'Man Of Steel' Exclusive Interview: How Michael Shannon Became General Zod

by Brett White

"Man of Steel's" Michael Shannon is shaping up to become the breakout star of the summer. His shouting General Zod has to be one of the highlights of a trailer filled with highlights, and he's even become an internet sensation thanks to his dramatic reading of an incredibly NSFW sorority letter for Funny or Die. With a lead role in this summer's Superman film, Shannon's poised to join the bad guy big leagues. But just how did Shannon land the role of General Zod?

"I got a phone call," Shannon tells MTV News' Josh Horowitz. "They said 'Zack Snyder wants you to play General Zod in 'Man of Steel.' I'm like, 'I don't believe you.'" To find out more about the phone call that created Zod, check out the full interview below.

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