We know that we can expect at least somewhat of a revisionist take on Superman when "Man of Steel" hits theaters next year, but a tap-dancing General Zod? If Michael Shannon is to be believed, Superman's Kryptonian nemesis could be borrowing a thing or two from the 2012 Oscars Best Picture winner.

On Saturday, at the biggest ceremony for independent film, the Independent Spirit Awards, Shannon arrived in support of his nominated film "Take Shelter," and stopped to speak with MTV News about his upcoming role as a super-villain.

For one of next year's biggest movies, we've seen next to nothing officially from Zack Snyder's reboot, but as one of the lucky few working on the film, Shannon has been privy to the top-secret info we've all craved.

"I saw the dance sequence, but that's it, just because I have to match the moves," Shannon joked — we hope. We could even see a silent, black-and-white, song-and-dance film à la "The Artist," the actor quipped: "We're actually taking a lot of stuff from 'The Artist' and incorporating it into 'The Man of Steel.' "

Getting a little more serious in his answers, Shannon admitted there will be some brains behind Zod's brawn. He shared that he got to perform some epic dialogue while filming the movie. "Zod has some speeches; he has some cool speeches," he said. "I got to say some cool stuff, but I can't say any of it right now."

After a long pause, Shannon shared what just might be an actual line from "Man of Steel": "Do you realize the universe is constantly shrinking, Superman?" Was it an actual line? Who knows, but it's certainly General Zod-ish.

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