Michael Shannon Won’t Deliver Famous Line in Man of Steel

Details are few on the precise nature of Michael Shannon’s General Zod in next summer’s Man of Steel to the point that, at Comic-Con earlier this year, director Zack Snyder refused to even confirm Zod as the villain. Today, VH1 has made a small chink in the film’s armor of secrecy, learning that the actor won’t deliver the famous, “Kneel Before Zod!” line from Superman II.

“I don’t say that in the movie,” he admits at the tail end of a gag segment on “Big Morning Buzz Live.”

In the past, Snyder has stressed that his vision for Man of Steel is one created as though no previous Superman films exist. Although “Kneel Before Zod!” has since made its way to the comics, the line was not a character catchphrase prior to Terence Stamp’s performance.

There’s also the possibility that the line is included in the film but is delivered by another character, such as Antje Traue’s Faora or that, as in many comic book films, the line is delivered by someone else a joke, poking fun at its familiarity.

Man of Steel also stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Ayelet Zurer, Russell Crowe, Harry Lennix and Christopher Meloni. The film hits theaters on June 14, 2013.

You can check out the full VH1 segment in the player below: