Michael Shannon The Flash

Michael Shannon on Playing Zod In The Flash: ‘I Was in and Out’

Man of Steel star Michael Shannon has discussed his experience playing Zod in the upcoming DC Studios movie The Flash.

What did Michael Shannon say about working on The Flash?

While breaking down his most famous roles for Vanity Fair, Shannon touched on how his role as Zod differed in The Flash compared to his original portrayal in Man of Steel.

“But it was a very different thing because, like, Man of Steel was like a year of my life, between the training … we did a whole summer of physical training leading up to the shooting and the shoot was like six months long or something,” Shannon explained. “I was in and out of Flash in like a flash. That’s it. The Flash isn’t my story, you know? I’m there as an adversary. A threat. A problem to be dealt with. The Flash is really the Flash’s story.”

DC Studios’ The Flash movie is directed by Andy Muschietti from a screenplay written by Birds of Prey scribe Christina Hodson. It stars Ezra Miller as Flash/Barry Allen, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Maribel Verdú as Nora Allen, Sasha Calle as Supergirl, and Ron Livingston as Henry Allen, along with Keaton and Ben Affleck who will reprise their respective versions of Bruce Wayne/Batman for the film.

“Worlds collide in The Flash when Barry uses his superpowers to travel back in time in order to change the events of the past,” reads the synopsis. “But when his attempt to save his family inadvertently alters the future, Barry becomes trapped in a reality in which General Zod has returned, threatening annihilation, and there are no super heroes to turn to.”

The film is executive produced by Marianne Jenkins, with Michael Disco and Barbara Muschietti serving as producers. It is slated to arrive in theaters on June 16.