Michael Shannon Backpedals on Batman v Superman Comments

Two weeks ago, Man of Steel star Michael Shannon made a strange reveal about the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, telling Vulture: “In the sequel I have flippers instead of hands.” Now in an interview with The Daily Beast, Shannon says he made up this bit of information.

“Somebody was asking me about this in New York and I made up some ridiculous bulls**t answer about how my character Zod has flippers, and this went viral on the Internet or something and people have been asking me about that. That is so obviously a complete bulls**t story, right? But people took it seriously.”

Secrecy is a big tool for studios and filmmakers on these gigantic tent-pole movies. We’ve seen it in action with Marvel Studios and all of their films, WB’s Man of Steel, and most notably with J.J. Abrams and the cast of Star Trek Into Darkness; half-truths and misleading quotes are simply a part of the promotional game now. This raises a question, however. Which time was it that Michael Shannon “made up some ridiculous bullsh**?” Is he in fact trying to preserve a secret from the upcoming film by saying he made up the initial quote or did he really make up a story about being trapped in a porta potty, and if so, why?

Shannon did go on to talk about his time on the set of “Dawn of Justice,” saying he didn’t put on a costume but simply provided voice over work.

“The thing about the whole Krypton universe, apparently, is that even when you destroy them, there are ghosts. The first [film], Jor-El is there even though he’s been dead for lord knows how long…I went over and did some voice-over stuff because it’s like that ghost thing. But I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. I get very nervous.”

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film. Jason Momoa will also be making an appearance as Aquaman.

Directed by Zack Snyder, written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, the film is produced by Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is set to open worldwide on March 25, 2016.