As DCU explores its multiverse chapter with The Flash movie, it also revisits the first DC Extended Universe title, Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel. Michael Shannon‘s Kryptonian General Zod played the first villain of that interconnected DC Film franchise. But considering his character was killed off by Superman in the 2013 DCEU flick, the actor addressed in a recent interview his initial confusion about being approached to play the antagonist.
The Flash movie is currently being positioned as one of, if not the best DC Studios’ upcoming releases for 2023, with even DCU head James Gunn and WBD’s CEO David Zaslav speaking highly of Andy Muschietti‘s speedster feature. The trailer assures an action-packed multiverse adventure exploring two versions of Batman but the best takeaway was Zod’s introduction and Sasha Calle‘s Supergirl facing off Faora (Antje Traue).
“I was a little confused. I said, ‘As memory serves me, I think I died in Man of Steel. Are they sure they got the right guy?'” Shannon said to Looper about playing the 2013 DC film role. “But then they explained to me the whole multiverse phenomenon, which … I was a little behind the times on that.”
While movies from the superhero hero are not on Shannon’s watchlist titles – he still holds his work on MOS dearly for collaborating with Zack Snyder. Moreover, it seems the 48-year-old star was not required to spend a lengthy period filming his part unlike the lead stars Ezra Miller and Michael Keaton, whose appearance is a large part of The Flash except for the ending.
“I loved making Man of Steel, and I love working with [director] Zack [Snyder], and I felt like it was actually, in a way, a fairly important film,” Shannon added. “It was nice to revisit the character. I wasn’t there for a terribly long time. I was in and out in a couple of weeks, so it was a nice way to spend a bit of my summer in England. [The Flash director Andy Muschietti’s] a lovely guy and a great artist, visually, and I had a blast.”
The Flash movie is expected to be the curtain call moment for DCEU since the movie’s Flashpoint-Esque storyline resets the universe. Interestingly, not all characters from the main timeline are impacted by this world-altering event so it is not yet certain who gets to continue on in James Gunn’s Gods and Monsters with even Zachary Levi‘s Shazam riding on the potential success of the sequel at the box office.
The Flash will land in theaters on June 16.
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