Michael Shannon Clarifies “Flippers As Hands” Comment Ahead Of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice


In the fallout of San Diego Comic-Con, where excitement for Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice reached the stratosphere following the release of the full-length trailer, news relating to the titanic DC showdown has been arriving thick and fast. From the reception of that early screening to Jesse Eisenberg singing the film’s praises, we’ve been inundated with juicy tidbits, and one of the more peculiar ones to arrive in the last few weeks came from General Zod himself, Michael Shannon.

Speculation has been rampant about his involvement in Dawn of Justice, though the actor seemed to hint that his character would be seen with flippers for hands. Somehow, almost inexplicably, this blew up over the Internet, though Shannon has now clarified the comments in the time since.


Per The Daily Beast, Shannon revealed the truth of the matter in a recent interview, indulging in the fact that he did indeed fabricate a story regarding Zod’s true role. Acting as smoke and mirrors, the actor even revealed that he was perplexed that the story gained so much traction in the first place.

“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.”

Legends and heresay are all part of the creative process when it comes to marquee blockbusters. From Benedict Cumberbatch continually denying his role as Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness to the radio silence that engulfed The Force Awakens for so long, half-truths and unfounded rumors are something we’ve come to expect from Hollywood’s biggest and most precious productions.

That doesn’t mean that Shannon didn’t offer up some tangible information about Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, claiming that he merely provided voiceover work for Snyder’s ensemble piece.

“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 will open in theaters on March 25, 2016.