November 18, 2016: Michael Shannon Recorded Lines for “Batman v Superman”

generalzoddummyAfter he played General Zod in “Man of Steel”, we kept hearing rumors during the making of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” of Michael Shannon’s involvement in the film…

While General Zod’s body (a digitally created dummy) did make an appearance in the movie, Michael Shannon told Metro.US in a recent interview that he was never personally involved.

“To be honest, I never went to the set of that movie ever.”

However, what’s interesting is the revelation that director Zack Snyder did bring Shannon in to record some dialogue that was never included in the final cut of the movie (or event the Ultimate Cut).

“I did some ADR, I recorded some lines that Zack wasn’t even sure he was going to use – like, creepy shit I’d be saying to Lex Luthor in the spirit world or wherever.”

Source: Metro.US

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November 18, 2016 4:53 pm

Well then why did he previously say he was on set? I remember him saying something about having flippers on his fingers and couldn’t open a door with Zack Snyder asking where he was. They even brought it up on Collider Heroes before BvS opened. I think he just likes messing with people.

November 18, 2016 6:22 pm
Reply to  LJ_602

he totally has a dry sense of humor and was being facetious during that flipper interview. but i admit being unsure whether to believe him or not at the time, lol

November 18, 2016 9:24 pm

“creepy s**t I’d be saying to Lex Luthor in the spirit world or wherever.”

Maybe I’m reading too much into it, but I feel like that was a subtle hint to Superman’s resurrection in JL. In the comics, after his death, Superman encountered not only his adoptive father Jonathan in the spirit world, but also his biological father Jor-El (during what looked like some sort of Kryptonian ritualistic celebration). Hope this is the case.

November 19, 2016 8:07 am

I wager his lines would be intended to show Lex’s sanity breaking down during his experiment, probably left just vague enough to tie into the whole man-making-god or god-making-man metaphor.

If so, that’s the second thing I can’t even begin to understand why Snyder left out.

Still, considering Shannon never filmed anything for the movie I remain in awe at the accuracy of that dummy the team made for the dead body. I wouldn’t know it wasn’t him if he hadn’t said so.

November 21, 2016 2:51 pm

Actually the body was not “a digitally created dummy”. It was a “real” dummy. I think you can see how they did it in the DVD extras, it is pretty impressive how it looks real.