Friday, March 15, 2013

Henry Cavill & Michael Shannon Talk ‘Man Of Steel,’ Superman & General Zod (FLICKS AND BITS)

Speaking to Total Film Magazine (quotes via CBM) for their “Heroes and Villains” cover story on ‘Man of Steel,’ both Henry Cavill (Superman/Clark Kent) and Michael Shannon (General Zod) shed some light on Zack Snyder’s much anticipated Superman reboot. ”Having gone to boarding school, I didn’t have a comic-book store nearby,” Cavill said when asked whether or not he grew up a fan of the iconic DC superhero. “But as soon as I was cast in the movie, that’s when I got my full, real introduction to Superman.” After plenty of reading and watching a pile of box sets, Cavill finally felt as if he had a good grip on the character. “I managed to piece together this character, maintaining that baseline and having all differences and nuances that our script adds. This is our own thing, Stand-alone. It’s about Superman, but we’re not copying from any one comic book in particular. And that’s a good thing, because its an origin-story.”

On the topic of General Zod, Michael Shannon said, “He’s not a villain. He’s not a villain any more than any other General fighting to protect his people. He doesn’t like to just hurt people and steal diamonds; he’s focused on being successful at his job.” Unlike Henry Cavill, Shannon didn’t look to the past for inspiration, saying instead that he wants to take this version of the character in a different direction altogether. “I think the way Terrence Stamp approached it – and this isn’t any kind if criticism of his performance – there was something kind of detached about it. Pure, hatred, rage, whatever… I think this [characterisation] is more ambiguous.” As for General Zod’s suit in ‘Man of Steel,’ Shannon emphasises that motion capture technology was necessary as, “the real thing would probably crush me.”  Pick up the latest issue of Total Film Magazine for more from Cavill and Shannon about ‘Man of Steel.’


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