It came as a surprise to everyone when General Zod (Michael Shannon), a character from Man of Steel (2013), appeared in The Flash’s Super Bowl trailer. Fans were confused, and even the villain’s interpreter was too.
“I was a little confused,” Shannon said in an interview with Looper (via EW). “I said, ‘As I recall, I think I died in Man of Steel. Are they sure they got the right guy?’ But then they explained to me the whole multiverse phenomenon, which… I was a little behind on that subject. I can’t say that I’m a huge consumer of this genre of films – not that I have anything against them. If I’m going to watch a movie, chances are it’s not going to be one of those, but I sure love making them,” he said.
Zod’s death at the hands of Superman (Henry Cavill) in Man of Steel generated great discord between the film’s critics and its supporters. Shannon, in turn, likes director Zack Snyder’s film and didn’t mind reprising the character.
“I loved doing Man of Steel and I loved working with Zack, and I felt that in some ways it was a very important movie,” said Shannon. “It was nice to revisit the character. I haven’t been there for a long time. I was in and out in a couple of weeks, so it was a great way to spend some of my summer in England. Andy is a lovely guy and a great artist, visually, and I had a great time,” she concluded.
The Flash will see Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) go back in time to prevent his mother’s murder. But in doing so, he changes the timeline – meaning Superman isn’t around to fight off General Zod’s invasion this time around. Fortunately, The Flash will have Michael Keaton’s Batman and Supergirl to help him patch things up.
More about The Flash
The plot of The Flash takes place after the events of Justice League, showing Barry Allen (Ezra Miller) traveling through time to prevent the murder of his mother, a crime for which his father was wrongfully convicted.
But his attitude has major consequences for the universe and, when going back in time, Barry travels through worlds different from his own and enlists the help of different versions of heroes he’s already known – including versions of Batman by Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck – to restore order to the universe.
The direction of the feature was in charge of Andy Muschietti (It: The Thing).
The Flash went through several readjustments during its post-production and famous DC heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman were removed from the film.
The Flash, starring Ezra Miller, premieres on June 15 in Brazil.
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