With just over a month to go before the release of Zack Snyder’s epic Man of Steel, expect the promotional activity to really start kicking into gear soon. It has been a slow, and carefully thought out campaign so far, with trailers, images and TV spots only giving away a small amount of clearly what producer Christopher Nolan will allow.
Today we have a new, and yet again deadly serious TV spot to share with you below, and this one focuses on Russell Crowe as Jor-El. However, we also have some exciting words from General Zod himself, thanks to an interview with The Huffington Post. Michael Shannon, who plays General Zod with what appears to be incredible natural menace, spoke about just how good Man of Steel is:
“It’s a big build-up. I’ll tell you, I saw it last Monday – it’s worth it,” he insisted. He went on to say “It’s going to blow everybody’s socks off. And I know they’re probably pissed off, like I’m jinxing it or something and I shouldn’t say that. I’ll knock on wood just out of deference to the gods, but the movie is solid. It’s gonna get the job done.”
Shannon went on to talk about how he felt playing General Zod, and how, at first, he felt silly in his costume and didn’t feel he was doing the character (played by Terence Stamp in Superman 1 and 2) justice:
“I remember the first couple of days I was on set, I thought, ‘This is ridiculous. I look like an idiot. I don’t look anything like General Zod. I’m a total failure’,” he recalled. “I went over to the screen for playback and it was ridiculous. All of us were wearing pyjamas, basically.”
He continued: “And there was this neon green set of stairs that was supposed to be our spaceship. So you see us all marching down these neon green stairs in our pyjamas and I’m like, ‘This looks like a Monty Python skit’.
“And he’s [Snyder] like, ‘I know right now it looks pretty silly, but, two years from now, it’s going to look like the most badass thing you’ve ever seen in your life’. And he’s right.”
Directed by Zack Snyder, produced by Christopher Noaln and written by David S. Goyer and Jonathan Nolan, the film stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent, Michael Shannon as General Zod and Russell Crowe as Jor-El. Also amongst the highly impressive cast are Laurence Fishburne, Christopher Meloni, Ayelet Zurer and Antje Traue.
Man of Steel arrives in cinemas June 14th.
In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Henry Cavill) is a young twenty-something journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond his imagination. Transported years ago to Earth from Krypton, a highly advanced, distant planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question ‘Why am I here?’ Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Diane Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Clark discovers having extraordinary abilities means making difficult decisions. When the world is in dire need of stability, an even greater threat emerges. Clark must become a Man of Steel, to protect the people he loves and shine as the world’s beacon of hope – Superman.