Michael Shannon shares his thoughts on the Snyder Cut
With Zack Snyder’s Justice League coming next year, a majority of cast members from Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have shared their thoughts and even offered support for the project. The latest to do so is actor Michael Shannon, who played General Zod in Superman’s solo flick.
“I feel for my friend Zack Snyder, he had a rough time of it,” Shannon told James Van Osdol when asked his thoughts on Snyder’s upcoming release. “Between the struggles with his family and what he went through with Warner Bros., Zack is a sweet, kind, gentle, hard-working, super conscientious human being and I hope that this release gives him some sense of satisfaction or vindication or whatever because he’s such a good person.”
“[He] deserves better than he’s been dealing with,” the actor added.
Shannon then reflected back on his time playing Zod in Man of Steel.
“I still, to this day, can’t even believe that he called me to do that. That did not seem like something that was within my reach. But yeah, he got me – he got me in there, so, thank God.”
Great. Can we throw him in the Snyder Cut too? We need more General Zod.
Zack Snyder’s Justice League will reportedly cost around $20-30 million in order to properly finish the editing and visual effects of the director’s original vision. The original post-production crew is also expected to return along with the cast members to record additional dialogue for the cut. No new footage will be shot, however.
Fueled by the hero’s restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Justice League sees Bruce Wayne enlist the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.
Justice League, which features a screenplay from Chris Terrio from a story by Snyder and Terrio, stars Affleck as Batman, Cavill as Superman, Gadot as Wonder Woman, Momoa as Aquaman, Miller as The Flash, Fisher as Cyborg, Willem Dafoe as Nuidis Vulko, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Connie Nielsen as Queen Hippolyta, with J.K. Simmons as Commissioner Gordon, and Amy Adams as Lois Lane.
Released in November 2017, the film earned mixed reviews from critics and audiences alike, praising the action and performances from Gadot and Miller while criticizing every other aspect of the film, namely the inconsistent tone that many fault Joss Whedon (The Avengers) for after taking over directorial duties from Snyder. With a large budget of $300 million and a break-even point of $750 million, the film is considered a box office bomb having grossed only $658 million.