Michael Shannon didn't want 'silly' Superman suit

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A 2013 reboot of the classic superhero film series, Man of Steel will star British heartthrob Henry Cavill as Clark Kent while Amy Adams portrays Lois Lane. Kevin Costner and Diane Lane are also on board to star as Clark's parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent, respectively.

September 9th, 2011

Michael Shannon didn't want to wear a "silly" motion capture suit on 'Man of Steel'.

The actor portrays villainous General Zod in Zack Snyder's forthcoming Superman reboot starring Henry Cavill as the hero, and despite telling the director he was doubtful he could be "intimidating" in one of the technological suits, he has still been forced to wear one.

He said: "It's funny because when I met with Zack we were talking about it just before we started and he mentioned that there was going to be a lot of CGI, or whatever. I said, 'Just don't make me wear one of those silly suits.'

"He said, 'Oh yeah, don't worry, I know exactly what you're talking about. I was like, 'It's going to be really hard for me to be intimidating if I have to wear one of those silly suits.' He said, 'I totally understand.'

"Then I showed up and he's like, 'Dude, I swear to God, it's going to be so badass when we're done. Trust me, it's going to be wicked.' "

Although he was concerned, Michael - who is currently shooting the movie in the US - is throwing himself into the role and believes he will have a different take on the character compared to Terrence Stamp's interpretation in the original 'Superman'.

He added: "I'm not going to impersonate Terrence Stamp. I'm not going to have a British accent or anything.

"There's nothing holding me back. I think they're counting on me to give my interpretation. I'll do the best I can."