Look! Up in the sky, it's a bird, it's a plane! No, it's Michael Shannon in a Zod-damned motion capture suit. A snapshot of the actor wrapped in motion-capture sensors leaked onto the Internets from the Plano, Illinois set of the Zack Snyder-directed Man of Steel film. The Boardwalk Empire star originally denied wearing the digitally fashion-forward outfit, when he spoke to MTV, but admitted his humiliation of rocking the MOCAP to Moviefone.
When asked about the nature of his Kryptonian criminal's costume, Shannon, said:
"Yeah, it’s one of the most humiliating garments that exists in the known universe, yes. It’s very tight. It has a variety of different colors and shapes on it and it makes you feel like you’re the court jester. And it’s funny because when I met with Zack we were talking about it before it 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 done. Trust me, it’s going to be wicked.’ And, you know, people understand and you get used to it. The first day, you feel like you’re getting rushed by a fraternity… and then it wears off the next day. Because I’m not the only one wearing one – there are other people wearing them, too."
That, my friends, is what we call the ol' switcheroo. While Man of Steel will have a ton of time for post-production work, does having a majority CGI-filmed project bring home the box office bacon? It didn't exactly work out perfectly for The Green Lantern. Guess we'll all have to wait until June 14, 2013, when the film is scheduled for release, to see what the answer is. Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, and a host of others.