In a recent interview with Moviefone, Michael Shannon confirms that he’s doing motion capture for his role as General Zod in the Man of Steel:
“[I]t’s one of the most humiliating garments that exists in the known universe,” Shannon explains, “…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.”
Though he admits that he got used to the costume (which will be replaced in post-production by an currently unknown design), Shannon says he wasn’t a fan of having to don the tights.
“[I]t’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… 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.'”
The reasoning for whatever effect is being employed is still a mystery, but Shannon does tease that he’s not the only actor who will be filmed in a such an outfit.
Also starring Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Julia Ormond and Christopher Meloni , Man of Steel is currently targeted for release on June 14, 2013.