Michael Shannon Amused That Flipper Zod 'Superman' Theory Was Taken Seriously

"That is so obviously a complete bullshit story, right? But people took it seriously," the actor says of his comments about his mutated cameo.
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Sorry, Zod fans: it turns out that Michael Shannon was just joking when he said that he would appear in next year's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice with flippers for hands.

"Somebody was asking me about this in New York and I made up some ridiculous bullshit answer about how my character Zod has flippers, and this went viral on the Internet or something and people have been asking me about that," Shannon told The Daily Beast. "That is so obviously a complete bullshit story, right? But people took it seriously."

Shannon's joke was taken by some as a sign that Zod was mutate into Superman villain Doomsday in the follow-up to 2013's Man of Steel, despite the fact that Doomsday — the character that temporarily killed Superman back in 1993 — doesn't actually have flippers for hands. Chalk it up to the power of speculative thinking.

Even though Shannon was joking about his flippered fate, his character shows up in the trailer for BvS, which he finds amusing: "It's a really awkward situation," he said. "I'm in the trailer for a movie that I didn't work on." Well, didn't work on much, at least; it turns out that he will be in the movie — in voice. "The thing about the whole Krypton universe, apparently, is that even when you destroy them, there are ghosts," he explained. "I went over and did some voiceover stuff because it’s like that ghost thing. But I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that."

Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released March 25, 2016. Flippers not included.