Michael Shannon ‘Superman’ Role ‘Came Out of Nowhere’

He calls his casting as villain Zod in director Zack Snyder's reboot “ridiculous.”

Michael Shannon, who was cast as villain Zod in director Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman reboot, still can’t get over the fact that he is now a part of the franchise.

"This 'Superman' thing is ridiculous. It just came out of nowhere," he said during an appearance at RiverRun International Film Festival in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, notes MTV.com. "I was talking to my agent ... she's like, 'How about 'Superman'? I'm like, 'What?' The idea that I would ever be in 'Superman'! I'm like, 'Are you serious?' "
When he met Snyder, Shannon said he was “seriously sitting there and he's telling me, 'You can't read the script, so I'm just gonna tell you what happens.' And he spent a half hour telling me every scene in this movie. He's at his home in Pasadena and I'm looking out — there's the Rose Bowl, there's little hummingbirds flying around. I'm like, 'I'm on acid!' "
Snyder eventually decided Shannon was perfect fit. To convince others, he had Shannon and Henry Cavill (who plays Superman) do a reading together. "They said, 'You have to come back because we want to see if you and Superman have chemistry,’” Shannon recalled.
He got the part a month after their reading.
His thoughts of Cavill as Superman?
Said Shannon, "I think this guy will be all right.”