MAN OF STEEL Star Michael Shannon Hopes Zack Snyder Is Involved With Warner Bros.' SUPERGIRL Movie

Michael Shannon has only just found out that Warner Bros. is making a Supergirl movie, and when he was asked whether he could return as General Zod, he instead lobbied for Zack Snyder to be involved!

As of right now, it doesn't sound like Warner Bros. has any plans to bring Superman back to the big screen, and the last major update we got on the hero's future was that his cousin Supergirl is actually a bigger priority for the studio now! Oren Uziel has been hired to pen the screenplay, but no director or star has been attached to the project as of yet. 

During a recent interview with Gold Coast Bulletin, Man of Steel star Michael Shannon was asked about possibly reprising the role of General Zod in Supergirl, and admitted that this was the first he had heard of the project. 

However, he did lobby for Zack Snyder to be brought in by the studio to develop the spinoff!

"Wow, that’s interesting. I swear to God, I am not kidding — you are breaking this news to me," he admitted. "I will have to look into that. Zod again? I don’t know — it’s been a while. I am a little older and creakier now — I’m not sure I could do all the moves."

"Also, I have to say in complete and utter seriousness that I just loved working with Zack Snyder and that was a big part of it for me," Shannon continued. "I don’t know who’s making this Supergirl movie but I really treasure that experience with Zack. He’s a hell of a guy." That's quite the endorsement from the notoriously picky actor, and he clearly has a lot of respect for the filmmaker.
 
Snyder dropped some hints about Supergirl in Man of Steel, but Warner Bros. is no doubt now planning to move on from his vision for the DC Extended Universe by delivering a very different take on Supergirl. How this movie will affect The CW's TV series remains unclear, unless the plan is for it to have been cancelled by the time the hero flies into theaters. 
 
Would you like to see the big screen Supergirl square off with Shannon's General Zod?
 
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John Krasinski



John Krasinski made a name for himself in The Office before narrowly missing out on the role of Captain America. Since then, he's transformed himself for roles in 13 Hours and Amazon Prime's Jack Ryan, both of which proved that he has no problems taking on the role of classic American heroes. 

At 38 years of age, Krasinski would obviously be playing an older, more experienced Superman and with Warner Bros. reportedly not looking to start production on the movie for several years, he could be aged out of the role by then. That's a shame, though, especially as he's a great fit for the hero.

 

Alden Ehrenreich



I'm sure many of you are recoiling in your seats at the prospect of seeing the Solo: A Star Wars Story star play another iconic character but he did a lot of great work before heading to a Galaxy Far, Far Away and playing Harrison Ford playing Han Solo was never going to be a particularly easy task.

Providing he bulks up and distances himself from Star Wars (where there's no denying he did a great job), Ehrenreich could make a great Superman and he definitely has the right look and acting chops to pull it off. It just depends whether or not Warner Bros. will be able to see past him playing Han Solo!

 

Tye Sheridan



One of the biggest problems with Man of Steel in the eyes of many fans is that Clark Kent became Superman too late. It wasn't until he was almost thirty that he donned those iconic glasses and his cape so the focus now being shifted to a version who has only just become Superman would work.

After his impressive work in Ready Player One (not to mention a number of other movies), Sheridan would definitely be a solid pick for a younger Superman and with Cyclops soon set to land in his rearview mirror when Marvel reboots the X-Men, there's nothing stopping him from jumping to DC.

 

Ansel Elgort



Ansel Elgort made a name for himself starring in The Divergent Series and The Fault in Our Stars but he really rose to prominence after starring in Edgar Wright's Baby Driver. Another actor who is on the younger side, he would definitely be a solid choice for a Clark Kent gaining control of his powers. 

Now, it's fair to say that we don't need another origin story but a movie focusing on an inexperienced Superman who isn't perfect and doesn't necessarily know how to be a superhero yet would obviously be something different and I think Elgort would be a strong contender for that version of the hero.

 

Dan Stevens



Dan Stevens rose to fame for his impressive performance in The Guest and later took on memorable starring roles in the likes of Beauty and the Beast and FX's Legion. A superb actor, Stevens will need to bulk up considerably to play Superman but I don't find it at all hard to imagine him in the iconic suit. 

Stevens would be a good choice if Warner Bros. essentially wanted to continue telling Superman stories without rebooting the franchise or delving back into the character's origin story and while some might find it hard to separate him from that X-Men TV series, there's a lot more to him than that.

 

Liam Hemsworth



Liam Hemsworth missed out on the role of Thor to his older brother Chris and while he later made an impact in The Hunger Games franchise, it's fair to say he's never received the lead role he deserves. That doesn't mean he should just be handed the role of Superman, of course, but I think he'd nail it.

He has the right look and physique to play the Man of Steel and is the right age to bring a new version of the hero to life on screen. Throw in the fact that he's a known quantity but not a big enough name that he brings expectations to the role and I think Warner Bros. would be foolish to overlook him. 

 

Jamie Dornan



If you're only familiar with Dornan because of the Fifty Shades movies, you're probably recoiling in horror right now and wondering whether or not I've lost my mind. Well, it just so happens that the Irish actor has delivered a lot of incredible performances, with his role in BBC's The Fall a highlight.

If it wasn't for the stigma surrounding that sexy, R-Rated franchise, I think Dornan would have been cast as a superhero by now but with Warner Bros. holding off on making another Superman movie, enough time should pass for that to be a distant memory and for the actor to surprise us all here.

 

Richard Madden



I always thought that Richard Madden was one of Game of Thrones' most underrated stars and while he later landed a lead role in Cinderella, it wasn't until recently with BBC's Bodyguard that he was once again given the opportunity to show what a fantastic performer he is and he deserves a superhero role.

I think he has the right qualities to play the Man of Steel (providing he can pull off a convincing American accent) and so long as he bulks up and has a good shave, I don't think him taking over from Henry Cavill would be a bad thing by any means. There's room for him to put his stamp on the hero. 

 

Oscar Isaac



Oscar Isaac's name has recently been linked to Batman and while I would definitely love to see him suit up as the next Caped Crusader, I think Superman is a role the Star Wars actor could also do some amazing things with. Plus, he definitely has the right look for both of the iconic superheroes!

The signs are pointing to Episode IX drawing a close to this current trilogy and the cast who have helped bring the Skywalker Saga to an end, so Isaac's schedule will be looking a lot lighter in the years to come. Plus, let's face it: he desperately needs to redeem himself for 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse

 

Michael B. Jordan



Michael B. Jordan is an incredible actor who delivered a stellar performance in Chronicle and later made a name for himself with Creed and Black Panther. Now one of the hottest commodities in Hollywood, it's no wonder that his name has already been linked to the role of Superman after Cavill.

If you're wondering why he's the only non-white actor in this list, it's because changing Superman's race would fundamentally alter the character and it's hard to say whether that's the right move. With Jordan in the role, though, we'd have to give it a shot and I definitely think it has some potential. 


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