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Wait, Why Does General Zod Have Flipper Hands In Batman v Superman?

Michael Shannon's General Zod met with a pretty grisly end in Man of Steel, but his story isn't over in the growing DC Cinematic Universe. As was revealed in the first trailer for Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the Kryptonian's body will be playing a role in the story. What you probably didn't know, however, is that somehow the character winds up with a pair of flippers where his hands should be.

Vulture recently caught up with Michael Shannon, and it was while the actor was telling a funny story about being trapped in a port-o-potty on the set of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice that he revealed his appendages will be undergoing a bit of a transformation in the sequel.

I was in my costume, and I couldn’t use my fingers because in the sequel I have flippers instead of hands. So I had these wax flippers on my fingers, and I couldn’t open the door, and I could hear Zack [Snyder]being like, 'Where’s Shannon? Where the fuck is he?' And the whole crew was standing around. I was like, knocking on the door with my flippers, 'Let me out of here!'

Eventually Shannon was rescued when a member of the craft services team came over to open the door, but that's probably the least interesting thing about this story. Why the hell would General Zod have flippers for hands in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?

Before I want to go further, I want to lay down a SPOILER WARNING, and what's being speculated about here might not be a thing that plays out until the movie's third act. We don't know anything for sure, of course, but if you're wary of fact-based conjecture, you may want to click away to another article.

When reading this story, a rumor that started spreading around early in the year immediately came to mind. Back then, a report came out saying that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice would not only feature the body of General Zod, but that experiments by Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor would activate some sort of "Doomsday genome" that winds up transforming Zod into the monster that comic book fans know as Doomsday.

There isn't enough information currently available to confirm that this is actually what's going to happen, but when thought about logically it makes a good amount of sense. As the title implies, the movie will definitely have Batman and Superman squaring off in a big way, but they will surely eventually join forces to defeat a common enemy. Being a human with genius intelligence, Lex Luthor doesn't really stand any chance against the heroes in a physical confrontation, but if he winds up creating an ally in Doomsday he will have the perfect agent to fight against the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight.

Why do you think Michael Shannon was wearing flippers on the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set? Do you think Doomsday is an option? Hit the comments section with your thoughts.

Eric Eisenberg
Eric Eisenberg

NJ native who calls LA home; lives in a Dreamatorium. A decade-plus CinemaBlend veteran; endlessly enthusiastic about the career he’s dreamt of since seventh grade.