Just when it seemed we had General Zod’s costume sort of figured out — actor Michael Shannon confirmed last week that it’s CGI — new photos from the Chicago set of Man of Steel raise new questions about what the Kryptonian criminal will be wearing in Zack Snyder’s franchise reboot.
The Oscar-nominated star of Revolutionary Road and Boardwalk Empire described the multicolored motion-capture suit he was glimpsed wearing on set as “one of the most humiliating garments that exists in the known universe.” But in two new photos that cropped up on the Superman: Man of Steel Facebook group, we see that Shannon also dons a practical costume, one that looks vaguely familiar.
The outfit is of course black, like the mesh-and-vinyl suits worn by the Phantom Zone villains in Superman and Superman II — and, although missing the cape and hardware, it certainly complements the ensemble sported by Zod’s “new” henchwoman Faora (Antje Traue). However, if you look closely, you’ll see Zod’s costume is virtually identical to Superman’s redesigned threads — except, y’know, black. The gauntlets, the piping, the alien-like design on at the waist, curving around to the back. There may even be a chest emblem, but it’s tough to say for certain from those snapshots.
Naturally that all suggests both Zod’s and Superman’s costumes are Kryptonian, maybe even supplied by the general himself. What that tells us about the movie’s plot, and where the CGI suit comes into play, is anybody’s guess.
Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Julia Ormond as Lara Lor-Van, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Antje Traue as Faora, Harry Lennix as General Swanwick and Christopher Meloni as Col. Hardy. The film opens June 14, 2013.