Originally Posted by pr0xyt0xin
There's a lot of lines I feel like Shannon didn't pull off. Upon my second viewing this week I'll bring some specifics. But his voice didn't carry enough emotion or emphasis in many scenes. I hate to say "he sounded bored" because I realize he was most definitely not bored. He's too good of an actor for that. But something was off.
Oh well, loved the movie and still loved the character.
I agree. I love Michael Shannon, I think he is one of, if not the best American actor working today. However, the word I would choose for General Zod in this film is slight. For some reason he didn't have a lot of presence onscreen, and I don't know if it was the performance or the things he was given to do, but he never quite felt like a force to be reckoned with until towards the end.
I watched The Dark Knight Rises last night, and Bane was an absolute giant in that, not necessarily physically, but his entire presence is felt throughout. Shannon never got a scene like "Do you feel in charge?" or "Follow him." to flesh out Zod. Almost all of his scenes were plot specific, so the story was dictating who he was and not the other way around. Ultimately I'm going to take the easy way out and blame David Goyer for not giving him enough moments to shine.