New Zod, “Squad” & “Wonder Woman” Talk

A couple of updates on three films in the DC Cinematic Universe today.

First up, Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice”. A while back Michael Shannon gave an interview in which he suggested his return as General Zod from “Man of Steel” in the follow-up film involves his character sporting flippers on his hands.

This led to suggestions that his character’s dead body would be the subject of nasty experiments in the film. Shannon is now stepping back on those comments, but has offered some new ones that are more confusing. He tells The Daily Beast:

“Somebody was asking me about this in New York and I made up some ridiculous bulls–t answer about how my character Zod has flippers, and this went viral on the Internet or something and people have been asking me about that. That is so obviously a complete bulls–t story, right? But people took it seriously.

I wasn’t there [the ‘Dawn of Justice’ film set]. It’s a really awkward situation – I’m in the trailer for a movie that I didn’t work on. The thing about the whole Krypton universe, apparently, is that even when you destroy them, there are ghosts. The first [film], Jor-El is there even though he’s been dead for lord knows how long. I went over and did some voice-over stuff because it’s like that ghost thing. But I don’t know if I’m supposed to say that. I get very nervous.”

Next up comes David Ayer’s “Suicide Squad” which has wrapped principal photography. Some lingering second unit filming with stuntmen has been happening this week and ETalk has posted video and photos from the set in Toronto.

It seems the action sequence involving Batman trying to break into The Joker’s moving car, originally filmed a few months ago and briefly glimpsed in the Comic Con trailer, is getting some additional photography. The site also describes the sequence: “Batman breaks through the top of The Joker’s car, as The Joker and Harley Quinn sit inside. As the car goes plunging into the water, Batman repels off just in time.”

Finally there’s “Wonder Woman” and Yahoo Italy reports that Basilicata in Southern Italy’s Lucania region will serve as a major shooting location for the new movie. The location includes the ancient city of Mattera (used in the likes of “Ben-Hur”) and plenty of exotic seaside locations.

MTMP indicates that “Interstellar” and “Spectre” cinematographer Hoyte Van Hoytema will serve as the director of photography on “Wonder Woman” which begins its principal shoot this Fall in the United Kingdom.