Batman v Superman – Creating Zod’s body

Last week Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opened to very poor critical reception but likewise a solid opening weekend at the box-office. So if you have seen the film, good for you and continue reading, if not, then there are some potential spoilers ahead. Cool ? Moving on….

In Man of Steel, Kal is forced to kill General Zod as he vows to destroy the human race. Superman is forced to snap his neck (a move that proved to be very controversial). So, 18 months later Zod’s body is under the protection of the U.S. Government which is acquired for research by none another than Lex Luthor. In the video clip below by character effects company Amalgamated Dynamics, Inc we see the process for creating Michael Shannon’s replicas later used in the film. The replicas are ultra realistic and intricately developed using life casts creating the illusion that Shannon was really present as the corpse in the film.

Watch the clip below:

Video Courtesy StudioADI via YouTube

For the blockbuster BATMAN VS SUPERMAN, ADI created two ultra-realistic replicas of the deceased General Zod that would withstand close scrutiny by a camera lense. Fitness trainer Greg Plitt came to ADI for us to lifecast his body from the neck down while our colleague Barney Burman loaned us a headcast of actor Michael Shannon. Once the Shannon headcast was copied both the head and body were run in silicone with a polyfoam fill to make them solid. Tony Matijevich, Brian Clawson, and Tim Leach created both Zod bodies; Denise Baer punched hair; Mike Larrabee painted both Zods.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill , Ben Affleck , Amy Adams , Jeremy Irons , Diane Lane , Gal Gadot , Lawrence Fishburne , and Jessie Eisenberg.

Here’s the official plot synopsis :

Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs.  And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

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Kenneth Sequeira

A self confessed Nolanite, Batfan and a young cinephile.