It’s like ‘playing with action figures’

When “The Flash” opens in theaters next weekend, comic book fans will be treated to several cameos from returning DC stars. Both Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck are reprising their Batman iterations, and Nicolas Cage will finally get a chance to appear as Superman. Zack Snyder’s “Man of Iron” Michael Shannon will also be represented as he returns as the villainous General Zod.

In a new interview with Collider, Shannon shared some thoughts about his return to the DC Extended Universe — and they weren’t all positive. He explained that while various films provide great opportunities for actors to reprise their beloved roles, they rob those roles of the humanity that made them so appealing in the first place.

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“Yes. I won’t lie, it wasn’t satisfying for me as an actor. “These versatile movies are like someone playing with action figures,” Shannon said of his experience working on “The Flash.” “Here is this man. Here’s the guy. And they are fighting!’ It’s not a deep character study situation that I honestly felt was ‘Man of Steel’. Even if people think that’s crazy, I don’t even care. I felt like ‘Iron Man’ was actually a really sophisticated story. I feel like ‘The Flash’, but it’s not a Zod story. I’m basically going to present a challenge.”

He continued: “It’s crazy. I never thought I would be a man of action. I never thought this to myself. I can’t take all the credit because I’m not an action figure. It’s General Zod. That would be weird if I had my own Michael Shannon action figure.

Despite Shannon’s lack of creativity on “The Flash,” the actor had kind words for his troubled co-star Ezra Miller. The actor recently revealed that he sympathizes with Shannon Miller despite his many legal troubles because he understands the pressure of working in the public eye.

“I thought Ezra was very nice – he was very kind to me when I was there,” he said. “It’s hard to talk about, but I always give people a lot of trouble in this business, because there are a lot of people who have problems in this business. And some people have more privacy than others.

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