A little over a year before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hit theaters, actor Michael Shannon was rumored to be somehow involved in the sorta-sequel to 2013’s Man of Steel. (After all, he played the first film’s villain, General Zod, who’d been killed in a controversial scene by Henry Cavill’s Kal-El.) In the months that followed, Shannon would fan the flames with fake quotes about “flippers,” later remark that said quotes were fake, then say something else to excite and enrage comic book movie fans and critics alike. Why? Because as he told Uproxx’s Mike Ryan while promoting Midnight Special, it was just a bunch of fun-loving “nonsense” to rile everyone up.
Hence why the internet lost even more of its collective mind on Friday when Vulture published a collection of quotes from celebrities discussing whether or not they thought Batman or Superman would win in a fight. Everyone from Captain America: Civil War‘s Sebastian Stan to Supergirl‘s Laura Benanti chimed in, but one comment stood out. And yes, it was Michael Shannon:
“I’m so utterly unconcerned with the outcome of that fight. So profoundly, utterly unconcerned. I can’t even come up with a fake answer. I guess I have to root for Superman because he killed me, so I would hope that he would continue his killing spree and become like a serial killer Superman. That’s a new take on Superman. We’d all be in a heap of trouble if Superman was a serial killer. He could just wipe us all out. But then he’d be lonely.”
When the interviewer felt compelled to point out that Superman is already lonely, Shannon turned the discussion completely on its head:
“Well, we’re all lonely.”