Michael Shannon Flip-Flops on Flipper Flap, Fesses Fib

Michael effing Shannon. Photo: Warner Brothers

Two weeks ago, Michael Shannon told Vulture a humorous anecdote about getting stuck in a bathroom on the set of Batman v Superman: "I was in my costume, and I couldn’t use my fingers because in the sequel I have flippers instead of hands. So I had these wax flippers on my fingers, and I couldn’t open the door, and I could hear Zack [Snyder] being like, 'Where’s Shannon? Where the fuck is he?' and the whole crew was standing around. I was like, knocking on the door with my flippers, 'Let me out of here!'" A hilarious story, and one that was widely aggregated because of the apparent revelation that Shannon's General Zod would indeed return for the Man of Steel sequel (and also because of the flipper thing). But now Shannon tells The Daily Beast that he made the whole thing up as a joke, and the media bought it hook, line, and sinker. In other words: The flippers flap was a fib, a flub, and a flip-flop!