Hot on the heels of Sunday’s announcement that Michael Shannon has been cast as the supervillain General Zod in Zack Snyder’s ‘Superman: Man of Steel,’/FILM have uncovered this video of Shannon speaking about the role at the River Run International Film Festival: “So I go meet him [Zack Snyder] and he’s seriously sitting there and he’s telling me – he’s like ‘You can’t read the script, so I’m just gonna tell you what happens.’ And he spent like a half hour telling me every scene in this movie…and then it’s a month later, it’s like ‘OK, you’re General Zod.’”

He spoke on the casting process, how he got the role, Christopher Reeves, Henry Cavill and more: “This Superman thing, It’s ridiculous!” says Shannon of the casting, “It just came out of nowhere. I’m talking to my agent and she goes, ‘How about Superman?’ ‘What?’ The idea that I would ever be in ‘Superman’. ‘Are you serious?'” Check out the full video below. Look out for ‘Superman: Man of Steel’ swooping into cinemas December 2012.