How The Corpse Of General Zod Was Made

The folks at Studio ADI were tasked with creating the realistic looking corpse of General Zod (Michael Shannon) in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The corpse ended up playing a huge part in the film and had to be believable. The video below shows the step back step creation of the body from casting off of Shannon himself, to spraying in the color and shadows. Pretty amazing stuff really.

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.


About Dan Wickline

Has quietly been working at Bleeding Cool for over three years. He has written comics for Image, Top Cow, Shadowline, Avatar, IDW, Dynamite, Moonstone, Humanoids and Zenescope. He is the author of the Lucius Fogg series of novels and a published photographer.