Russell Crowe is Superman’s Other Dad in The Man of Steel

After searching the universe high and low and under rugby stadiums around this ’round Earth of ours, Zack Snyder’s “Superman” has found its second dad: Russell Crowe is currently in talks to play the Man of Steel’s Kryptonian father, Jor-El, the role originally played by Marlon Brando in the Richard Donner original.

Crowe will join Kevin Costner as Superman’s adopted human dad, with Diane Lane playing his adopted human mom. Henry Cavill will play Clark Kent, aka super illegal immigrant Superman, while Amy Adams will assay intrepid reporter Lois Lane. The film’s intergalactic baddies will be provided by Michael Shannon as world-conquering General Zod, while “Pandorum’s” Antje Traue will play the villainous Faora.

While the Christopher Nolan-produced reboot is keeping its plot details close to the vest, it’s expected that the film will reboot the character and re-tell his origins with an eye towards more “gritty” realism. Or, you know, as “real” as you can get with a dude who can fly and wear his undies on the outside of his pants, I mean. The fact that Jor-El has been cast would seem to confirm the “reboot” bit of rumor.

Still uncast — Superman’s Kryptonian mom. Hopefully whoever they get, she can stand up to Superman’s human mom cause damn, Diane Lane ain’t no joke on the hot-o-meter scale, kids.

Production on “The Man of Steel” is set for as early as next month.



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  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    WHOA!!! That’s a huge score! Shaping up to be pretty cool!

    • Juggernaut

      Really good pick! Now for his super-mom. I don’t know what she’s looking like these days but I’ve always thought that Madeline Stowe would make a good Lara. Catherine Zeta-Lones would be good too.

      Also, how cool would it be if the story didn’t involve Lex at all. Then, in an after credits scene, he is shown in the penthouse of Lexcorp staring out across his city, Metropolis with satisfaction. He sees smoke rising in the distance. His face bears a menacing grin. It was one of the many crimes that have been plaguing the city and he is behind it. Suddenly the smoke clears and a blue and red flash darts up through the towering buildings and is gone in an instant! Lex leans toward the glass in shock. In the background, on the television, there is an update on the news program that he has been blissfully listening to since the blaze was first reported of a daring rescue and miraculous relief from the flames. He staggers backwards to meet the designer lounge chair that decorates his plush and sprawling office. His cell phone rings. He slowly pulls the phone from his breast pocket, opens it and puts it to his ear without saying a word. He is still in amazement. A voice on the other line tells him of the occurance at the site of the fire. He hangs up still saying nothing. His shocked demeanor turns to a snarled look of anger and disgust. He steps forward slowly towards the full length window, places his hands against the glass in a sharp forty five degree angle. His right foot postured forward his left and close to the pane. His body is completely tense and rigid. He looks as though he could pounce from the staggeringly tall structure if not held back behind the glass. Menacing music begins to build. Fade to black!

      • Anonymous

        Y’know, if the movie reveals a Luthor as a powerful yet anonymous enabler, sort of a cross between Voldemort and Moriarty in both Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” and the BBC modern reboot, that could actually make him dangerous and worth seeing again on the big screen.

        • Juggernaut

          That is what I was thinking. Have him be this major crime figure who has been behind all of the crime in Metropolis for the last fifteen or so years. He’s revealed at the end of the first film. In the second he can join forces with whichever other villain that they choose, (hopefully a cool one) as a benefactor and mastermind. He wants to eliminate Superman because he is cutting into his criminal activities and thus losing money. His public facade would be similar to his ‘Smallville’ version, heir to the Luthor fortune. Business tycoon and aspiring politician. Basically Trump on steroids!!! They really need to get away from the sniveling, mad scientist portrayal that was in the Donner films and ‘Returns’.

          • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

            See I’d be happy with just a passing reference to Luthor and LexCorp and have him be the enabler in the second film. I definitely like the take you have and it’s exactly what i would want for him, but other than a cameo or just a scene that establishes who he is and that he has his hands in everything would be enough or me without showing all that right away. And when we do get him, NO REAL ESTATE SCHEMES!!!!

          • Juggernaut

            LOL!

          • Juggernaut

            LOL!

          • Anonymous

            Yup. My introduction to Luthor and the Superman universe was the first movie so it was a bit of a shock to read back through the books and see that he wasn’t always a vaudeville-style mustache-twirling clown. It’s a shame that none of the movies so far have ever really gotten away from that.

        • Juggernaut

          That is what I was thinking. Have him be this major crime figure who has been behind all of the crime in Metropolis for the last fifteen or so years. He’s revealed at the end of the first film. In the second he can join forces with whichever other villain that they choose, (hopefully a cool one) as a benefactor and mastermind. He wants to eliminate Superman because he is cutting into his criminal activities and thus losing money. His public facade would be similar to his ‘Smallville’ version, heir to the Luthor fortune. Business tycoon and aspiring politician. Basically Trump on steroids!!! They really need to get away from the sniveling, mad scientist portrayal that was in the Donner films and ‘Returns’.

  • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

    russel crowe really, what ever lol who is the badie, please be parasite or darkseide and do what marvel is doing and put in another superhero, use aquaman or martian manhunter, maybe when superman is sent to earth he shoots past mars seeing it blow up and a green martian floats over his rocket but get’s caught in it, only to be released near earth and fall into it, lol that would be so unlikely

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Yeah cameo in these are very unlikely. However a nod would be ok. Like a mnetion of Gotham City, or a detective John Jones.

  • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

    russel crowe really, what ever lol who is the badie, please be parasite or darkseide and do what marvel is doing and put in another superhero, use aquaman or martian manhunter, maybe when superman is sent to earth he shoots past mars seeing it blow up and a green martian floats over his rocket but get’s caught in it, only to be released near earth and fall into it, lol that would be so unlikely

  • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

    Stupid Zod has to be the villain

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Don’t hate. We had another movie with the Joker and it was nothing like the original Tim Burton film. I have a feeling with Snyder on directng, and Nolan on production we’ll get a competely different take on Zod.

      • Juggernaut

        Hopefully so. Not that the original Zod wasn’t good mind you. He was frickin’ awsome!!! “Kneel before Zod!”
        I’d just like to see a fresher approach to the character. The main problem with ‘Returns’ was it’s inability to do something different. Picking up after Superman II was ridiculous and unecissary. A new story arc, a few tweaks to the characters to make them applicable in the modern world and a bit different than the Donner films is all this franchise really needs to succeed.

        • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

          Exactly. Smallville, like it or hate it was a success because it took risks and had differences. I’m not looking for a wholey new take on the character but something that seperates it from past iterations including the Smallville version.

          • Juggernaut

            Agreed!

  • Ironfist fan# rogernator5000

    Stupid Zod has to be the villain