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.