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DarthoftheDead 2/22/2011 11:58:12 AM

I think he would make a fine Papa Kent.

SarcasticCaveman 2/22/2011 12:57:57 PM

I'm pretty sure this movie will have absolutely nothing to do with the Donner/Singer run.  That said, your average movie goer won't need any clarification as to why Jonathon Kent would still be alive.  Your average movie goer doesn't know enough about various Earths or the multiple crises they encounter.  As far as Costner goes, I don't mind him when he's either not the main star or playing a bad guy (my two favorite movies of his are A Perfect World and Mr. Brooks), so whatever.  I'm still looking forward to this movie.

silversurfer 2/22/2011 1:04:56 PM

Pa Kent all the way...he would be cool in that role...it would make sense. He doesn't have enough spunk to be Perry White....just not his personality? 

lusiphur 2/22/2011 1:07:18 PM

Actually Wise, I had forgotten that Pa was dead in any form except Smallville.  I'm all for basically ignoring the films/tv/radio series of the past.   

Here's what I got from Wikipedia about the Kents (I know, not always reliable.  But as I read somewhere, if you're looking up things nobody cares about, it can be pretty accurate.)

In the current comics' continuity, they both remain alive even after Clark becomes an adult. As a couple, the Kents were important supporting characters until Pa Kent's recent death during an attack by the supervillain Brainiac.[2] Ma Kent remains a major supporting character in Superman comics.

So perhaps we'll get to deal with Pa's death at the hand of Braniac in the new film?  Doesn't matter, I'll still be there opening weekend.

millean 2/22/2011 1:16:29 PM

As soon as I read the article title, I said to myelf "self, this better be for the role of Jonathan Kent.  Anything else just doesn't fit."  Costner is a good enough actor, he just doesn't seem right for most of the other parts.

However, I'd be cool if they threw us a curve and he was cast as Dr Emil Hamilton or some other lower-tier character in the Superman mythos.

Of course, he could always dust off the old Robin Hood outfit and play Green Arrow.

Wiseguy 2/22/2011 1:30:42 PM

Exactly lusiphur, that's what recently happened in Earth One. But the original Superman's Pa Kent dies before he donned the cape. And caveman is exactly right that the average moviegoer isn't aware of alternate earths and so on which is exactly why he's exactly wrong in that most folk wouldn't need an explanation as to why he's alive now. Has nothing to do with any crises just that most would expect Pa Kent to be dead because they are only aware of what happened in films. So outside of retelling his beginnings most expect Pa Kent to remain buried

lancedenier 2/22/2011 1:48:57 PM

I like it.  I've been a Costner fan for along time.  I've been entertained by all of his films, I can't think of one I didn't like.  Yeah, they're not all great but you can't hit a homerun everytime.  He'll make a perfect Pa Kent.

jfdavis 2/22/2011 2:21:15 PM

@Wiseguy  In the movies, both Pa and Ma are dead. In Lois and Clark both are alive and perfectly healthy as they are in every animated series they apeared in. In Smallville, Pa was alive but then dies.  Who is this "Most People" you refer to?

Maybe this time, Pa is alive and Ma is dead...

Wiseguy 2/22/2011 2:43:25 PM

I'm talking about the average moviegoer, I thought I said that.

The average filmgoer that I know doesn't confuse Smallville, Lois and Clark, cartoons, comics and the films. They view the films as a separate continuity if you will. And here Pa Kent died a long time ago. Ma Kent is still alive.

You can obviously switch up like I already said but you have to retell Clark's story to a degree to make it make sense if we're going to have Superman interacting with Jonathan Kent. At least to keep most people from going WTF isn't he dead?

SarcasticCaveman 2/22/2011 2:48:26 PM

Wiseguy, I worked at a movie theater for a few years around 1999 to 2002...believe me, you give "the average movie goer" ENTIRELY too much credit.  EXAMPLES:  When we had "What Women Want", the majority of people would say "two for Mel Gibson."  When we had "What Lies Beneath", I got everything from "What's Between Us" to "What's Underneath"...I'm pretty secure in my belief that "the average movie goer" is no more concerned with Superman movie continuity started in the late 70's than they are with remembering or even reading the correct movie titles.  That's the only reason I don't think most people would need an explanation for Pa Kent being around.  Also, "the average movie goer" only remembers actors and characters that make a huge impact, and let's face it, Pa Kent is no Darth Vader or James Bond.

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