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Crowe Fathers SUPERMAN

Russell Crowe to play Jor-El in Man of Steel.

By Jarrod Sarafin     June 15, 2011
Source: Variety

Maximus (Russell Crowe) in GLADIATOR.(2000)
© Dreamworks

We have another big name being attached to Man of Steel, Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman installment out of Warner Bros. Pictures. With Kevin Costner already set to become his adoptive father, Pa Kent, Variety has confirmed that Russell Crowe is also jumping aboard the fast-tracking production to become the new Jor-El, previously played by Marlon Brando in the previous films.

Both Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. executives have said this is not a reboot or a remake of Donner's films (or an origin tale) so how the re-casting of Jor-El and General Zod (Michael Shannon) plays into the story is something to be revealed later when more plot details come to the surface.

Crowe joins the previously confirmed stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon and Antje Traue. With production scheduled to begin sometime next month, Snyder is at the helm based on a screenplay by David Goyer and Jonathan Nolan. Christopher Nolan is overseeing as a producer alongside Charles Roven, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder.

Man of Steel flies into theaters December 2012.

Feel free to speculate down below, Maniacs.

Thanks to MrGarabaldi for the submission.


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ThrillerSam 6/15/2011 8:40:21 PM



wessmith1966 6/15/2011 9:45:27 PM

I like the cast, but I'm not crazy about Zid being in the movie. I'm really hoping he's not the main bad guy. That's too "been there done that." Still, with the talent involved I'm inclined to believe no matter what the story is the movie will be good.

TheMovieGuy28 6/15/2011 9:53:32 PM

You know what's awesome?

All the purists who b*tched about X-Men:First Class not staying true to original comic canon, yet in the original comics, Superman could only leap about 1/8th a mile, or over a tall building, ran faster than a locomotive, didn't fly, and could be injured or killed by anything bigger than a standard pistol or rifle, nor did he get his power from the sun....


...yet I've never heard anyone complain or cry foul whenever BigBoy BlueBetch does any of his 'super' things....

Sorry. For some reason I've always wanted to punch Superman in the face. He gets under my skin. I think after Bill's description in Kill Bill said it best about what Supes sees in humans, and I just wanna fist his throat, Hugo Stiglitz style

TheMovieGuy28 6/15/2011 9:54:33 PM

But yeah, Russell Crowe as Pa-El works for me

raa2001 6/15/2011 9:55:41 PM

 Well, hopefully they get this Superman right. No one can really judge until we see some footage. Just keep your fingers cross for an amazing Superman film.

Chopsaki 6/16/2011 2:37:26 AM

Can't wait to see Supes back in action. Worth noting that Sean Penn & Clive Owen were also in consideration for Jor-El. Great cast, now don't let me down Zach!

SarcasticCaveman 6/16/2011 2:53:18 AM

 I'm trying to wrap my head around this going into the "not a remake or reboot" this movie is supposedly about Clark Kent traveling the world, waiting to become Superman...uh...he first showed himself as Superman in the first movie...and he wasn't traveling the world at the's also been suggested that the threat that Zod represents is what drives him to "become" Superman...and he was ALREADY Superman when Zod first shows up in Superman II...soooooooooo...what the hell?  Seriously?  It's things like this that make me have such low faith in WB executives and their ability to deliver any GOOD superhero entertainment for the big screen.  Yes, Richard Donner was awesome for the late 70's and early 80's, but if Superman Returns showed us anything, it's that we have to move on!  Don't do another origin story if you don't want to, but don't tell us that you're doing yet another sequel to an outdated franchise.

Inferno 6/16/2011 5:14:20 AM

Interesting casting.

I'll hold my judgment until the first OFFICIAL trailer and not teaser trailer like Green Lantern. (boy were people changing they're opinions after the newer trailers)

Anyways. I trust the creative team. As for Purists, TheMovieGuy, Superman fans haven't been happy since Superman 2 so you're barking up the wrong tree. ;)


Dazzler 6/16/2011 5:22:09 AM

I don't mind recasting.  It's it's an in continuity movie that would be great!  For the movies that is not comics.

Wiseguy 6/16/2011 6:06:00 AM

Not a remake or reboot, well Singer already gave us a remake so I was hoping and thought this was a reboot since apparently they're retelling Supes origin.

So if it's not a remake or reboot then it implies that it lives withing the previous film's continuity doesn't it? So we're going to see how Zod and crew dig themselves out of the Fortress of Solitude and regain their powers? Somebody needs to clarify this bullshit

The major thing saving this for me is that I love Snyder's doings and if they let him shoot the action his way it should be tons of fun if nothing else. Nolan better the stay the fuck out the way too

And Crowe as Jor-El seems ok. I never saw any phones in Krypton so the maids have nothing to fear


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