By Kryptonian Detective

About a month ago, Deadline suggested that Kevin Costner was being considered for a role in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. It is a rumor no more, as Warner Brothers Pictures has officially confirmed that Kevin Costner will indeed play Jonathan Kent, Superman’s earth-bound adoptive father.  This is one of those casting decisions that doesn’t automatically spring to mind when considering actors for the role among fan discussions, but fits so perfectly for the role.  On this decision, Snyder said, ““Jonathan Kent is the only father figure Clark has ever had, the man who was there to help Clark understand what he was meant to do in the world as Superman.  Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural American man who raised the greatest super hero of all time.”  Field of Dreams  is as close a role to Jonathan Kent Costner has played, but he’s also been in some other quality films including Dances With Wolves and Bull Durham.  The academy award winner joins, academy award nominee Diane Lane, who was recently chosen to play Martha Kent, Jonathan’s wife and Clark’s adoptive mother.

For those still feeling burned by Bryan Singer’s inability to craft an original Superman film, and are worried that Snyder may fall prey to repeating Singer’s mistakes given rumors of the inclusion of General Zod in the new film, don’t be.  In a recent interview with Hero Complex, the director assured fans that; In every aspect of design and of story,” the whole thing is very much from that perspective of respect the canon but don’t be a slave to the movies.”  He once again pointed out that like Batman Begins, this film will work under the assumption that there have been no other Superman films.  I think most fans will agree that this is the right step for the franchise.  It’s time to super speed away from the past, and fly forward into the present. Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel will hit theatres in the winter of 2012. (Source: Warner Brothers, LA Times)