Variety‘s reporting Christopher Nolan, overseer of the upcoming Zack Snyder-directed Man of Steel, may have found Superman’s daddy is the Aussie, Russell Crowe. The casting of Jor-El has been a long time coming and its seems Nolan is taking the ‘cast a big name’ route when it comes to the senior, um, El. Marlon Brando famously portrayed the role in Richard Donner’s Superman and even made an appearance from beyond the grave in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns. Well, damn, why didn’t they just bring Brando back again!?
If cast, Crowe will join Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane and Michael Shannon in the super cast. Production is set to begin next month so expect this rumor to either be confirmed or denied very soon. But what do you think of this final bit of casting for Man of Steel? Is Crowe a good fit for Jor-El? His role, I’m sure, will be minor but the character of Superman’s biological father and later mentor is a key part of the Superman mythos, so, uh, don’t fuck it up, Nolan, Snyder and co.
I’m eagerly awaiting is the casting of Krypto. He’s in this flick, right? What? Probably not! Son of a –!