Costner cast in Superman
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If you build it, they will come...
As previously rumored, Kevin Costner has now been cast as Jonathan Kent in Superman: Man of Steel. Costner joins Diane Lane, who will play Martha, and Henry Cavill, rounding out the cast as Clark Kent / Superman. The film's director, Zack Snyder, stated, “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.”
Costner has a long history of portraying the quiet strength in the rural American man - at least in his *good* movies. In Bull Durham, Dances with Wolves, and primarily in Field of Dreams, Costner did personify rural American in a good way; strong, silent, with a chewy moral center. By playing to Costner's strengths in acting, Snyder makes another sharp casting decision.
In an interview with the LA Times Snyder said that Superman: Man of Steel would be a complete reboot in the vein of Batman Begins. "Literally, the one thing that everyone can start to think about is that we’re making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there’s been no other Superman movies ... respect the canon but don't be a slave to the movies."
The idea of a series reboot from the first round of Superman movies, starring Christopher Reeve, is certainly one that has found much support from a loyal fan base. Disregarding the 2006 film, the Singer-helmed and almost universally-disliked Superman Returns has found even more. Snyder notes that there is currently a paradox in Superman's big-screen representation - while Superman is the ultimate superhero, he has been woefully underrepresented in feature films. A reboot of a series that found its footing thirty years ago doesn't seem so strange, particularly in an era of reboots of superhero movies that are less than a decade old: Daredevil and Spider-Man as well.
As for the direction the reboot will take, details are still up in the air (pun totally intended). But recently Snyder revealed that he is drawn (ha!) to the artwork of Jim Lee, who made one of the brawniest, brawlingest representations of Superman seen in the comics. One can conclude (or at least hope) from this that Cavill's Supes will lean toward the barroom brawl and away from the polite restraint of other film interpretations.
The rumor mill has been surprisingly quiet on those Lois Lane casting rumors - let's hope that's the next role to be selected!
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