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Kevin Costner Cast As Pa Kent In Superman Reboot

After more than three weeks of rumors, Heat Vision reports that Kevin Costner has closed the deal to play Jonathan Kent in director Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot. He joins a cast that includes Henry Cavill as Superman and Diane Lane as Martha Kent, “the only mother Clark Kent has ever known,” in the movie, thought to be called Man of Steel.

Like Lane, Costner is a Hollywood veteran, having starred in such films as Field of Dreams, Dances with Wolves, JFK and, yes, Waterworld. He also won an Academy Award for his directorial debut on Dances with Wolves.

“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,” Snyder said in a statement. “Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural American man who raised the greatest super hero of all time.”

The role of Superman’s adoptive father was famously portrayed in 1978′s Superman: The Movie by Glenn Ford.

With Costner now confirmed as Pa Kent, it remains to be seen whether the other big casting rumor — Viggo Mortensen as Phantom Zone criminal General Zod — pans out. As Deadline suggests, that may hinge on whether the actor lands a starring role in Universal’s Snow White and the Huntsman.

The new Superman movie is written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and producer Christopher Nolan. Charles Rovan, Emma Thomas and Deborah Snyder also are producing. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are executive producers. Filming is expected to begin in June for a December 2012 release.

Update: Here’s the official Warner Bros. press release:


BURBANK, CA, March 17, 2011 – Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Kevin Costner will play Jonathan Kent, the father who raised Clark Kent as his own son, in the new Superman movie to be directed by Zack Snyder.

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 will star alongside Diane Lane, who plays his wife, Martha, and the film’s star, Henry Cavill, who will play the new Clark Kent/Superman.

Costner most recently starred in 2010’s “The Company Men,” and is currently in development on the comedy “The One.”  He has won two Academy Awards®, for producing and directing the epic “Dances with Wolves,” also garnering a nomination for Best Actor.  He has also starred in a wide range of memorable films, including “The Untouchables,” “No Way Out,” “Bull Durham,” “Field of Dreams,” “JFK,” “The Bodyguard,” “Wyatt Earp,” “Tin Cup” and “Swing Vote,” to name a few.

Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film.  The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan.  Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.

The new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.


  • Webhead72

    veteran academy award actors in key leads. nice touch.

  • Michael Sacal

    I just had a horrible thought. The movie will be called Man of Steel, but the plot and aesthetics will follow Birthright.

    What a horrible movie that would be.

  • Zamdrist

    Awful choice, just awful.

  • nick price

    Kevin Costner is my man

  • Christopher

    ‘Birthright’ has the heart and soul that Byrne’s ‘Man of Steel’ always lacked. The characterisations were all note perfect. Steal some elements from all up and down the mythos and make some tweaks to the plot, (namely Luthor’s over-the-top plan in the final act), and you’d have an amazing film.

  • Scud

    I would much rather see Viggo in this than some glorified Snow White remake/reboot/whocaresanymore movie.

  • Hugo Sleestak

    So Pa Kent talks to dead baseball players and breathes underwater while saving runaway baby carriages. Cool.

  • Jacob

    The movie is still untitled. Rumors of it being called “The Man of Steel” are older than the script. In fact, they date back to when Superman Returns was getting a sequel. (even thought it is a bitchin title)

  • Dawnell_do

    Good choice, for the role.

  • JMC

    Yeah – what are they thinking getting an Academy Award winning actor who is not only an extremely talented director and actor, but is one of the few actors around today who exudes the image of “Americana.”

    Crazy bastards.

  • Michael Sacal

    You should read some of the comics that came out between MoS and BR and you’ll see that what you consider to be heart and soul it’s stuff Waid lifted from them.

    BR is a flawed story from beginning to end, which is why the comics now ignore it and Smallville backtracked from usingv it (one episode showed a flashback with Jor-El and Lara wearing clothes reminiscent from BR but when we ultimately saw them they wore the outfits from the movie).

    BR was a short-term failure, while MoS was a long-term success that resulted in over a decade’s worth of great stories, tight continuity, and material that has been adapted in multiple media since its publication.

    Looking at Lane’s and Costner’s ages, I’d argue that they wll be playing the Kents when Clark is a grown man and not a boy. At their age, it makes more sense for them to play the Kents today then it would for them to play them 30 years ago when they found Kal-El.

    That – having the Kents alive when Clark is Superman – is from MoS, so even if the movie were to use aspects of BR, its core wiill be linked to MoS (even more if Lex is a businessman).

    Some people have argued that Cavill doesn’t look like the classic idea one has of the nerdy Clark Kent, so if he ends up playing a Clark with a backbone, that too will be from MoS.

    Without MoS, there wouldn’t have been a BR.

  • Michael Sacal

    A recent quote from Snyder said that the movie will more than likely end up being called Man of Steel.

  • Vijinand

    Costner and Lane have got to be in flashbacks or something. They seem awfully young to play Superman’s parents. They would’ve had to been like 18 or 19 when they find Clark.

  • Michael Sacal

    I’ll argue this.

    Plot is a variant. Whether it is the plot seen in MoS or the plot seen in Birthright, while the story may change, the characters and their roles remain basically the same.

    Characters are a constant, therefore even if this movie were to take elements from BR (i.e. a giant spider, or fake Kryptonian warriors), if the characters reflect the interpretations seen in MoS (i.e. Clark with a backbone as the primary personality – which is a possibility given the actor playing the part of Superman -, the Kents alive when Clark is a grown man – which is a possibility given the age of the actors playing the roles – and Lex as a businessman – which is a strong possibility given the interpretation of the character over the last two and a half decades), then the movie will owe that to MoS and not to Birthright. In essence, it will be an adaptation of the interpretation of the characters as seen in MoS, with whatever variant plot Goyer has come up with.

  • Michael Sacal

    Diane Lane is 46, will be 47 by the time the movie comes out.

    Costner is 56, will be 57 by the time the movie comes out.

    Cavill is 27, will be 28 by the time the movie comes out.

    Lane was 19/20 when Cavill was born and Costner was 29/30.

    Lane could play Martha at 50 years old – it wouldn’t be the first time she plays a character older than she really is, check her out in Hollywoodland -, while Coster and Cavill could play Jonathan and Clark at their true ages (57 and 28).

    Their ages synch in perfectly with Cavill’s for Lane and Costner to play Ma and Pa Kent in 2012.

  • Jacob

    Don’t forget that they might not find him as an infant. He could be slightly older like he was in the Reeves movies.

  • Jacob

    Which would be cool, as it’s a sick title, but not confirmed.

  • Michael Sacal

    I’d say that the reason they made him older in the Donner movie was so that he could lift the car over his head, which is an easier trick to do with a kid that age than with a baby.

    Unless they want to do a similar feat of strengtht in the new movie, Kal-El could be a baby when the Kents find him.

  • Michael Sacal

    They might want to call it Man of Steel because the last Batman movie was called The Dark Knight.

    It’s cool that they are using the moniker’s as titles.