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Laurence Fishburne Will Play Perry White In Man Of Steel

Veteran actor Laurence Fishburne will play the Daily Planet’s gruff editor-in-chief Perry White in Man of Steel, Entertainment Weekly reports.

His addition leaves the roles of Jimmy Olsen and (possibly) Lana Lang as the last significant casting questions in director Zack Snyder’s franchise reboot. Fishburne joins confirmed stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent and Diane Lane as Martha Kent, as well as an unconfirmed Russell Crowe as Jor-El, Julia Ormond as Lara and Antje Traue as Zod’s henchwoman Faora. Christopher Meloni and Harry Lennix are set to play generals.

Debuting in the radio serial The Adventures of Superman in February 1940 before moving to the comics later that year, Perry White has been a fixture of the franchise ever since. He was portrayed most famously by Jackie Cooper in the 1978 Superman movie and its three sequels, and by Frank Langella in 2006’s Superman Returns.

A Tony and Emmy winner whose career spans four decades, Fishburne is perhaps best known for this roles in the Matrix trilogy and the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It. He recently left the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation after just two seasons.

Man of Steel, which opens June 14, 2013, is written by David S. Goyer from a story by Goyer and Christopher Nolan. It’s set to begin production this month.

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  • Shomy092

    I like this…. It kinda fits…. :D

  • Shomy092

    I like this…. It kinda fits…. :D

  • JohnnyFive

    OH NO! HE’S BLACK! BLACK PEOPLE ARE TAKING OVER COMICS! NOOOOOOO!!!!!!

  • Ca_luke76

    He looks a lot like Perry’s boss Franklin Stern, but he also looks like he could make a good Perry White.

  • Ca_luke76

    He looks a lot like Perry’s boss Franklin Stern, but he also looks like he could make a good Perry White.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s a good fit.

  • Anonymous

    I think it’s a good fit.

  • Chadwickharp

    great choice – Oscar time

  • Chadwickharp

    great choice – Oscar time

  • Sam

    Id imagine if its a white guy that is replacing a black character, the whole world will be in an uproar and hate mails will be sent to DC, but at this, nobody care.

  • Sam

    Id imagine if its a white guy that is replacing a black character, the whole world will be in an uproar and hate mails will be sent to DC, but at this, nobody care.

  • Kelly Frazetta

    Terrible choice, terrible idea.

  • Kelly Frazetta

    Terrible choice, terrible idea.

  • http://www.spinoffonline.com Kevin Melrose

    To put your theory to a legitimate test, the vast majority of mainstream film and comic-book roles first would have to be black.

  • http://www.spinoffonline.com Kevin Melrose

    To put your theory to a legitimate test, the vast majority of mainstream film and comic-book roles first would have to be black.

  • Anonymous

    I just don’t hear Cowboy Curtis screaming, “Great Caesar’s Ghost!!”

  • Anonymous

    I just don’t hear Cowboy Curtis screaming, “Great Caesar’s Ghost!!”

  • http://twitter.com/scottyearsley Scott Yearsley

    Sam, Perry’s race isn’t important to the character; he was introduced into the series when practically all characters were white. Black characters came later, and their race became an important part of their characterization precisely because they had decades of institutional racism to contend with. If we had more black supporting characters, I’m sure there wouldn’t be too much of a fuss if a white person played them in a film. Attitudes change over time, and this is a good step.

    Also, it’s LAURENCE FISHBURNE. How can that not be good?

  • http://twitter.com/scottyearsley Scott Yearsley

    Sam, Perry’s race isn’t important to the character; he was introduced into the series when practically all characters were white. Black characters came later, and their race became an important part of their characterization precisely because they had decades of institutional racism to contend with. If we had more black supporting characters, I’m sure there wouldn’t be too much of a fuss if a white person played them in a film. Attitudes change over time, and this is a good step.

    Also, it’s LAURENCE FISHBURNE. How can that not be good?

  • Anonymous

    Actually it did happen. In Spawn, D.B. Sweeny played Terry Fitzgerald. A character who is black in the comic and everyone attached to the movie said it wasn’t about race but about the right actor for the job.

  • Anonymous

    Actually it did happen. In Spawn, D.B. Sweeny played Terry Fitzgerald. A character who is black in the comic and everyone attached to the movie said it wasn’t about race but about the right actor for the job.

  • Thom Vane

    Fishburn > petty bickering over Perry White’s pigmentation.

  • Thom Vane

    Fishburn > petty bickering over Perry White’s pigmentation.

  • Dswynne1

    You don’t have to imagine it, if you watched the new Battlestar Galatica (i.e Saul Tigh).

  • Dswynne1

    You don’t have to imagine it, if you watched the new Battlestar Galatica (i.e Saul Tigh).

  • Mr_Wayne

    Exactly.

  • Mr_Wayne

    Film/Comic: Wanted. Character: Fox (one that resembles Halle Berry). Actress that portrayed her: Angelina Jolie. Did anyone even bat an eyelash about it? No.

    Then there’s that Goku thing…

  • David Fullam

    Epic fail. A desperate attempt to copy the Marvel movie plan.

  • Not Daniel

    Nobody’s made a Robbie Robertson joke?

  • http://squidoo.com/retroblogs Atomic Kommie Comics

    Fishburne has the gravitas to be the authority figure Perry is supposed to be.
    (But if he says “Great Caesar’s Ghost”…)

  • http://www.spinoffonline.com Kevin Melrose

    “The Weight” and “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down” are among my all-time favorite songs, but I can’t think of a single Robbie Robertson joke.

  • demoncat_4

    what a real casting coap for zack to get some one like Laurence fishburn to do a super hero movie for after all michel clark ducan did the king pin in daredevil and sam l jackson is nick fury for if the studio thinks some one is a nice fit for a role thats there call. now going to have to see the film mostly to see how Laurence pulls off Perry white.

  • Anonymous

    So how is it a desperate attempt to copy the Marvel movie plan? The last time I checked Perry White, while a important side character, isn’t intergal to the whole Superman story.

  • Mr. M

    I have no problem with this, just I never had any problem with different actors playing Felix Leighter in the Bond series, either. But if Perry White were replaced with a different character entirely, would anyone ultimately care? convoy has it right, White’s an important character, but not really integral.

  • 2000filmfan

    This may be one of the 100 reasons you were never asked to direct this movie.

  • Anonymous

    Oh you got me there skippy, good burn.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    It’s called diversity, racist. In 2011, it’s perfectly plausible that a black man is leading a major news paper. (The fact that he’s playing Perry White, is just icing on the cake)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    How are they copying Marvel at all? What white character did Marvel Studios cast as a black man? (Kingpin was 20th Century Fox)

  • 0bsessions

    Edit: Reply fail. Sorry.

  • 0bsessions

    It’s called sarcasm. It’s perfectly plausible that a guy would come on to an internet page topic and start spouting off things like this as kind of a parody to the reaction to Ultimate Spider-Man.

  • Mel

    Nick Fury

  • 0bsessions

    Why?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    He’s black in the comics.

  • 0bsessions

    Good casting, but calling it a coup (I assume that’s what you mean) getting him to do a superhero flick is a bit of a stretch. The guy’s most recognizable mainstream work is the Matrix for crying out loud, it’s not exactly some huge leap for him.

  • kalorama

    I think this is a nice fit. Fishburne will have no problem embodying the qualities you want from Perry White.

  • kalorama

    “A Tony and Emmy winner whose career spans four decades, Fishburne is perhaps best known for this roles in the Matrix trilogy and the Tina Turner biopic What’s Love Got to Do With It.”

    “Perhaps”? Really? What are the other candidates for his best known work?

  • Chris

    Boyz in the Hood

  • Anonymous

    The choice to go with the Ultimate version of Nick Fury was not an obvious one to everyone. (Though of course it is insanely cool.) Perry White? Well, I would rather see a Lawrence Fishburne Jor-El myself. 

    The real problem is that the actor is WAY cooler than the character! Samuel Jackson as Fury is perfect. Well, maybe Perry White will become cool now. 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QKN5MHOI6VUFOYCTV5REK7M7A4 Jacob

    Might not’ve been obvious to everyone, but it seems obvious to me. You need an actor who can play Nick Fury. Why not get the guy the character is based on? And they did.

    As soon as I saw this news, I was like “Perry White just became a BAMF.”

  • http://all-loserssquad.blogspot.com/ The Ronin

    Hes called Perry WHITE derp derp derp

    Seriously Perry’s race has no bearing on anything in Superman, this is a non issue. Though I am having trouble seeing Morphius as a Perry White type editor. 

  • http://all-loserssquad.blogspot.com/ The Ronin

    If copying Marvel means making good engaging fun superhero stories that capture the imagination of millions then by all fucking means DC please please copy marvel. 

  • http://all-loserssquad.blogspot.com/ The Ronin

    Nick Fury got a ‘racelift’ in the ultimate line, they cast the guy he was based on in that line for the movie. So blame Ultimate Marvel, but seriously who the fuck cares if Nick Fury is black or white? hes a badass cyclops who keeps secrets and manipulates people, that is all his character is. White or Black is not a part of it. 

  • http://all-loserssquad.blogspot.com/ The Ronin

    I mentioned earlier I have trouble seeing “Morphius” as Perry White in my head I mean, but you are correct he can pull off authority figure. And hes a great actor so i am sure it will not be an issue. 

  • Toneloak

    I wish they would release character profile rather then names and let us imagine an actor that would fit the role. Then announce the names. It’ll be more fun that way.

  • Tomi

    All that’s important is if he can pull this role off which I have fate in that he can. After all he is a talented actor. It doesn’t really matter that much whether he’s black or white… :D

  • d0dg3r

    If he doesn’t say “Great shades of Elvis!” I’m good.

  • d0dg3r

    Apocalpse Now.

  • Peter Guyver Paker III

    He is the Ultimate Perry White.