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April 22, 2011

‘Superman’ photo gallery: The stars (and story lines) of Metropolis

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The 27-year-old Brit will be the first foreign actor to star as Superman on the silver screen. He was up for same role when director McG was putting together a Man of Steel project but that version never got off the ground. Best know for the Showtime series "The Tudors," his films include "The Count of Monte Cristo" (2002) and "Stardust." (Associated Press)

Kevin Costner knows the cinematic rhythms of rural life after films such as "Field of Dreams," "Dances With Wolves" and "Open Range" and that will likely inform his plaid-shirt work as Jonathan Kent, the earnest adoptive father of the alien infant he will raise to be Superman. (Business Wire)

Going behind the camera, there are few people with more riding on this Superman revival than newly minted Warner Bros. film chief Jeff Robinov. The "Harry Potter" franchise is coming to an end as are the Christopher Nolan/Christian Bale Batman films, so Robinov needs Superman to take flight -- and for director Zack Snyder to deliver for the exec that stood by him after the disappointment of "Sucker Punch." (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)

Emma Thomas has produced all of the movies directed by her husband Christoppher Nolan, and the pair have become a force to be reckoned with after the success of "The Dark Knight" and "Inception." This time Nolan steps away from his usual role and will produce along with Thomas while Zack Snyder directs. The real challenge: The couple will be deeply invested in another project, a little film called "The Dark Knight Rises."

Amy Adams can do plucky (her Amelia Earhart in the "Night at the Museum" sequel), fiery (her Oscar-nominated role in "The Fighter") and funny ("Enchanted") so it will be interesting to watch where she takes her Lois Lane. (Frazer Harrison / Getty Images)

The other couple behind the new Superman film is producer Debbie Snyder and director Zack Snyder who (like the Nolan-Thomas team) have carved out a spot in Hollywood by collaborating in a way that enables the wife to handle thousands of logistical decisions while the husband focuses on writing, shooting and editing these massive spectacle films. The question now is how these two couples will work in tandem. (Matt Sayles / Associated Press)

Warner Bros. has completely revamped its approach to DC Comics and its vast library of intellectual property and that has put the focus (and the pressure) on two people: Diane Nelson and Geoff Johns, the president and chief creative officer, respectively, of DC Entertainment. "Green Lantern" is the first DC film with their fingerprints on it, but Superman will be one of the biggest. (Liz O. Baylen / Los Angeles Times)

It was the story idea by David S. Goyer that inspired Nolan and set the project in motion. Nolan explained: “I immediately got it, loved it and thought: That is a way of approaching the story I’ve never seen before that makes it incredibly exciting. I wanted to get Emma and I involved in shepherding the project right away and getting it to the studio and getting it going in an exciting way.” (Bryan Chan / Los Angeles Times)

"Superman Returns" star Brandon Routh and director Bryan Singer will watch the new project with mixed feelings, no doubt. Routh stars in the new campy horror film "Dylan Dog" (costarring Sam Huntington, who played Jimmy Olsen in the 2006 Metropolis movie) and Singer is the producer of "X-Men: First Class." (Getty Images / Jay L. Clendenin/Los Angeles Times)

Another Oscar nominee, Diane Lane, will play Superman's adoptive mother. Snyder says: "Martha Kent is the woman whose values helped shape the man we know as Superman. We are thrilled to have Diane in the role because she can convey the wisdom and the wonder of a woman whose son has powers beyond her imagination.” (Chris Pizzello / Associated Press)

Look, up in the sky … yes, that’s right, Hollywood is again returning to Metropolis to chronicle the adventures of the most famous super-hero of them all, Superman. We’ve put together a photo gallery with the filmmakers, cast, executives and interested bystanders in this project that promises to be one of the most-anticipated films of 2012. Click on the gallery’s  “VIEW CAPTIONS” option to read the inside scoop on each of the players. The big question for everyone: Will the character created during the Roosevelt administration still fly with contemporary audiences?

– Geoff Boucher

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