The rumors are right: Kevin Costner will play Jonathan Kent – the earnest, flinty Kansas farmer who takes in an alien infant who grows up to be Superman – when Warner Bros. revives Superman for the silver screen in 2012.
Director Zack Snyder, in an announcement released from the studio, said that the Oscar-winning actor will be able to convey the essence of Heartland America: “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 superhero of all time.”
Snyder told Hero Complex on Wednesday that he won’t be looking back to the films of the past as he moves forward with a project that is reportedly titled “The Man of Steel.” He elaborated: “We’re making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there’s been no other Superman movies,” Snyder said. “If you look at ‘Batman Begins,’ there’s that structure: there’s the canon that we know about and respect, but on other hand there’s this approach that pre-supposes that there haven’t been any other movies. In every aspect of design and of story, the whole thing is very much from that perspective of ‘Respect the canon but don’t be a slave to the movies.’”
Warner previously announced that Diane Lane will play Martha Kent, the wife of Jonathan. Henry Cavill will play Clark Kent and, of course, his caped alias, Superman.
The late Glenn Ford played Pa Kent in the 1978 ”Superman” film directed by Richard Donner and his character’s death — and his son’s grief — made for one of the most evocative sequences in the film. On television, in “Smallville,” the plaid-shirted patriarch is embodied by John Schneider, the country music singer who first came to fame on “The Dukes of Hazzard.”
– Geoff Boucher (twitter.com/latherocomplex)
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