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.
The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. The new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.
Zack Snyder offered a lengthy update on the status of his upcoming Superman reboot to The LA Times, including confirmation that the film will likely be titled The Man of Steel (though that has not been finalized).
Again likening the project to Christopher Nolan’s Batman Begins, Snyder reiterates that his film will completely reboot the franchise and won’t contain any traces of previous Superman films.
“In every aspect of design and of story,” he explains, “the whole thing is very much from that perspective of respect the canon but don’t be a slave to the movies.”
Snyder also promises that we’ll be seeing the Superman suit sooner rather than later as he wants to beat any leaked set photos.