Russell Crowe may be Jor-El and The Dark Knight recruits a familiar face

There’s a few reasons to be apprehensive about Man of Steel, the upcoming Superman rehash from director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan. The last attempt could be charitably called “boring”, and Snyder’s previous film was the critically lambasted box office bomb Sucker Punch. If it wasn’t for Nolan’s involvement, I’d be rather concerned.

Despite such misgivings, the cast is shaping up nicely. Kevin Costner will be playing Kal-El’s adoptive parent Jonathan Kent, a rather inspired choice, so it stands to reason that Snyder would pursue another heavy-hitter to portray the Kryptonian’s biological father. Variety received word that Russell Crowe is in talks for Jor-El, who was famously brought to life by Marlon Brando in Richard Donner’s 1978 original. If cast, he will join Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and the recently confirmed Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) as the villainous General Zod. That’s quite an ensemble.

The presence of Jor-El in the film suggests that Man of Steel will be an unnecessary retread of the origin story, although it is entirely possible that Crowe will only make an ethereal appearance in the Fortress of Solitude. The DC Comics reboot is set for release December 2012. If you’re reading this, Mr. Snyder, please keep John William’s epic theme tune – it just wouldn’t be Superman without it.

Nolan is also hard at work on his trilogy capper The Dark Knight Rises, which will be his final visit to Gotham City. Total Film bagged the first look at Christian Bale’s new suit (right), and a new casting announcement, which only increases my childish excitement for this film. It can be considered a MAJOR SPOILER.

Early rumours have now been validated, with JoBlo reporting that European ass-kicker Liam Neeson will reprise his role as Ra’s al Ghul, who met a sticky end at the hands of the Caped Crusader in Batman Begins. Set photos seem to reveal the Lazarus Pit, which could rejuvenate or resurrect the character in the comic books, but I’m sticking with the notion that Neeson is shooting flashback material. It’s a little too late to introduce fantastical elements in a series known for its credibility.

More interesting, is the revelation that Marion Cotillard may be playing his daughter, Talia, using the moniker “Miranda Tate” as a smokescreen. A dark revenge tale certainly seems like a fitting way to bring the series full-circle. The Dark Knight Rises is currently set for release July 20th 2012.


About Dave James

Editor-in-Chief @ Film freak, music minion, professional procrastinator.
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