Christopher Meloni Joining ‘Man of Steel’ Cast [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 13th, 2013 at 11:31 am,

If there are any concerns about Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment’s attempt at relaunching the Superman film franchise, its cast is not one of them. Director Zack Snyder and co. have gathered a roster of talent to support Man of Steel star Henry Cavill that can be described as nothing short of impressive.

In the last two weeks alone, news broke that Oscar winner Russell Crowe would be taking on the role of Superman’s Kryptonian father Jor-El, with Julie Ormond possibly playing the motherly role of Lara. We can now add Christopher Meloni to the Man of Steel cast as well.

Deadline broke the news yesterday that Meloni, long-time costar of Law & Order: SVU and well-known for his role in Oz, is in negotiations for a “major role” in the Superman reboot which raises some very interesting questions about the film’s story and characters.

To date it seemed that Snyder would be telling another, more grounded origin tale of Kal-El on his journey to becoming the hero and symbol of hope we all know him as. Said story would see Zod as the film’s villain, played by Michael Shannon. So, who will Christopher Meloni be playing?

Deadline doesn’t know but we can speculate that it’s either Perry White, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Planet, or dare I say it, Lex Luthor. After Bryan Singer brought Lex back for Superman Returns, a lot of fans didn’t want to see him as the next villain again for Snyder’s Man of Steel. If however, Meloni were playing Luthor, it would likely be to build his character for a villainous role in the sequel.

Meloni is yet another actor that moviegoers can easily get behind and his looks alone, make him a good candidate for either of these roles. The American-born actor comes to the project with DC Comics experience already on his resume, having voiced Hal Jordan in the animated feature, Green Lantern: First Flight.

The Man of Steel cast thus far (some have to be officially confirmed):

[Update: Vulture is reporting that Meloni is playing a General, perhaps Sam Lane, the father of Lois Lane]


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Source: Deadline

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  1. I think Meloni could pull off Lex, interested to see how all of this casting pans out.

  2. I’m feeling Lex

    • I’m thinkin Perry White

  3. I like C.M. but I think this movie is going to suck I hear superman starts dancing to enter a different plain of existence LMAO SUCKER PUNCH BLEW

  4. Meloni is a fine actor and this cast is taking on epic proportions for a superhero film and hero as big as Superman! This is great! Can’t wait to see a TRUE and kick ass intepretation of Superman onscreen finally! With Nolan writing the story and producing and Goyer writing and maybe Jonah Nolan chipping in and with Snyders action and visuals, I have no doubt, this film will be amazing!

  5. Was Deadshot a general? If not, I would go with General Lane. But I think I’m in DrSam’s camp on this one; this movie just doesn’t inspire me, starting with the director. I hope I’m wrong; I want DC and Marvel to, well, marvel me. :-)

  6. Just like the original “Superman” this is pulling in some famous faces. Giving it street cred! I hope Meloni isn’t Luthor, aside from making me believe he likes to take it in the ass, Meloni is not one I seek out like a Crowe or Costner.
    I think Snyder will wow everyone. I had heard it wasn’t an origin story and I hope its not, but from the looks of it, its covering the kids whole damn life. Awesome!

  7. Just like the original “Superman” this is pulling in some famous faces. Giving it street cred! I hope Meloni isn’t Luthor, aside from making me believe he likes to take it in the ass, Meloni is not one I seek out like a Crowe or Costner.

  8. Sorry for the double posting, connection issues. :(

  9. Amy Adams is the only choice I don’t like so far in casting. She looks like Lana not Lois.

  10. Also, Linda Firontino also can play Lois’s mother Ellen Lane as the wife of General Samuel Lane. The Family of Lois Lane needs to be casted.