After The Tudors star Henry Cavill was announced as the next man to don the blue and red in Superman: Man of Steel (unofficial title), many rumors surfaced regarding potential candidates in the running for key supporting roles in Zack Snyder’s reboot. Most names revolved around the two female lead roles of Lois Lane and Kryptonian Villainess Ursa, but when news broke that Kevin Costner was in talks for a “key” role in the picture, we knew right away that he was being looked to play Clark Kent’s dad.

Warner Bros. has finally sent out the official press release regarding the casting of Costner as Jonathan Kent in the new Superman movie. Costner will co-star alongside Dianne Lane who was recently cast into the role of Martha Kent.

The casting has been smart and likeable thus far and Costner is a prime choice for the fatherly, mentor role as Clark’s dad. How fitting is it that just yesterday, Hero Complex posted the following quote from Snyder about further casting:

“There’s more to come and I think it’s consistent in its … awesomeness.”

With the official news came Snyder’s positive words about his and Warner Bros. signing of Kevin Costner”

“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.”

With the Kent family filled out, we can now look forward to upcoming news on who will jump into the iconic role of Lois Lane and arguably more important, who will play the villain(s)?

Snyder’s take in Superman is confirmed as a total franchise reboot, that will tell a new origin story and according to him, will show us a side of Superman we haven’t seen. It will not be held down by the previous franchise films as Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns was.

Superman: Man of Steel (not yet officially titled) is produced by Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder, and is set to hit theaters in December 2012.

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