Kevin Costner May Join ‘Superman: Man of Steel’ [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated August 24th, 2013 at 10:06 am,

It’s been around two decades since Kevin Costner’s days as the rugged leading man in blockbusters like Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and Dances with Wolves, but he’s reportedly being considered to play a pivotal role in a new tentpole pic, Zack Snyder’s Superman: Man of Steel.

Henry Cavill landed the reboot’s titular role a few weeks back, and Warner Bros. is continuing to search for actresses to play Lois Lane and the villainous Ursa, which raises the question – what part might someone like Costner play in the film?

Deadline isn’t saying much about what specific role Costner could play in the Superman reboot, other than describing it as “key.” While the news that Ursa is appearing in the film has resuscitated speculation that General Zod will be the villain (despite Snyder’s denials), Costner doesn’t seem at all a proper fit for that character. He could follow in the footsteps of Marlon Brando and portray Supes’ biological father, the Kryptonian leader Jor-El, but that too would be a strange bit of casting.

The most obvious and likely role for Costner is that of Jonathan Kent, Clark Kent’s down-to-Earth (pun intended) adopted father from rural America. Many of the characters that Costner’s played throughout the course of his career are variations on that archetype (see - Field of Dreams, Message in a Bottle, The Upside of Anger, etc.). He even essentially played a moral-teaching father figure to Ben Affleck (who once had some solid fan support to play Superman) in The Company Men.

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Costner opposite Ben Affleck in ‘The Company Men’.

Jonathan Kent is certainly a “key” character in the Superman mythology, but the idea that Costner’s being eyed to play the role at this point seems a bit curious. The titular hero, female lead, and villain of The Amazing Spider-Man had been cast well before supporting character parts like Spidey’s parental figures, Uncle Ben and Aunt May, were officially settled. It’s possible that Costner’s name just happened to be leaked a bit earlier than expected, but the timing is peculiar nonetheless – assuming that he’s not up to play the villain or another major role in Man of Steel, that is.

UPDATE: Latino Review says that Costner is indeed being eyed to play Jonathan “Pa” Kent in Man of Steel. To paraphrase the famous line from Field of Dreams, “If you build [a new franchise], [Kevin Costner] will come.” icon wink Kevin Costner May Join Superman: Man of Steel [Updated]

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John Schneider as Jonathan Kent on ‘Smallville’.

Snyder’s Superman reboot is being produced by the likes of his wife, Deborah, and was “godfathered” by Christopher Nolan, prior to his departure to focus on The Dark Knight Rises. David S. Goyer is reportedly still working on and tweaking the screenplay, which was rumored last fall to be in need of a major overhaul as Warner Bros. keeps pushing the project to make a December 2012 release date.

Who do you think Costner is being eyed to play in Superman: Man of Steel?

Source: Deadline

Update Source: Latino Review

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  1. Pa Kent, Zor-El, or Perry White. Those seem to be the most likely.

  2. Perry White

  3. Good casting for Pa Kent, I think. Costner fits the bill.

  4. So they are going the Smallville Route with making Jonathan Kent younger, to me there is no better Jonathan Kent than John Schneider but I still think Kevin Costner can still do a good job. I think this movie success will depend on how good the script is.

  5. I love Costner

    Open Range may be the best western of the last 20 yrs

    And the Postman is one of the most under rated films of all time.

    John Kent or Perry White

    Still want Terrance Stamp as Zod

    • Garth…

      Yes, Costner is a good actor. As for Stamp, he was a wonderful Zod, but you KNOW they will not have him in this film in that role…If he is in the film at all, it will be in some kind of cameo role for the sake of nostalgia or some kind of “passing of the torch”, like the Lois and Jimmy from the George Reeves series in “Superman Returns” or like Christopher Reeve in “Smallville”.

    • Hahaha. I’d rather see Terence HILL!

  6. Do you think Zack knows how much I hate him? Do you think he realizes it’s because he takes credit for stealing others ideas or aesthetics (George Romero, Frank Miller, and now Masamune Shirow…) and for a director who’s all about style, has very little style of his own?
    No. Of course he doesn’t. Bc / he’s Zack Snyder. And he’ll be the one who finally kills Superman.

  7. If they wanna put General Zod in there, I’d like to see John Travolta playing it. At least it’ll help us forget his other horrible extra-terrestrial role in Battlefield Earth

  8. You know with all the talk of Perry White and Jonathan Kent I’m starting to see the two characters run together. Kent Sr. being a small town newspaper man I mean. Plenty of farmers have worn two or more hats in their careers, if Jonathan is portrayed as a Jeffersonian model American it might aid in propelling a young Kent to go off and find his own sense of greater social responsibility. It would be a different portrayal than what you normally see and would lay a groundwork for Clark to have a writers orientation.

  9. How about the voice of Costner for Krypto the dog? The whole story line could be told thru the eyes of this caped canine.
    Seriously, what about Robert Duval as Pa Kent, John Travolta as Bizarro Superman and the kid from Two And A Half Men as Mr. Mxzypltk?
    In reality, the story itself better be a great one. The sequels to the original movie were getting to be like the Star Trek ‘series’: nostalgia walk-on tributes: no real story (except Star Trek II) but an opportunity to see how Leonard Nimoy aged or how heavy Scotty had become.
    The reboot of Star Trek, and Batman were excellent and we should expect nothing less than that with Superman and Spiderman. Viggo Mortensen or another great actor will only be as good as the script.

  10. If Costner were smart, he’d push for the title as the Green Arrow! I think he’s got that Robin Hood thing down!! :)

  11. REALLY! Henry Cavill will be THE MAN OF STEEL? Here we go again another let down for one of the most popular and Iconic super-hero of them all!
    When they Cast Brandon Routhe(not sure about the spelling)as Superman I had major doubts he would fill the shoes of Christopher Reeve and even George Reeves,and he lived up to all my low expectations let me tell you!Now they have another actor who looks more like a COWBOY/BADBOY BIKER than a pure clean innocent looking powerful being who represents goodness and morality and justice a role-model to look up to and hope for the future.
    Anyway im not going to hold my breathe, this movie im sure will be another flop, unfortunately the producers for some reason namely MONEY would rather use the popularity of the superman character to line their pockets instead of holding true to the character and looking for someone who actually can fit the role to a T, not just an actor who they feel would draw a crowd of viewers but look for someone who has a boyish clean wholesome look someone who is not only tall strong poweful and handsome but that also has the qualities a parent would love for their daughter and son and brother. Christopher Reeve had that look and even George Reeves especially when he would talk to children who would think he was actually superman in interviews. These 2 recent actors lack something very important to the superman persona they do NOT have whats needed to hold an audience attention to the movie regardless of the content and special effect of the movie and writers of the story, the producers should re-examine their motives and their political correctness and do the right thing!!! I must admit though I am huge Superman fan since I was 12 Ive yet to find anyone to fill Christopher Reeve Shoes he had the kind sweet look the acting ability the playful interest in Lois Lane (not too obvious) even a little shy too, maybe hes outhere possibly even in another country or maybe we never will find the right guy to play this larger than life role who knows I hope Im wrong. Tom Welling was ok just not the right one either for the big screen.Now that I think about it I can only imagine who theyre going to hire to play the part of Supermans Counterpart “Wonderwoman” when they feel theyre ready to make that movie. My advice to them is to take their time and not rush into producing a movie just beause they feel its time to do so, I still havent found anyone who I feel would be right to play Wonderwoman although “Bridget Regan” from the show The Legend of the Seeker if you add dark eyeliner and dressed properly seems to me to be the closest match she does need a little tan though but she does have that amazonian look. Lynda Carter will be another difficult one to replace she had almost the identical look as the comic book heroness, but shes not The Man of Steel so it wont be nearly as difficult to find an actress to play her part! In conclusion we really DO NEED ANOTHER CHRIS REEVE,second best thing again this is just my humble opinion, use him as a template to find an actor worthy to play his role not just in hollywood but around the world!

  12. But what are you going to do Tim? The clock is close to striking midnight on this property. Warner has done allot of wrangling all around trying to do just the right thing and it’s like the company has the character by one arm, the creators have him by the other and the fans have him by the cape. Writers, actors, directors and hangers on are grabbing him by the feet and they’re all collectively pulling in five different directions! It’s been written before “it’s a miracle anything gets made in Hollywood” maybe were just seeing just how true that really is.

    One thing is for certain it’s lurching forward and I think it’s safe to say it’ll be different…

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