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):
- Henry Cavill as Clark Kent
- Amy Adams as Lois Lane
- Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent
- Diane Lane as Martha Kent
- Michael Shannon as Zod
- Antje Traue as Faora
- Russell Crowe as Jor-El
- Julie Ormond as Lara
[Update: Vulture is reporting that Meloni is playing a General, perhaps Sam Lane, the father of Lois Lane]
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