Man of Steel Set Photos Reveal Russell Crowe's Jor-El Costume

Fans are becoming more and more intrigued (if not outright excited) by Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman reboot, Man of Steel, which is boldly attempting re-introduce the character of Superman to the world in ways we haven't seen before (for better or worse).

Adding to the gallery of Man of Steel photos we already have - which have pretty much been amateur paparazzi shots snapped on the set of the film - is today's image, which features one of the re-imagined characters of Snyder's Superman universe that fans have been waiting to see: Russell Crowe as Superman's dad, Jor-El.

The Jor-El images comes our way courtesy of Daily UK, which caught Crowe in between takes as he stepped out for a smoke break. Thankfully he was still in his Jor-El costume, or this wouldn't even really be news...

Check out Crowe's Jor-El costume below, and then we'll discuss:

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There's been much debate on how this film is envisioning the Superman mythos. People are split over the fact that Man of Steel will be yet another Superman origin story, that the superman costume has been changed, and even that General Zod is once again the villain (the same as in Richard Donner's Superman II). And of course, the changes in costumes has already raised the tried-and-true comic book movie complaint that Snyder and Co. are straying too far from the source material (i.e., the Superman with red trunks that everyone is familiar with).

I'm sure that Jor-El's costume - which is also something of a departure from older versions of the character, what with its Kryptonian design that clearly echoes the shots of Henry Cavill's Superman costume - is going to be another source of much debate. It's also more and more evident that this iteration of Jor-El will likely be the scientist who (along with his wife, Lara (Ayelet Zurer)) plays a major role in Kryptonian politics and shares a history with General Zod (Michael Shannon).

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It needs to be stated  - for those who don't know, or haven't connected the dots - that Man of Steel is not so much straying from the comic book source material, as it is adapting more recent Superman comics such as Superman: Secret Origin, Superman: Birthright and most recently, the DC Comics "New 52" reboot of the character, in which Superman wears a costume that is Kryptonian armor, sans red trunks.

I say that to say: for those complaining about how Man of Steel is shaping up, your beef is really more with the recent trajectory of Superman comics than the filmmakers borrowing from them.

How do you feel about Crowe's Jor-El costume?

Man of Steel will be in theaters on June 14, 2013

Source: Flynet Pictures via Daily UK

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