I see no reason to actually write another post, so I’ll just republish this one. The Hollywood Reporter has reported Kevin Costner has officially signed to play Jonathan “Pa” Kent in Zack Snyder’s Superman. Props to Latino Review for sniffing out this scoop so early!
Diane Lane and Kevin Costner as the Kents. What a hot family dynamic to live up to.
I’m a few hours late on this one, so apologies all around, CHUD readers.
Rumors swirled today from Deadline that Kevin Costner was in talks to join Zack Snyder’s Superman. The Internet had a lot of fun fancasting if Twitter is any reflection. Those are always good times on a slow news day.
But Latino Review has already solved the mystery as to who (if he signs) Costner is playing: Jonathan “Pa” Kent.
Costner certainly has that aw shucks Midwestern charm that screams Superman / Smallville / Kent family. It’s good casting, and certainly distances the role from Glenn Ford’s heartbreaking portrayal, and Richard Donner’s film. A younger actor also keeps Jonathan Kent as a living, continuous force in Superman’s life like he has been (albeit off and on — currently off) in the comics.
It’s definitely unsettling to be in a timeframe where Costner is old enough to play Superman’s dad, rather than actually be a Man of Steel contender himself. The more Mom and Dad casting stories I write, the harder the passage of time hits.