Diane Lane Latest Casting Addition to Zack Snyder’s Superman

In a formal press release, Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures have announced that Diane Lane will play Martha Kent, Superman’s surrogate mom on planet Earth, in the new Superman movie to be directed by Zack Snyder (300, Watchmen).

According to Snyder, “This was a very important piece of casting for me because Martha Kent is the woman whose values helped shape the man we know as Superman. We are thrilled to have Diane in the role because she can convey the wisdom and the wonder of a woman whose son has powers beyond her imagination.”

Diane Lane will join Henry Cavill, who was announced as the new Clark Kent/Superman back in February.

Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan.

Film is slated for release in December 2012.

Previous Diane Lane-Superman connection: In 2006, Lane co-starred in Hollywoodland, a biopic/docudrama about the death of actor George Reeves (as played by Ben Affleck). Reeves played Superman/Clark Kent on the Adventures of Superman TV series.

Well, that’s one parent out of the way. As for the role of Clark’s father, Jonathan Kent, there have been rumblings that Kevin Costner has been offered the role, but there’s been no signed confirmation to the fact. Other potential casting hires include Viggo Mortensen, who is being sought for the role of General Zod, planet Krypton’s top military commander and one of Superman’s more prominent enemies in the comic series. In the original Superman and its sequel, Zod was played by British thesp Terrence Stamp.

Another actor Snyder and Warner Bros. may be looking at for the role of Zod is Academy Award winner Daniel Day Lewis. While a bold casting choice to be sure, I’ll believe it when it happens, or when Lewis drinks my milkshake.

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