He once danced with wolves. He also played a prince of thieves. And lest we forget when he once heard “If you build it, he will come.” Now, Kevin Costner (The Company Men) just may be entering the realm of Superman.
Zack Snyder, director of Warner’s upcoming Superman reboot (tentatively titled Superman: Man of Steel), is reportedly interested in casting Costner in a key role in the film. Deadline.com has it that there is heightened interest for the actor though the role in question is still unknown. However, LatinoReview.com is reporting that he will in fact play the role of Jonathan Kent.
Costner as Pa Kent? Absolutely. It’s the role that makes the most sense. Although it would be nothing short of awesome to see him cut loose as a villain (Lex Luthor maybe), he has the look and, of course, the acting chops to slam dunk this role. While he’s a bit younger than Pa Kent is typically portrayed as, he fits right in line with the look of the role’s most recent live-action adaptation, John Schneider in The CW’s Smallville.
It’s not clear how much of Clark Kent’s time in Smallville that the movie will cover, but having a high-profile actor like Costner can only be seen as a good thing. And that’s not the first time that great actors have played small parts in a Superman movie. Just queue up 1978′s Superman: The Movie and see Marlo Brando as Jor-El and Glenn Ford as Pa Kent.
Stay tuned for more official news on Costner’s involvement with the film, which is currently targeted for a December 2012 release.