With superhero and comic book adaptations continuing their relentless assault on cinemas, it will be interesting to see whether Zack Snyder’s critical mauling for Sucker Punch will impact on his creative freedom with the Superman reboot on which he is currently working.

Casting news has abounded of late, with the current state of play seeming to be that Henry Cavill is Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman, Michael Shannon is Zod, Amy Adams will be Lois Lane, Antje Traue will play Zod’s accomplice Faora, Kevin Costner is due to be Jonathan Kent, Diane Lane should be Martha Kent and Russell Crowe is in line to be Jor-El. Frankly, that’s a pretty hefty cast already, but as they often say, the hits just keep on coming….

THR are saying that Julia Ormond (Legends of the Fall, Sabrina) has been offered (and is likely to accept) the part of Lara, Kal-El’s Kryptonian mother and Deadline say that Christopher Meloni (Law & Order: SVU, Twelve Monkeys, Runaway Bride) “is in negotiations for a major role”. Vulture spoke with Meloni and shot down a few rumours, Lex Luthor by name and Perry White by insinuation, saying that he would be playing a General in the film, and that he will shoot over five months in Vancouver and Chicago so it can be assumed that his role is not minor.

Certainly if anything goes wrong with the final product on this one, it’ll be hard to say that a better cast would have helped. I think that would tend to put more pressure on Zack Snyder to deliver on the promise of Dawn of the Dead, 300 and (to a lesser extent) Watchmen and show that Sucker Punch and that weird film with the owls were glitches rather than indicators of a downward trend.

Sources: THR and Deadline and Vulture

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  • Lisa

    I have just two words to say to Dick Wolf.  Take that!

    This is poetic justice for Christopher Meloni, whose departure from SVU broke the hearts of the series’ fans across the world.  He is certainly one of the finest actors on TV, and I always felt that he  never got the recognition he deserved for bringing to life arguably the most memorable TV detective in the past quarter century.  I am so glad that he will have a significant role in what is shaping up to be a true movie event.  Between him and Russell Crowe, somehow I think I don’t even have to look at Superman anymore … Crowe and Meloni are two of the most magnetic actors on the silver screen and the small screen, and most other actors pale in comparison to them.  I cannot wait for this movie!