Write it, and he will sign: Warner Bros. has just confirmed that Kevin Costner has closed the deal to play Superman's adoptive father, Jonathan Kent, in Zack Snyder's upcoming Superman: Man of Steel. Filling the shoes worn by Glenn Ford as Pa Kent in the 1978 Richard Donner incarnation will be a tall order indeed, but the everyman Costner should be able to draw on his inherent decency to instill the values that young Kal-El requires to keep everything copacetic in Metropolis.
In Donner's original film, Pa Kent died of a heart attack right after Clark's high-school graduation, though some comic runs had him living longer. (Fickle cartoonists playing God!). One thing is for sure, Costner could have done worse than have Diane Lane as his wife, Superman's adoptive mother, Martha Kent.
Snyder said in a statement:
"Jonathan Kent is the only father figure Clark has ever had, the man who was there to help Clark understand what he was meant to do in the world as Superman. Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural American man who raised the greatest superhero of all time."