Variety reports that Russell Crowe is in negotiations to play Clark Kent's biological father, Jor-El, in "Man of Steel." Apparently Sean Penn and Clive Owen were also being considered (the latter choice seems odd), but of the three, Crowe is a pretty good selection, with the right frame and presence to do the role that many still associate with Marlon Brando. We'd wager his role will likely be entirely first act/flashback stuff but someone like Crowe certainly sets an anchor for the rest for the movie. According to the trade, the last major role to be cast is that of Supes' biological Mom, Lara.
Crowe joins the intriguing cast of Henry Cavill, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Michael Shannon and Antje Traue in the film. Production gears up next month for "Man of Steel" which is keeping plot details under wraps. The film is expected to arrive in late 2012.