Russell Crowe to play Superman's dad?

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Set against the backdrop of the Cold War in an alternate 1985, Watchmen is the complex story of a group of half a dozen costumed vigilantes who go by names like Nite Owl (Patrick Wilson), Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) and Silk Spectre (Malin Akerman). The film opens with the murder of one of the costumed vigilantes, and someone may be trying to kill all of them. Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) is the only character with superpowers, which he got because of a nuclear accident. Adapted from the acclaimed graphic novel by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons.
June 15th, 2011

Russell Crowe is in discussions to play Superman's dad in 'Man of Steel'.

The Hollywood tough guy is in negotiations to portray Jor-El - the superhero's father on Krypton - in the upcoming reboot of the popular comic book franchise, according to Variety.

The role was played by screen legend Marlon Brando in the original 1978 film starring the late Christopher Reeve as the Last Son of Krypton and his alter-ego Clark Kent.

If Russell lands the role he will be joining an impressive cast which includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Kevin Costner as the flying hero's Earth-bound dad, Michael Shannon as villain General Zod and Amy Adams as Clark's love interest Lois Lane.

The movie is being directed by Zack Snyder - whose previous work includes '300', 'Watchmen' and 'Sucker Punch' - and the filmmaker recently insisted he is approaching the project as if the five previous movies do not exist.

He said: "Literally, the one thing that everyone can start to think about is that we're making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there have been no other Superman movies. If you look at 'Batman Begins' there's that structure: there's the canon that we know about and respect, but on other hand there's this approach that pre-supposes that there haven't been any other movies. That's what we're going with."