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A first look at Russell Crowe in his Jor-El costume for Man of Steel

Oct. 4, 2011by: Paul Tassi

I have to say, I'm having the same feeling look at spy shots from MAN OF STEEL that I did with CAPTAIN AMERICA in that I'm really digging the visual design aesthetic.

I liked Supes' new costume, and now with these first shots of Russell Crowe in Jor-El gear, I dig his wardrobe as well. There's something almost medieval about the outfit, but sci-fi enough where you can tell he's from space. The blue on his arms is reminiscent of Superman's threads, and of course, he has a variant of the classic "S" as well.

These come from ComicBookMovie via The Irish Mirror, and it's the best quality available at the moment, which is pretty damn good for spy shots if you ask me. Hopefully they'll release some more official images from the film soon to build on the already positive buzz that comes with each new revelation. From what I've seen and heard, I'm looking forward to this far more than I ever was for SUPERMAN RETURNS.

Extra Tidbit: I'm still wondering if Amy Adams is going to dye her hair to be Lois Lane or not. Shouldn't she be on set by now?

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9:23PM on 10/06/2011
I can't pretend that Crowe as Papa Superman isn't badass. No matter what he's wearing.
I can't pretend that Crowe as Papa Superman isn't badass. No matter what he's wearing.
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3:41PM on 10/05/2011
So Superman's suit originally started out as his dad's long johns?
Can't wait for the scene where, just as baby Kal-El is being placed into his space rocket, Pops-El starts stripping down to his birthday suit, drunkenly growling "Well, I'm not going to be needing these, what with the planet blowing up and shit, so..."
So Superman's suit originally started out as his dad's long johns?
Can't wait for the scene where, just as baby Kal-El is being placed into his space rocket, Pops-El starts stripping down to his birthday suit, drunkenly growling "Well, I'm not going to be needing these, what with the planet blowing up and shit, so..."
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12:17PM on 10/05/2011

Niiiiice !

Very Steampunk / Retrofuturistic... Am I the only one thinking Dune, here ?!
Very Steampunk / Retrofuturistic... Am I the only one thinking Dune, here ?!
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10:29AM on 10/05/2011
The more I look at it the more I like it. It would be cool if at some point he sheds the robes and reveals a super suit of his own underneath, you can already see the blue suit on the arms & legs.
The more I look at it the more I like it. It would be cool if at some point he sheds the robes and reveals a super suit of his own underneath, you can already see the blue suit on the arms & legs.
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4:40AM on 10/05/2011
Meh.. Only a picture taken on set but not feeling it OR Russell as Jor-El...
Meh.. Only a picture taken on set but not feeling it OR Russell as Jor-El...
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1:56AM on 10/05/2011
Cannot picture Crowe as Jor-El. Something about it just seems odd. He doesn't have that wise, old man vibe that Jor-El generally has. Who knows, I guess we'll see.
Cannot picture Crowe as Jor-El. Something about it just seems odd. He doesn't have that wise, old man vibe that Jor-El generally has. Who knows, I guess we'll see.
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12:21PM on 10/05/2011
Well the old man Jor El was always in the movies or TV shows, but NOT in the comics actually, so if you'd discover Supes via big or small screen instead of comics, I can understand why you're thinking that .
Well the old man Jor El was always in the movies or TV shows, but NOT in the comics actually, so if you'd discover Supes via big or small screen instead of comics, I can understand why you're thinking that .
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9:40PM on 10/04/2011
For the fight scenes, I hope Snyder doesn't use slo-mo and heavy shadows.
OH WAIT.
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHH!!!!!!!!
For the fight scenes, I hope Snyder doesn't use slo-mo and heavy shadows.
OH WAIT.
BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHHHH!!!!!!!!
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9:30PM on 10/04/2011
Superman's dad is Sauron? News to me.
Superman's dad is Sauron? News to me.
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8:55PM on 10/04/2011

Extra Tidbit

We've seen pics of Amy Adams on set when she was here in Plano. I thought this site was the one that pointed us in that direction.
We've seen pics of Amy Adams on set when she was here in Plano. I thought this site was the one that pointed us in that direction.
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9:38PM on 10/04/2011
Link or it didn't happen.
Link or it didn't happen.
11:56AM on 10/05/2011
And, anyway, we already have a black Perry WHITE, why not a brunette Loïs!
YES I'M BEING IRONIC !
And, anyway, we already have a black Perry WHITE, why not a brunette Loïs!
YES I'M BEING IRONIC !
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8:35PM on 10/04/2011
I'm liking the bold look of this film so far...as long as the bad guys looking for real estate in this one as well.
I'm liking the bold look of this film so far...as long as the bad guys looking for real estate in this one as well.
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8:14PM on 10/04/2011
The costume makes me think that Anthony Hopkins should have just waited for this role instead of doing the same thing in Thor. I guess the sticker on his eye made Thor the best choice...
The costume makes me think that Anthony Hopkins should have just waited for this role instead of doing the same thing in Thor. I guess the sticker on his eye made Thor the best choice...
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8:10PM on 10/04/2011
No. The S was not given to supes by the media. The S on his chest does not stand for Superman. The S shield is the family crest of the House of El. Jor El was Supreme Chancellor of Krypton or something like that. It's been a few years since I've read a supes comic.
No. The S was not given to supes by the media. The S on his chest does not stand for Superman. The S shield is the family crest of the House of El. Jor El was Supreme Chancellor of Krypton or something like that. It's been a few years since I've read a supes comic.
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11:59AM on 10/05/2011
Actually, as far as I remember, the S became the House Of El's symbol after the post "CRISIS" re-boot of the entire DC line in the 80's.
Actually, as far as I remember, the S became the House Of El's symbol after the post "CRISIS" re-boot of the entire DC line in the 80's.
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7:01PM on 10/04/2011
Horrible casting. And seriously they couldn't even get him to shave for this? This movie is going to be awful.
Horrible casting. And seriously they couldn't even get him to shave for this? This movie is going to be awful.
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7:54PM on 10/04/2011
What's wrong with not being shaved? Gives him a very fatherly and wise look.
What's wrong with not being shaved? Gives him a very fatherly and wise look.
12:04PM on 10/05/2011
Jor El has been shown as a bearded man for more than 15 years in the comics
Jor El has been shown as a bearded man for more than 15 years in the comics
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5:05PM on 10/04/2011

surprisingly.....

BADASS
BADASS
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5:03PM on 10/04/2011
I'm not a Superman fan by any means. So I have a question, why would his father who's name is Jor-El have an S on his chest? Isn't Superman a name he received on Earth from the media?
I'm not a Superman fan by any means. So I have a question, why would his father who's name is Jor-El have an S on his chest? Isn't Superman a name he received on Earth from the media?
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6:04PM on 10/04/2011
It's been ret-conned as the seal of the house of El, sometimes also meaning "Hope", it just coincidentally looks like an "S". *Pushes up glasses, dies alone*
It's been ret-conned as the seal of the house of El, sometimes also meaning "Hope", it just coincidentally looks like an "S". *Pushes up glasses, dies alone*
6:37PM on 10/04/2011
Okay thank you for the information.
Okay thank you for the information.
11:31PM on 10/04/2011
no, its always been a family crest
no, its always been a family crest
12:10PM on 10/05/2011
sorry casketmouth, but you're wrong. It was one of the changes made by John Byrne when he relaunched the title for DC's reboot, in the 80's, after the "CRISIS".
sorry casketmouth, but you're wrong. It was one of the changes made by John Byrne when he relaunched the title for DC's reboot, in the 80's, after the "CRISIS".
4:25PM on 10/04/2011

Disappointing

Marlon Brando he is not! Need to get Jor-el on a tread mill, look at that gut!
Marlon Brando he is not! Need to get Jor-el on a tread mill, look at that gut!
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4:47PM on 10/04/2011
Because Brando was an Adonis sculpted out of marble when he played Jor-El? Russel Crowe is a great choice to play this role. He brings all the gravitas needed to play the father of an icon like Superman, and I'd rather have an actor the caliber of Crowe than another CG floating head of Brando like Superman Returns.
Because Brando was an Adonis sculpted out of marble when he played Jor-El? Russel Crowe is a great choice to play this role. He brings all the gravitas needed to play the father of an icon like Superman, and I'd rather have an actor the caliber of Crowe than another CG floating head of Brando like Superman Returns.
6:17PM on 10/04/2011
Point goes to... Nite Owl.
Point goes to... Nite Owl.
4:22PM on 10/04/2011

looks great..

and again not complaining but does anyone else think it looks like an old man loki
and again not complaining but does anyone else think it looks like an old man loki
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4:17PM on 10/04/2011
I like it. It looks like they are taking the "the cape was his blanket" even further since Crowe seems to be wearing the big blue tights underneath the cloak
I like it. It looks like they are taking the "the cape was his blanket" even further since Crowe seems to be wearing the big blue tights underneath the cloak
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4:02PM on 10/04/2011

Awesome

Looks like those rumors/reports of this film being influenced by Birthright are true. And that is a good thing.
Looks like those rumors/reports of this film being influenced by Birthright are true. And that is a good thing.
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3:35PM on 10/04/2011

Looks terrific...

What an epic fucking cast!
What an epic fucking cast!
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6:18PM on 10/04/2011
Agree!!!
Agree!!!
3:26PM on 10/04/2011
Superhobo
Superhobo
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3:06PM on 10/04/2011
Looks more like Jor-XL.
Superman can't have a fat dad. I know Brando was getting pudgy around that time, but he could ACT SKINNY and we'd believe it.
Looks more like Jor-XL.
Superman can't have a fat dad. I know Brando was getting pudgy around that time, but he could ACT SKINNY and we'd believe it.
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2:56PM on 10/04/2011
very cool. has a young Odin look.
very cool. has a young Odin look.
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2:53PM on 10/04/2011
I'm not sure about Crowe's hair-do, but the costume looks great. But the hair-it looks like he just showed up on set from his house. Seems rather pedestrian- then again, maybe that's the look they're going for?
I'm not sure about Crowe's hair-do, but the costume looks great. But the hair-it looks like he just showed up on set from his house. Seems rather pedestrian- then again, maybe that's the look they're going for?
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2:52PM on 10/04/2011
Looks like he's wearing the Superman suit under the overcoat thing. You can see the boots, and thats the cape sticking out the back. I can't wait for this movie, next to TDKR its my most anticipated movie coming down the pipeline. Crowe is an Awesome choice for Jor-El, and I think Snyder is gonna give Superman the fresh new take the movies have needed for a long time.
Looks like he's wearing the Superman suit under the overcoat thing. You can see the boots, and thats the cape sticking out the back. I can't wait for this movie, next to TDKR its my most anticipated movie coming down the pipeline. Crowe is an Awesome choice for Jor-El, and I think Snyder is gonna give Superman the fresh new take the movies have needed for a long time.
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2:48PM on 10/04/2011
Looks like Thor 2 is shooting ahead of schedule. Still looking forward to this.
Looks like Thor 2 is shooting ahead of schedule. Still looking forward to this.
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2:45PM on 10/04/2011
Very excited for this...
Very excited for this...
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2:37PM on 10/04/2011
Definitely a fun new take on the Krypton material. Can't wait to see what the planet itself looks like.
Definitely a fun new take on the Krypton material. Can't wait to see what the planet itself looks like.
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