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Who might Kevin Costner play in Snyder's Superman?

02.21.2011

No seriously, I'm asking you. Because I don't actually know.

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UPDATE - Latino Review is reporting that, as we surmised below, Kevin Costner is being sought to play Jonathan "Pa" Kent in SUPERMAN...

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Deadline is reporting that there is "heightened interest" in Kevin Costner for a role in the upcoming SUPERMAN reboot (is this thing ever going to get an actual title?), but no word on what that part actually might be.

Costner hasn't been in a ton of films recently, his latest is THE COMPANY MEN opposite Ben Affleck. He made news however during the Gulf Oil spill where he somehow owned some machines that were really good at separating oil from water.

So could this humanitarian transform into the villainous Lex Luthor? It's the obvious choice, as that's a major role still to be cast, but I don't think so. If Superman is young, I figure Lex should be relatively young as well. Rather, I would say he's much more likely to play someone like Jonathan Kent, despite that the role hasn't been announced for the film. Though neither has Luthor.

Who do you think Costner could play?

Extra Tidbit: It's easier to see him in plaid and workboots than with a suit and shaved head, don't you think?
Source: Deadline

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9:27PM on 02/23/2011
Costner would be a great choice for whatever role. I think Lex Luthor should be played by Ed Norton though. Ed & Christopher Nolan have a relationship, and Norton has the kind of acting chops to pull of Luthor. So I say Costner no matter what, and Lex only if Norton plays him.
Costner would be a great choice for whatever role. I think Lex Luthor should be played by Ed Norton though. Ed & Christopher Nolan have a relationship, and Norton has the kind of acting chops to pull of Luthor. So I say Costner no matter what, and Lex only if Norton plays him.
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12:54PM on 02/23/2011

ahhh...

Slow Talking Man??
Slow Talking Man??
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12:44PM on 02/23/2011

Field of Superdreams

He should be his character from Field of Dreams, just playing catch in his baseball diamond and wham, baby Superman crashes in the cornfield. At first he thinks it's part of the baseball ghost thing, but then discovers it's a whole new situation. Then we can get James Earl Jones in there somewhere too. Maybe even as Darth Vader. Anyway, I'm available to work on the script if Hollywood wants to call me.
He should be his character from Field of Dreams, just playing catch in his baseball diamond and wham, baby Superman crashes in the cornfield. At first he thinks it's part of the baseball ghost thing, but then discovers it's a whole new situation. Then we can get James Earl Jones in there somewhere too. Maybe even as Darth Vader. Anyway, I'm available to work on the script if Hollywood wants to call me.
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5:50PM on 02/22/2011
i think it would be cool to have costner as pa kent. unlike a lotta people, i really like costner.
i think it would be cool to have costner as pa kent. unlike a lotta people, i really like costner.
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5:20PM on 02/22/2011
I'm all for seeing kevin costner again & in this movie, would have never thought of him in this movie but its brilliant casting. I'm also with those who have said no more Lex Luthor in these movies, he is a boring villian & plus didnt both snyder & nolan say lex luthor wouldnt even be a part of this movie.
I'm all for seeing kevin costner again & in this movie, would have never thought of him in this movie but its brilliant casting. I'm also with those who have said no more Lex Luthor in these movies, he is a boring villian & plus didnt both snyder & nolan say lex luthor wouldnt even be a part of this movie.
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3:47PM on 02/22/2011
I can totally see him playing Perry White. Then again, he would make a good Pa Kent
I can totally see him playing Perry White. Then again, he would make a good Pa Kent
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5:00AM on 02/22/2011
Costner should play Perry White.
Costner should play Perry White.
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4:10AM on 02/22/2011
Please get Lex Luther the hell out of this movie, he doesn't need to be in every single one!!!
Please get Lex Luther the hell out of this movie, he doesn't need to be in every single one!!!
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2:49PM on 02/22/2011
Luthor shouldn't be the main villain, but should most definitely be in it.
Luthor shouldn't be the main villain, but should most definitely be in it.
11:59PM on 02/21/2011

KENT'S BOSS

He should play Perry White. Not in the gloomy light Langella played in SR but a more responsible and humorous one.
He should play Perry White. Not in the gloomy light Langella played in SR but a more responsible and humorous one.
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11:38PM on 02/21/2011
I dig Kevin Costner and he is going to be perfect for this role.
I dig Kevin Costner and he is going to be perfect for this role.
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11:16PM on 02/21/2011
I have no problem w/ Costner at all. I just fear that they're definitely going the origin route. Even if it's post high school, pre-Daily Planet, I don't want it. I want to jump head first into a Superman in Metropolis story. I don't even want flashbacks to Pa Kent.
I have no problem w/ Costner at all. I just fear that they're definitely going the origin route. Even if it's post high school, pre-Daily Planet, I don't want it. I want to jump head first into a Superman in Metropolis story. I don't even want flashbacks to Pa Kent.
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10:59PM on 02/21/2011
This casting never came to mind, but I absolutely love it on so many levels. It's spot on perfect. Costner needs a high profile role. Who plays middle america better than Costner? And it sticks with what Donner and Nolan did with the best of their franchises by surrounding unknown actors with stellar cast supporting actors. Don't know if this movie will be good, but the casting makes this Supes fan very excited.
This casting never came to mind, but I absolutely love it on so many levels. It's spot on perfect. Costner needs a high profile role. Who plays middle america better than Costner? And it sticks with what Donner and Nolan did with the best of their franchises by surrounding unknown actors with stellar cast supporting actors. Don't know if this movie will be good, but the casting makes this Supes fan very excited.
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10:42PM on 02/21/2011

You know, just once I would like Pa Kent to not die.

I mean it's not like Uncle Ben dying, or Thomas & Martha Wayne dying that are essential to the character becoming the hero. I'd really like to see him pimping around, plus it's freaking Kevin Costner.
I mean it's not like Uncle Ben dying, or Thomas & Martha Wayne dying that are essential to the character becoming the hero. I'd really like to see him pimping around, plus it's freaking Kevin Costner.
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10:07PM on 02/21/2011

Bull Durham Reunion

Kevin Costner - Pa Kent
Susan Sarandon - Ma Kent
Tim Robbins - Lex Luthor
Kevin Costner - Pa Kent
Susan Sarandon - Ma Kent
Tim Robbins - Lex Luthor
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9:53PM on 02/21/2011
Im gonna hafta get extremely drunk when Im forced to go see this in the hopes ill pass out before Aston Kutcher gets on screen.
Im gonna hafta get extremely drunk when Im forced to go see this in the hopes ill pass out before Aston Kutcher gets on screen.
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9:55PM on 02/21/2011
oops... wrong article :/
oops... wrong article :/
9:03PM on 02/21/2011
If Kevin Costner plays a mailbox in the movie... he'll blow everybody out of the water. He's a great actor and a greater man... his involvement guarantees my hard earned cash to see this...
If Kevin Costner plays a mailbox in the movie... he'll blow everybody out of the water. He's a great actor and a greater man... his involvement guarantees my hard earned cash to see this...
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8:46PM on 02/21/2011
If this is true, the casting is perfect so far.
If this is true, the casting is perfect so far.
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8:00PM on 02/21/2011
I could totally envision Costner portraying Pa Kent!
I could totally envision Costner portraying Pa Kent!
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7:57PM on 02/21/2011
Him being Jonathan Kent would be inspired casting.
Him being Jonathan Kent would be inspired casting.
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7:48PM on 02/21/2011
I think Costner has Pa Kent is an inspired choice. Costner hasn't had a lot of great roles recently, but when he does he can really knock it out of the park.
I think Costner has Pa Kent is an inspired choice. Costner hasn't had a lot of great roles recently, but when he does he can really knock it out of the park.
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7:47PM on 02/21/2011
If that casting is official, I think Costner would be fine as Jonathan Kent. It wouldn't be a gigantic part and he's got the midwest kinda feel working for him.
If that casting is official, I think Costner would be fine as Jonathan Kent. It wouldn't be a gigantic part and he's got the midwest kinda feel working for him.
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7:20PM on 02/21/2011
cameo: The Riddler!!
cameo: The Riddler!!
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7:06PM on 02/21/2011
Jor-El?
Jor-El?
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7:00PM on 02/21/2011

Not likely, but I see...

KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!

OK, more likely Pa Kent.
KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!

OK, more likely Pa Kent.
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6:59PM on 02/21/2011
how about Zod? It'd be cool to see Costner play a bad guy for once.
how about Zod? It'd be cool to see Costner play a bad guy for once.
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6:46PM on 02/21/2011
I'm saying Perry White.
I'm saying Perry White.
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6:41PM on 02/21/2011
He'd sure be a lot better as Luthor than that softee Spacey. I like Lex older and craftier anyway. He'd work as papa Kent too, but I'd prefer to see him as a villain, preferably somebody not seen on film before.
He'd sure be a lot better as Luthor than that softee Spacey. I like Lex older and craftier anyway. He'd work as papa Kent too, but I'd prefer to see him as a villain, preferably somebody not seen on film before.
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6:27PM on 02/21/2011
He should play Jonathan Kent just so they can have a scene where father and son "have a catch" on a baseball diamond in the middle of a cornfield.

Tell me that wouldn't be a fun *wink* moment that would also actually make a ton of sense for a Superman film.
He should play Jonathan Kent just so they can have a scene where father and son "have a catch" on a baseball diamond in the middle of a cornfield.

Tell me that wouldn't be a fun *wink* moment that would also actually make a ton of sense for a Superman film.
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6:19PM on 02/21/2011
Costner is always welcome, but I'd kind of love to see Harrison Ford play Jonathan Kent (or Perry White....).
Costner is always welcome, but I'd kind of love to see Harrison Ford play Jonathan Kent (or Perry White....).
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6:08PM on 02/21/2011
I'd like to see him in this regardless who he plays.
I'd like to see him in this regardless who he plays.
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5:42PM on 02/21/2011
Pa Kent would be the most likely,but Perry White I think a Possibility.By the way Lex is a great villain who we are yet to see the best off on Screen.

Pa Kent would be the most likely,but Perry White I think a Possibility.By the way Lex is a great villain who we are yet to see the best off on Screen.

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5:35PM on 02/21/2011
Yeah Pa Kent wouldn't be a bad choice. I'm sick of Luthor as the Superman villain. Hopefully he's not even in this.
Yeah Pa Kent wouldn't be a bad choice. I'm sick of Luthor as the Superman villain. Hopefully he's not even in this.
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10:18PM on 02/21/2011
I agree, Luthor was worn out ages ago, and I hope he's a cameo at most.
I agree, Luthor was worn out ages ago, and I hope he's a cameo at most.
5:35PM on 02/21/2011

Mr. Kent.

Or Jor-El would be cool.
Or Jor-El would be cool.
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5:22PM on 02/21/2011
He'd be great as Jonathan Kent. That is if they're going for more of an origin story again, which I hope they don't.
He'd be great as Jonathan Kent. That is if they're going for more of an origin story again, which I hope they don't.
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4:54PM on 02/21/2011
Go Kevin! Make Waterworld II....please.
Go Kevin! Make Waterworld II....please.
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4:27PM on 02/21/2011
He's got Pa Kent written all over him. Please no Lex Luthor. Why do people insist Lex has to be in a Superman movie????
He's got Pa Kent written all over him. Please no Lex Luthor. Why do people insist Lex has to be in a Superman movie????
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4:36PM on 02/21/2011
Cause he is vital to Superman and who he is. Lex does not have to be a main villian in this, just a background character. Then for the sequels, bring him into the picture more.
Cause he is vital to Superman and who he is. Lex does not have to be a main villian in this, just a background character. Then for the sequels, bring him into the picture more.
4:50PM on 02/21/2011
I second Soloist
I second Soloist
4:24PM on 02/21/2011
Not a Costner fan but, could see him as Perry White or Jonathan Kent. Please, no more Lex Luther! The character has been in 4 of the 5 films, enough is enough!
Not a Costner fan but, could see him as Perry White or Jonathan Kent. Please, no more Lex Luther! The character has been in 4 of the 5 films, enough is enough!
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4:18PM on 02/21/2011
It'd be awesome if here were in the movie. He's a great veteran actor and I think would be quite effective in a movie like this.

My best bet on who he is playing is Jonathan Kent. Followed by Jor-El, then Lex Luthor.
It'd be awesome if here were in the movie. He's a great veteran actor and I think would be quite effective in a movie like this.

My best bet on who he is playing is Jonathan Kent. Followed by Jor-El, then Lex Luthor.
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4:14PM on 02/21/2011

Jor-El

I can also see him as Jonathon Kent though too...
I can also see him as Jonathon Kent though too...
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4:05PM on 02/21/2011
Costner is usually only enjoyable in westerns (i.e. Open Range) and sports movies (i.e. Tin Cup).
Costner is usually only enjoyable in westerns (i.e. Open Range) and sports movies (i.e. Tin Cup).
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3:57PM on 02/21/2011
Mr. Myxlplyx!!!
Mr. Myxlplyx!!!
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3:40PM on 02/21/2011
Costner is The White Denzel Washington...bland, boring, tired, but talented.
Costner is The White Denzel Washington...bland, boring, tired, but talented.
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4:02PM on 02/21/2011
I'll give you Costner, but that's CRAZY talk about Denzel.
I'll give you Costner, but that's CRAZY talk about Denzel.
3:35PM on 02/21/2011

Jor-el

thanks my bet
thanks my bet
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3:33PM on 02/21/2011

Lionel Luthor

I will always think of Jon C. Glover as the elder Luthor, but Costner might pull it off.
I will always think of Jon C. Glover as the elder Luthor, but Costner might pull it off.
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3:26PM on 02/21/2011

Boss or Dad

Perry White or Johnathan Kent, natch.
Hey anyone ever notice how much Costner and Patrick Wilson look alike? Coincidence? I think not.
Perry White or Johnathan Kent, natch.
Hey anyone ever notice how much Costner and Patrick Wilson look alike? Coincidence? I think not.
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3:19PM on 02/21/2011
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3:15PM on 02/21/2011
Pa Kent, obviously. Or maybe Perry White.

John Hamm for Lex Luthor!
Seth Green for Jimmy Olson!
Pa Kent, obviously. Or maybe Perry White.

John Hamm for Lex Luthor!
Seth Green for Jimmy Olson!
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3:06PM on 02/21/2011

It Has A Title

Its called Man of Steel.

Costner should play no one, because Costner sucks :/
Its called Man of Steel.

Costner should play no one, because Costner sucks :/
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