Man of Steel Character Roll Call

Well now that you’ve read about the speculation on the plot line for Man of Steel, let’s get you up to speed on the characters in the film.

The Kryptonions


First up it’s Russell Crowe as Jor-El and Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Superman. This father son relationship ought to be an interesting one as Russell Crowe clearly does not appear as a hologram unlike previous Superman films and Henry Cavill stated in an interview that Crowe was actually his idol. Given Crowe’s massive on screen presence, he sure would make a convincing Jor-El.

Cavill was cast as Superman, making him the first non-American actor to be cast in the role. Cavill was one of the actors that was considered for the role of Superman for the 2006 film Superman Returns, but lost the part to Brandon Routh. According to Zack Snyder, Cavill was “the perfect choice to don the cape and S shield.” Cavill has stated that “There’s a very real story behind the Superman character”, explaining that everyone’s goal has been to explore the difficulties his character faces as a result of having multiple identities — including his birth name, Kal-El, and his alter ego, Clark Kent. Cavill has also stated that “He’s alone and there’s no one like him,” stating of Superman’s vulnerabilities. “That must be incredibly scary and lonely, not to know who you are or what you are, and trying to find out what makes sense. Where’s your baseline? What do you draw from? Where do you draw a limit with the power you have? In itself, that’s an incredible weakness.”


Ayelet Zurer plays Lara Lor-Van, the biological mother of Superman and loyal wife to Jor-El. Julia Ormond had previously been announced as cast, but dropped out.


Michael Shannon as General Zod, a Kryptonian general and megalomaniac with the same superpowers as Superman. Viggo Mortensen was considered for the role. Snyder stated, “Zod is not only one of Superman’s most formidable enemies, but one of the most significant because he has insights into Superman that others don’t. Michael is a powerful actor who can project both the intelligence and the malice of the character, making him perfect for the role.” When Goyer was asked about why Zod was chosen as the villain, he states that: The way (Christopher) Nolan and I have always approached movies as well is you never say, ‘Hey, which villain would be cool for this movie?’ You start with the story first. What kind of story? What kind of theme do you want to tell? So we worked that out. Then, usually the villain becomes obvious in terms of who’s going to be the appropriate antagonist for that. When you guys see the movie, the only villain we could’ve used was Zod and the Kryptonians. I mean, when you see what the whole story is, nothing else would have even made sense.”


Antje Traue as Faora-Ul, a Kryptonian female associate/follower of Zod. Many have mistaken her to be the same character as the one portrayed by Sarah Douglas in Superman 2 in 1980. However that character is actually named Ursa, Zod’s second in-command. Faora is actually a character from the comics that has not be portrayed on the big screen till now. By the way, according to the comics, Faora was an expert at the Kryptonian martial art of Horo-Kanu, which utilized the pressure points on the Kryptonian body. This should be interesting.

The Foster Parents


Kevin Costner is  Jonathan Kent (seen here with Dylan Sprayberry as 13 year old Clark Kent) Below: Diane Lane as Martha Kent.

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Director Zack Snyder explained his reason for his casting the on-screen couple is solely for the realism: “I think the thing you realize when you look at Diane and Kevin, in our decision to cast them so far, you sort of get a sense of how tonally we’re looking at the movie, and what you realize is that those guys are serious actors, and we’re taking this movie very seriously in terms of the tone of having those guys. You’re talking about having a situation where whatever the action is or whatever the drama of the movie is, our first priority is to make sure it’s rendered in the most realistic way we can get at.

The Daily Planet


Amy Adams as Lois Lane, reporter for the Daily Planet newspaper and love interest of Clark Kent. Adams was selected from a list of actresses that included Olivia Wilde and Mila Kunis. “There was a big, giant search for Lois,” Snyder said. “For us it was a big thing and obviously a really important role. We did a lot of auditioning but we had this meeting with Amy Adams and after that I just felt she was perfect for it.” On portraying Lois Lane, Adams has stated that the film will feature a Lois Lane who is an “independent, feisty woman… but set in a more identifiable world.”

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Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Rebecca Buller as Jenny. The Editor in Chief of the Daily Planet and the boss of Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Fishburne is the first African American to play Perry White in a live-action film. However the majority of fans embraced the idea of Fishburne playing Perry White and some even called it “perfect casting”. As for Jenny, not much is known about her character but there is speculation that she could be related to Jimmy Olsen.

The Government


Harry Lennix as General Swanick, Christina Wren as Major Carrie Farris and Richard Schiff as Dr. Emil Hamilton. Fans should be excited at the appearance of Dr Hamilton as he is a S.T.A.R. Labs scientist who in earlier versions helped Superman with his powers and space exploration but in later versions of the character, appeared to be more villainous as he begins to see Superman as a potential threat to the world. Wonder which version this will be.

Man of Steel opens in cinemas 13 June 2013

Images courtesy of Warner Bros. Singapore

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