In an attempt to put the horrors of Sucker Punch behind him, Zack Snyder is really putting together one hell of a cast together for his Superman reboot Man of Steel. With Henry Cavill leading a dynamite supporting cast which includes Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, Michael Shannon, Julia Ormond, Russell Crowe and Amy Adams, it’s difficult to see how it could possibly sound better. That is until today, when we received news of another casting choice.
Laurence Fishburne has signed on and will play the Daily Planet Editor in Chief Perry White. The character was previously portrayed in the films by Jackie Cooper and most recently Frank Langella. Of course, there will likely be a whole storm of discussion around Snyder’s ethnic casting, but it is my belief that Fishburne has been cast solely for his authoritarian and commanding power. His presence in the film will certainly lend gravitas, very much like the weight he brought to The Matrix and Mission: Impossible III.
Although it is likely there could be some controversy surrounding his casting, most fans I imagine won’t see a problem with it. It’s a smart choice and just gets me more interested in a project I originally had very little time for. Man of Steel will shoot later this year heading towards a June 2013 release date.