|Top Left to Right: Diane Lane, Martha & Jonathan Kent (comic book), Kevin Costner; Bottom Left to Right: Viggo Mortensen, General Zod (comic book), Terrance Stamp as General Zod|
Superman (2012) casting. Here is what has been confirmed: Diane Lane will indeed play Martha Kent. I have to tell you, I love the choice here! She is a quality actress who has never let us down. We already know the story features a younger Superman, so she will fit in to the world that Snyder is creating for our hero.
Viggo Mortensen! He's rumored to play none other than General Zod! Terrance Stamp played him masterfully in the original Superman I and II. How great is this if it's true? Mortensen is an amazing actor and is considered one of the best dramatic actors around; he's even been nominated for an Academy Award. He has the means to play a sinister villain, capable of horrific crimes.
The interesting thing about Mortensen's casting would be the character he would play. General Zod has long been rumored to be the villain of the story David S. Goyer is scripting. It makes sense on some level too. If the villain really is General Zod, it's more recognizable, or relateable. It wouldn't be some space villain who is too fantastical to believe. I could see Mortensen stealing the show as the villain, and I hope that's exactly what happens!
Great rumors for the Superman fan base to consider. We'll keep you posted if any of the latter rumors become fact!