Two Actors Who Were Considered For 'Jor-El' In Man Of Steel Revealed!

Two Actors Who Were Considered For 'Jor-El' In <i>Man Of Steel</i> Revealed!

Now that we know who is going to play Jor-El in Zack Snyder's new Superman film Man Of Steel, the names of two actors have been revealed that were also considered for that part. Check it out!



As DCMarvelFreshman previously reported, Russell Crowe is set to play Jor-El in Zack Snyder-directed new Superman film, Man Of Steel. It looks like that Christopher Nolan had a long search for the actor to play this part. The Hollywood Reporter offers a brief new info on who else was considered for this role:

"Details of how large the role (a scientist who forsees the destruction of his planet and squires his infant son into an escape rocket bound for Earth) is in Man of Steel are not being revealed. Sean Penn and Clive Owen were reportedly considered for the role.


While I think Russel Crowe is a great casting for Jor-El, it would be very interesting to see both Owen or Penn in that role.

Starring Henry Cavill, Michael Shannon, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Antje Traue and Russel Crowe, Man Of Steel is set for theatrical release in December 2012.

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Comedian03 - 6/15/2011, 1:59 PM
Clive Owen is 10times the actor Crowe is. I would've lved to have seen that.
AlexDeLarge87 - 6/15/2011, 1:59 PM
Crowe is good choice!

Grif@ Why?:/

Comedian03@ Both are decent actors!
P862010 - 6/15/2011, 2:00 PM
clive can be kind of bland in alot of his films tho

an sean penn ahhh john peters almost got his revenge
Hellsing - 6/15/2011, 2:01 PM
Sean Penn can't see him as Jor-el to be honest and Clive Owen to me will always be a perfect older Bruce Wayne for future movies if he can master the American accent.
AlexDeLarge87 - 6/15/2011, 2:03 PM
P862010@ True!;) "He has the eyes of violent caged animal, a [frick]ing killer!" - John Peters
DukeAcureds - 6/15/2011, 2:09 PM
Clive Owen would've been wicked. That'd've been cool. He's not in enough films.
What's with casting the two leads of Gladiator, though? What's that all about?
marvel72 - 6/15/2011, 2:09 PM
neither,pick crowe.
comicbookfreak - 6/15/2011, 2:12 PM
Sean Penn was Jon Peters choice for Superman in 95-97. Anybody know if Peters is still attatched to Man of Steel or not?
AlexDeLarge87 - 6/15/2011, 2:12 PM
Am i the only who thinks that Clive looks alot like Cavill? He would have been great choice as Jor El!
Curmudgeon - 6/15/2011, 2:13 PM
With Crowe and Clive in the mix, I'm surprised Snyder didn't just offer it to Gerard Butler.
FckyouFlipflops - 6/15/2011, 2:21 PM
clive would have been sick , but crowes just got that voice that i can totally see jor el having. im psyched , the cast for this movie is looking amazing XD
BatmanWayne - 6/15/2011, 2:25 PM
Mr. Crowe is gunna be boss in this movie.
imnotwearinghockeypants - 6/15/2011, 2:27 PM
Eff Sean Penn and his socialist dictator stroking ways.
LP4 - 6/15/2011, 2:28 PM
Crowe will own ASS in this movie.

Sean Penn doesn't look a thing like Jor-El in fact...he doesn't look like ANY Superman characters I can think of. He's got this certain look that is just different...his face seems too pointy and too big of a nose. No offense.

But Crowe is a great choice. So far the casting for MOS is just DEAD ON.
naterator - 6/15/2011, 2:32 PM
@IMNOTWEARINGHOCKEYPANTS Agreed! Sean Penn needs to stay the EFF away from SUPERMAN franchises....

CROWE is awesome for the part.
jazzman - 6/15/2011, 2:32 PM
if Clive Owen was casted some of you guys still would cry saying they casted a Brit to play Jor El lol
ManofSteel23 - 6/15/2011, 2:33 PM
god its going to be so strange seeing this movie,in a good way,only because its like a big step for the franchise,i really hope it does well
valeriesghost - 6/15/2011, 2:35 PM
I love Penn, but I couldn't see him as Jor-El.
comicbookfreak - 6/15/2011, 2:36 PM
@itbegins2005

What has Peters done besides Batman, Batman Returns, Superman Returns, and Wild Wild West because he certainly cannot be living in (as Kevin Smith calls it Wayne Manor) his mansion just off those movies, especially since all he produced before his Superman Lives script was the two Batman movies. Idk doesn't make sense. Peters should get his name on more projects like Bruckheimer
Optimus83 - 6/15/2011, 2:36 PM
When do you know of candidates for Luthor?, I know there is a very popular after Superman Returns, but with the approach Snyder give Nolan and I am sure to be a dark character like the Joker by Heath Ledger, and other characters same as Robin and Batgirl in the case of Batman. ... in any case I hope they put Billy Zane as Lex Luthor

InFamouslyCool - 6/15/2011, 2:40 PM
i'd rather Owen's over Crowe any day.
BruceWayneNewton - 6/15/2011, 2:42 PM
crowe is amazing and will dominate this role like the canucks are about to be dominated by my bruins!!!
naterator - 6/15/2011, 2:46 PM
maybe there wont be a LEX in this first movie......i wont mind.
Layperson - 6/15/2011, 2:48 PM
"Sean Penn?--f*ckin' Spicoli?" it's an interesting choice.
HelaGood - 6/15/2011, 2:48 PM
will they use marlon brandos voice again??
ThunderCougarFalconBird - 6/15/2011, 3:04 PM
I can see Sean Penn as a weasely member of the Kryptonian council who covers up Jor-El's findings, but Supermans dad? No.

Clive Owen would have been decent but Crowe is the better choice. Personally, I don't particulary like Crowe in many movies but even I have to admit his has gravitas on screen and a commanding voice, perfect for Jor-El.
Ryden - 6/15/2011, 3:13 PM
imnotwearinghockeypants- Better than being a fascit dictator though right? Dude I live in a socialist country and am better off because of it.
TheLastTitan - 6/15/2011, 3:13 PM
Excuse me while. I go shoot myself over these choices. Brian Cox FTW!!!
Akercocke - 6/15/2011, 3:29 PM
@BruceWayneNewton your Bruins are going home empty handed son, stop dreaming. That being said, I can see Owen as Cavill's father. Both Cavill and Owen look masculine, trustable and honorable. Owen would've been the best choice by far.
AlexDeLarge87 - 6/15/2011, 3:38 PM
Jason Isaacs or Michael Fassbender as Lex next please!!:)
Bryanferryfan - 6/15/2011, 3:44 PM
Billy Zane would be perfect. Why not! Good actor with the right look. HE SHOULD BE LEX LUTHOR!
SHAZAM171 - 6/15/2011, 3:57 PM
Sean Penn!!?!? ARE YOU SERIOUS??? WTF, ZACK SNYDER IS THE WORST AT CASTING THIS MOVIE!!! Clive Owen is a Decent choice put not my first. It doesn't matter this whole casting is horrible, and Once again, This movie's gonna suck. Tell them Grif. ; )
ellispart3 - 6/15/2011, 4:41 PM
This seems to be panning out great, they are going with some great casting choices (not really seeing sean penn, no matter how good of an actor he is) clive would of been a cool jor-el. im kind of hopeing we dont see lex till the end of the movie. superman movies and shows have been saturated to death with lex, i mean he is the archnemesis. but pull the trick from begins and lead into the great battle between the two, don't just dive right in. billy zane would be great as lex
profamagoole - 6/15/2011, 4:42 PM
@ grif-
"Reboot this reboot." Nuff said. I love the casting but this has large-scale Sucker Punch fail written all over it me. Maybe I'm just a skeptic.
comicbookfreak - 6/15/2011, 4:53 PM
s...sp...spicoli?
ellispart3 - 6/15/2011, 4:59 PM
@comicbookfreak lol nice

@ClarkKent1985 give it some time...he can pull it off, hes a good actor
NeoBaggins - 6/15/2011, 5:30 PM
These are the most unbelievably terrible choices that could be considered. I like Clive, but this wasn't for him. He's a more kick-ass dude, not really fatherly and reserved. I'm not even going to dignify the other choice with a thought.

They got the right guy. Actually dodged a bullet now that I see this. Crowe all the way and for the win. Excellent.
SKGannbit - 6/15/2011, 5:51 PM
if owen was picked then everybody would be bitching about crowe not being cast, b!tches will b!tch about anything and everything.
JULEZ13 - 6/15/2011, 5:53 PM
Out of the three choices, Crowe is without a doubt the best guy for the role. I would've considered Clive Owen just because he looks younger since I'm in favor of younger characters for the House of El. But I can live with Crowe, he's a great actor.

Sean Penn for Jor-El . . . LMFAO! Yeah, right. He looks like he's 60!

I agree with Optimus83! Billy Zane for Lex Luthor! FTW!!
JorEl77 - 6/15/2011, 5:54 PM
Sean Penn just needs to stay away from this country since he is always down in that whatever [frick]in country kissin that psycho foreign dictator's ass all of the time.He should just move there if he loves it so much.He's an ugly scumbag too,and Scarlett Johansson must have a taste for shit also.

Clive Owen would have been a pretty cool choice,because he is one hell of an actor.He was cool in Sin City,and did an awesome job in King Arthur.And he has that cool accent too.
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