SUPERMAN Director James Gunn Confirms Beck Bennett Has Joined Cast - Here's Who He's Playing

SUPERMAN Director James Gunn Confirms Beck Bennett Has Joined Cast - Here's Who He's Playing

Following speculation among fans that Beck Bennett has been cast in DC Studios' Superman reboot, filmmaker James Gunn has confirmed the news and revealed who the Saturday Night Live alum is playing...

By JoshWilding - Jun 06, 2024 09:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Superman: Legacy

Yesterday, we shared a speculative report about former Saturday Night Live cast member Beck Bennett potentially joining the cast of James Gunn's Superman.

Several hours later, the Hollywood trades confirmed the casting and Gunn has since revealed Bennett's role. As expected, he's playing The Daily Planet's Steve Lombard. 

The character was created by Cary Bates and Curt Swan and first appeared in 1973's Superman #264. On the page, Lombard is a sports reporter, and later a sports anchor, for The Daily Planet, the same newspaper where Clark Kent and Lois Lane work.

Known for his brash and often arrogant personality, Lombard is depicted as a former professional football player who brings his jock mentality to the newsroom. He is notorious for playing practical jokes on his colleagues, especially Clark Kent, whom he perceives as a mild-mannered and unassuming reporter.

Despite his antics, Lombard is portrayed as a competent journalist and a character who adds a touch of comic relief to the Superman series.

In various adaptations and reboots (including 2013's Man of Steel where he was played by Michael Kelly), Lombard has been reimagined to fit contemporary settings, but his core traits of being a boisterous and confident sports reporter remain consistent.

Aside from one or two more minor characters, we're guessing this is it for Superman casting. Rumours about the reboot featuring a CG baddie continue doing the rounds online, so only time will tell who voices someone like Mongul, for example.

It was previously reported that Guardians of the Galaxy star Kurt Russell will play Jor-El, though both he and Gunn have denied it. 

Superman tells the story of Superman's journey to reconcile his Kryptonian heritage with his human upbringing as Clark Kent of Smallville, Kansas. He is the embodiment of truth, justice and the American way, guided by human kindness in a world that sees kindness as old-fashioned.

David Corenswet is playing the Man of Steel, while Rachel Brosnahan has been tapped to star as Lois Lane.

The cast includes Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific, Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner, Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho, Gabriela de Faría as The Engineer, Sara Sampaio as Eve Teschmacher, Wendell Pierce as Perry White, Skyler Gisondo as Jimmy Olsen, Pruitt Taylor Vince as Pa Kent, Neva Howell as Ma Kent, Beck Bennett as Steve Lombard, and Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor.

Milly Alcock is also expected to make a cameo appearance as Supergirl before taking flight in her own movie, Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow.

Superman is currently set to be released in theaters on July 11, 2025.

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Lisa89
Lisa89 - 6/6/2024, 9:12 AM
Yeah, now I'm Steve LomBored. :(
Doomsday8888
Doomsday8888 - 6/6/2024, 9:12 AM
Time to hit the gym, bro.
regularmovieguy
regularmovieguy - 6/6/2024, 9:55 AM
@Doomsday8888

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RolandD
RolandD - 6/6/2024, 11:06 AM
@regularmovieguy - Great actor, but he was Steve Lombard in name only. He neither looked nor acted like Lombard.
regularmovieguy
regularmovieguy - 6/6/2024, 11:42 AM
@RolandD

Michael Kelly's awesome. Love the guy and I'm excited to see what he gets to do in The Penguin.

Also - I don't read many comics (read some graphic novels back in the day and would like to get back into them) so I have a pretty blank slate in terms of side characters and whether or not they "look the part." But I liked Kelly even if he had a small role in MoS.

Pretty obvious Beck Bennett is going to provide some comic relief at The Daily Planet. Loved his SNL work so I'm looking forward to his role in Superman.
dragon316
dragon316 - 6/6/2024, 8:22 PM
@Doomsday8888 - majors does not look like kang fans was fine with that choice
RegularPoochie
RegularPoochie - 6/8/2024, 7:23 AM
@Doomsday8888 - Likewise I bet, "bro"
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harryba11zack
harryba11zack - 6/6/2024, 9:14 AM
no, im not reading all that sh1t, just put whoever he is plaing in the title
TheFinestSmack
TheFinestSmack - 6/6/2024, 9:18 AM
@harryba11zack - All that to say he's playing the dude they said he was probably playing in the article yesterday.
Origame
Origame - 6/6/2024, 10:32 AM
@harryba11zack - he's the dude playing the dude disguised as another dude.
bobevanz
bobevanz - 6/6/2024, 9:17 AM
He looks more like the waterboy than an athlete lmao, Twisters tickets on sales so get your fat asses off the couch
marvel72
marvel72 - 6/6/2024, 10:45 AM
@bobevanz - Why would anyone buy tickets to see Twisters, it looks shit.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 6/6/2024, 9:23 AM
Not surprising but nice nonetheless!!.

Bennett can play a great D-bag lol so it’s good casting imo.

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Hopefully he provides some nice comic relief at the Planet!!.
DocSpock
DocSpock - 6/6/2024, 9:23 AM

I can't stand this unfunny boob.
HermanM
HermanM - 6/6/2024, 9:26 AM
Fine casting. I'm sure he'll do fine.
GeneralZod
GeneralZod - 6/6/2024, 9:41 AM
No one cares. The action is at the Acolyte comment threads.
Dotanuki
Dotanuki - 6/6/2024, 9:42 AM
I know we are more than a year out but I don’t feel any excitement for this movie yet. The first pic was underwhelming to put iit mildly. Hopefully they start dripping out some promos during SDCC.
regularmovieguy
regularmovieguy - 6/6/2024, 9:44 AM
Love Beck Bennett.
CoHost
CoHost - 6/6/2024, 9:47 AM
Found out the Lois actress is a nepobaby. Her aunt was a very rich fashion designer, Kate Spade and her uncle is David Spade.
RolandD
RolandD - 6/6/2024, 11:09 AM
@CoHost - And she’s got mad talent which is what’s important.
TheOtherOn
TheOtherOn - 6/6/2024, 4:02 PM
@CoHost - Go and watch "The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel" before trying to act funny or expert.... ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

She is probably one of the best casting choice for Lois Lane in my opinion and may even give Erica Durance and Elizabeth Tulloch a run for their money.
BlackBolt84
BlackBolt84 - 6/6/2024, 10:08 AM
Literally no idea who this actor even is. The fact that they keep announcing every minor little role cast in this thing just makes me feel like they're trying to keep some non-existent hype train rolling. I'm still convinced this movie is going to be awful, because Gunn is a hack who isn't right for a Superman movie.
Forthas
Forthas - 6/6/2024, 10:12 AM
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PaKent
PaKent - 6/6/2024, 10:31 AM
It's clear now that Gunn doesn't give a [frick] about this movie and Superman's legacy and fans!
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narrow290
narrow290 - 6/6/2024, 11:19 AM
I'm so happy Disney doesn't have anything to do with this
Izaizaiza
Izaizaiza - 6/6/2024, 11:21 AM
Seems like good casting, from what I know of the character. Fingers crossed that this will be the next great adaptation of the character! 45 years is a long time to wait
WhateverItTakes
WhateverItTakes - 6/6/2024, 11:32 AM
How is he related to Gunn?
RolandD
RolandD - 6/6/2024, 11:34 AM
I would have expected someone taller if he’s supposed to be a former pro quarterback. Back in the day, he used to be shown about the same height as Clark/Superman.
TheVisionary25
TheVisionary25 - 6/6/2024, 11:45 AM
@RolandD - he could be a running back or they won’t be going into the Football backstory

We’ll see though , I doubt he’s fleshed out much.
RolandD
RolandD - 6/6/2024, 12:00 PM
@TheVisionary25 - True. Anything would be more fleshed out than the character in MoS.
Steel86
Steel86 - 6/6/2024, 11:56 PM
@RolandD - He'll probably just be a sports caster with either no playing background or Gunn might do a smaller sport backstory for a laugh. Sidenote- Michael Strahan would've been a good pick.
NinnesMBC
NinnesMBC - 6/6/2024, 11:55 AM
I only know some of the comedians from SNL and he isn't one of them.

My fave version is the animated one from the current My Adventures With Superman, hopefully the live-action iteration is like that.
thedrudo
thedrudo - 6/6/2024, 12:26 PM
I love Beck so much.

Him and Kyle Mooney are two favorites of mine. Watched Brigsby Bear for the first time this week and was happy to see a small role for Beck in it.
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