SUPERMAN Director James Gunn Shares Another Cast Photo After Hinting At Plans For Pa Kent In The Reboot

SUPERMAN Director James Gunn Shares Another Cast Photo After Hinting At Plans For Pa Kent In The Reboot

Filmmaker James Gunn has shared another photo from behind the scenes of Superman, this time featuring a familiar face from the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Plus, what's he saying about Pa Kent?

By JoshWilding - Jun 10, 2024 06:06 AM EST
Filed Under: Superman: Legacy

As work continues on DC Studios' Superman reboot, filmmaker James Gunn has shared another behind-the-scenes photo featuring the movie's cast...and a couple of friends. 

In his Threads post, we see Mikaela Hoover (Cat Grant), Christopher McDonald (Ron Troupe), Wendell Pierce (Perry White), and Pruitt Taylor Vince (Pa Kent), along with some unnamed producers and Guardians of the Galaxy star Michael Rooker. 

Gunn insists that his old pal only stopped by for a visit, though it was rumoured a while back that he's been cast as Lois Lane's father, General Sam Lane. While we don't necessarily expect Rooker to appear in Superman, it's not outside the realm of possibility despite Gunn's claims to the contrary.

The Superman writer and director also recently answered a fan question on Facebook about whether Jonathan Kent will be alive in the movie, bluntly responding with, "Well, I don't think I'd hire Pruitt to play a dead person for an entire film."

"...for an entire film"? We'll try not to read too much into that, though it's no secret that Clark Kent's father typically meets an untimely end in the comics and on screen which further inspires his son to be a superhero. 

As for Superman's alien father, there's still no word on who will play Jor-El or whether he'll even appear in the movie. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 star Kurt Russell has been rumoured to play the fallen Kryptonian, though we're still not sure there was anything to that particular claim. 

Check out Gunn's latest BTS photo below.

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, and Gabriela de Faría as The Engineer.

Supporting characters include 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, Mikaela Hoover as Cat Grant, Christopher MacDonald as Ron Troupe, 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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lazlodaytona - 6/10/2024, 6:33 AM
Hmmmm, who should play Jor-El...?
Shaq baby! Let's just come around full circle.
ObserverIO - 6/10/2024, 7:14 AM
@lazlodaytona - Maybe skin pigmentation skips generations on Krypton (like hair color in mixed race white-skinned people or red/black hair in mixed race black/white peoples).

They're aliens. Another species. Anything goes.
Slotherin - 6/10/2024, 7:59 AM
@lazlodaytona - when push comes to shove
lazlodaytona - 6/10/2024, 9:36 AM
@ObserverIO - :D Yeah. I was just playin' around but u make some really great points!
lazlodaytona - 6/10/2024, 9:38 AM
@Slotherin - heck yeah. but, I am curious what a moshpit would look like on Krypton. Typical fanfare? Or a pit of just out slaughtering each other :D
Barkley would jump in too with his draws on n stuff and just start getting his butt kicked!
ProfessorWhy - 6/10/2024, 6:42 AM
Let me guess, Jonathon majors for Jor-El. Fun stuff
TheVisionary25 - 6/10/2024, 6:49 AM
If true then Rooker as Sam Lane could work though it would raise the question even moreso of how much of TSS is canon or not given we would have three actors then in him , Fillion & Hoover that were in that be in this aswell as different characters..

Also , both Pa & Ma Kent has been alive in some versions aswell like the DCAU so there’s precedent for it so I could see that being the case here aswell.

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HermanM - 6/10/2024, 7:07 AM
Keep the Kents alive this time or kill them both off. Leaving just Martha alive and having Clark leave her seems cruel.

I'm hoping they're both alive though. No reason for either to die. Krypton is the explanation for Superman's powers, but the Kents are the reason for literally everything else from the costume to the morality to the worldview and willingness to help others. Clark Kent with superpowers creates the Superman persona and the mild mannered reporter disguise. The Kents are the most formative part of the character's personality and gave him the best life he could have possibly had on earth, while Krypton is just the explanation for his powers.

Watched The Heavy the other night and Pruitt is a great actor.
stevezegers - 6/10/2024, 7:14 AM
I like the Kents being alive too. Helps ground Clark and makes him different from all the orphan superheroes. He has this warm home to go back to.
ObserverIO - 6/10/2024, 7:21 AM
After Donner's Superman The Movie killed Jonathan off and Superman III killed Martha off-screen, it will be good to have a cinematic Superman that has them both alive indefinitely, for a change.

I think the early cinematic versions of Superman (at least the Fleischer cartoons) had both his parents die when he was still a child and he was raised in an orphanage for most of his life. But that's a lonely Superman and I think we've probably had enough of Supes moping.

Time for a Superman with a happy healthy family.
HermanM - 6/10/2024, 8:07 AM
@ObserverIO - Early versions of Superman always had the Kents raise him after at first taking him to an orphanage but later returning to adopt him, however, they usually died when he was about 20 or so after encouraging him to use his powers for good and to become Superman.

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The Kents raising Clark are a consistent part of the origin since 1933 when Siegel & Shuster retooled the character from a villain to a hero.

The Fleischer cartoons just jumped right to him being an adult after only mentioning the Kents & the ophanage briefly, and borrowing the narration from the Superman radio show that erroneously had Superman arriving on earth as a fully grown man (hence the "strange visitor from another world" line which doesn't make sense with the Superman we know and love since he is not strange nor is he a visitor, as he's spent his entire life here except for one day as a baby), even though the radio show later corrected the origin, the famous tag line stuck.
ObserverIO - 6/10/2024, 8:22 AM
@HermanM - I never heard the earliest radio episodes, that's crazy that he was just like an alien visitor like Starman or something. That's nuts. Glad they corrected it later on.

And of course the Siegel/Shuster Superman is on my bucket list, as it should be on every self-respecting comics fans bucket list. I did the Kane/Finger Batman a long time ago and the Marston Wonder Woman about 10 years ago, so I think it's about time I did the Seigel Shuster Superman within the next decade or so. I should at least get to it before the darn things 100 years old, lol.
HermanM - 6/10/2024, 8:30 AM
@ObserverIO - The Siegel/Shuster Golden Age stuff is really great and gets the personality right before they were fired from the strip and all of the Silver Age wackiness and nonsense and over emphasis on Krypton started. John Byrne took Superman back to his Golden Age roots and got the personality and point of things right again, I hope the movie will follow Siegel/Shuster and Byrne more, even though other influences will inevitably be there.

And yeah, the original radio show pilot just starts with Superman landing fully grown as an adult with a random person helping him create the Clark Kent disguise, so in that version, he was never really Clark at all.

Later the radio show changed the origin in line with the comics after it rebooted about a year later, but that opening narration from the first episode stuck around and even went into the 50s show and has lingered since, which is pretty crazy if you think about it!
Doomsday8888 - 6/10/2024, 7:44 AM
The sarcasm was not needed is Gunn f*cking dense?
You want me to mention how Snyder used Kevin Costner as a dead Pa Kent and STILL managed to use him for the whole movie AND was somehow able to call him back for the sequel?
Get the f*ck outta here, man...
Arthorious - 6/10/2024, 9:09 AM
@Doomsday8888 - that whole mountain scene was unnecessary in BvS
Doomsday8888 - 6/10/2024, 9:16 AM
Imma diehard SV fan and it reminded me of S10E01 ending.
I loved it.
Slotherin - 6/10/2024, 8:00 AM
All he needs to do is keep him away from twisters
Arthorious - 6/10/2024, 9:08 AM
There are some interpretations in which Pa remains alive: TAS Superman - JLU, Death of Superman movie, Man of tomorrow. And him being alive is a good idea: Clark has his dad to go to for advice and help when he hits his struggles. And they have a good laugh from time to time
mck13 - 6/10/2024, 9:15 AM
This movie will be an EPIC FAILURE!!!!! Gunn is ONLY good with C LIST CHARACTERS!! His costumes ALL SUCK in every movie he's involve with. This movie will be FUNNY/GOOFY with Lex & Otis as comic reliefs SMFH TOO MANY superhero's in this movie {7} for it to be a good standalone SUPERMAN MOVIE...Superman suit sucks!! The fake Henry Cavill look a like is all the fans will see. But hey his movies has heart right? lol
DanFlashesShirt - 6/10/2024, 9:48 AM
🗣️ Cast Henry Cavill to play Jor-El
Batmangina - 6/10/2024, 1:06 PM
They better have Pa Kent kill himself like in the comics.

What if Pa Kent meets Jor-El's solid light hologram played by Charlie Murphy...and they kiss.

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