Russell Crowe Joins Superman 'Man of Steel': Playing Jor-El, Superman's Dad

The cast for Zack Snyder's Superman reboot film, "Man of Steel," got even deeper and more accomplished on Wednesday, as Oscar winner Russell Crowe is set to join the star-studded epic, Variety reports.

Crowe would play Jor-El, Superman's biological father from Krypton. In the Christopher Reeve-starring movies, Jor-El, played by Marlon Brando, appears in the crystals in Superman's arctic hideaway, though there's plenty of other options for both birth scenes and flashbacks.

Snyder emphasized the ability to move away from those films in a March interview with the Los Angeles Times.

"Literally, the one thing that everyone can start to think about is that we're making a movie that finally goes with the approach that there's been no other Superman movies," Snyder told the paper. "If you look at 'Batman Begins,' there's that structure: there's the canon that we know about and respect, but on other hand there's this approach that pre-supposes that there haven't been any other movies. In every aspect of design and of story, the whole thing is very much from that perspective of 'Respect the canon but don't be a slave to the movies.'"

Crowe will join Kevin Costner, who plays Clark Kent's earth-bound dad, as fathers to the eventual Superman, to be played by "Immortals" star Henry Cavill. Diane Lane will play Ma Kent, while Amy Adams is perfectly cast as Lois Lane.

On the evil side of things, "Boardwalk Empire" star Michael Shannon will take on the role of General Zod.

No word on whether Jor-El decides to circumcise Superman.