The undeniable hotness of Diane Lane notwithstanding, it’s easy to get excited about Warner Bros.’ announcement that the Academy Award-nominated actress will be playing Martha Kent in Zack Snyder’s 2012 reboot of the Superman movie franchise.
As reported by MTV Splash Page, Snyder stated, “This was a very important piece of casting for me because Martha Kent is the woman whose values helped shape the man we know as Superman. We are thrilled to have Diane in the role because she can convey the wisdom and the wonder of a woman whose son has powers beyond her imagination.”
In other news, Viggo Mortensen is reportedly being considered to play the villain in the film, but it’s unclear at this point just who that adversary will be. I’m hoping that it’s anyone but Kryptonian criminal General Zod, as the main problem with Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns was that it was essentially a retread of Richard Donner’s 1978 classic. We saw Zod in Superman II, so why not give us someone we haven’t seen before? Brainiac, Darkseid, Metallo and Parasite are all excellent candidates. Anyway, for more on that story, visit The Hollywood Reporter’s Heat Vision blog.