Women of the DC Universe

Two lovely ladies have been recently cast in upcoming, live-action DC Comics productions.

First, Warner Brothers has announced that actress Diana Lane (Secretariat) will portray Martha Kent in the Zack Snyder-directed Superman reboot.  Check out Warner’s official press release for details!

Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures announced today that Oscar®-nominated actress Diane Lane will play Martha Kent, the only mother Clark Kent has ever known, in the new Superman movie to be directed by Zack Snyder.

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.”

Lane will star with Henry Cavill, who was recently announced as the new Clark Kent/Superman.

Lane earned an Academy Award® nomination for her performance in the 2002 drama “Unfaithful.” She most recently starred in the family hit “Secretariat.” She next stars in the HBO feature “Cinema Verite,” opposite Tim Robbins and James Gandolfini. Lane’s long list of film credits also includes “Nights in Rodanthe,” “Hollywoodland,” “Must Love Dogs,” “Under the Tuscan Sun,” “Perfect Storm,” “My Dog Skip,” “Chaplin,” “The Cotton Club” and “A Little Romance,” to name only a portion.

Charles Roven, Emma Thomas, Christopher Nolan and Deborah Snyder are the producers of the film. The screenplay is being written by David S. Goyer based on a story by Goyer and Nolan. Thomas Tull and Lloyd Phillips are serving as executive producers.

Slated for release in December 2012, the new Superman movie will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

This is, of course, not Diane Lane’s first foray into the world of comic book movies.  She appeared alongside Sylvester Stallone in 1995’s Judge Dredd, another film that is getting a reboot this year.

This casting choice also brings into question the age range of the characters to be portrayed in the film.  Diana Lane (46) is far from the elderly Martha Kent seen played by Phyllis Thaxter (Superman) and Eva Marie Saint (Superman Returns).  Since actor Henry Cavill is only 27, it can be assumed that the film will likely deal with The Man of Steel in his early years.  It might be an appropriate move since TV’s Smallville will end this spring and (hopefully) finish with Clark Kent finally taking up the mantle of Superman.  While the two projects are not linked in any way, they might end up complimenting each other unintentionally. 

Elsewhere in the DCU, Elizabeth Hurley (Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery) Tweeted on Thursday that she has joined the cast of David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman pilot.  She will portray the villain who faces off against Adrianne Palicki’s Amazon Princess.  

As stated in earlier reports, Kelley’s pilot will be a serious, grounded take on DC’s leading lady, so hopefully, Hurley’s currently unknown villain will not be an over-the-top diva looking to rid the world of men.  

While Wonder Woman doesn’t exactly have the greatest rogues gallery in the DCU, one of the first characters that comes to mind is Cheetah, a villain widely regarded as Wonder Woman’s arch-nemesis.  But that is 100% speculation at the point.

David E. Kelley’s pilot is still in the early stages of production for NBC, so check back for more details as they arise.

Written by: Rob "T3K" Piontek

Rob is excited to be contributing to The Fridge. With one finger on the pulse of Marvel/DC and another on that of Hollywood's superhero franchises, no multi-issue arc or casting rumor is too small to report. When Rob opens The Fridge, the light inside shines green!

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