One-time Robin Hood Russell Crowe is negotiations to join one-time Robin Hood Kevin Costner in Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel as Superman’s father Jor-El.  That’s what Variety is reporting, and that it went public means there’s probably a good chance it will happen. Russell Crowe is a late addition to the cast after the flurry of announcements a couple months back, but the film has yet to begin shooting. Crowe would then be filling the shoes left by Marlon Brando in the first Superman movie.

Crowe could – at one point – be called a movie star, but in the mid 90′s through until the start of this century, he was also a world class actor, but the last couple years have found him at a loss, even when paired with director Ridley Scott, as their Robin Hood was a miserable adaptation. There Crowe was trying for a youthful sort of role, this role suggests his transition into elder statesman.

The only thing that would make this movie more Hood-centric would be the casting of Sean Connery, Cary Elwes, or Patrick Bergen. The film starts shooting later this summer, so the rest of the cast, or any other surprises should be hitting momentarily. After this summer, it feels like the Superhero movie is running out of steam, so it will be interesting to see what reboots do to the genre.

Are you ready for the Man of Steel?