Russell Crowe to play Jor-El in Superman reboot, ‘Man of Steel’?

Russell Crowe may be stepping into Marlon Brando’s shoes as Superman’s dad in 'Man of Steel'
Russell Crowe may be stepping into Marlon Brando’s shoes as Superman’s dad in ‘Man of Steel’

The cast of the latest big screen adventure for the man in blue tights has been just plain stellar so far, and could get even better.

Variety reported on Wednesday that Robin Hood himself, Russell Crowe, is chatting with Warner Bros. about taking on the role of Jor-El. The famed father of Superman himself, Clark Kent (a.k.a. Kal-El), is a role famously played by Marlon Brando in the Christopher Reeves films (one for which he scored a big paycheck for appearing onscreen for only a few minutes).

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‘Apocalypse Now’ gets the full treatment with ‘The Complete Dossier’ DVD

[rating=3]Starring: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest, Jay ‘Chef’ Hicks, Sam Bottoms, Laurence Fishburne, Albert Hall, Harrison Ford, Dennis Hopper
Director(s): Francis Coppola
Writer(s): Screenplay by John Milius, Francis Ford Coppola; Narration by Michael Herr

Martin Sheen stars in 'Apocalypse Now'
Martin Sheen stars in ‘Apocalypse Now’

In the last fifteen years, I have made three or four different attempts to watch Apocalypse Now. In all those attempts, I was never able to get through the entire film. In each case I fell asleep at different points and never once saw the film all the way through.

Was this a commentary on the film? I wasn’t really certain, to be honest. Perhaps it was just the timing. Maybe I was particularly tired on those days. So, when the opportunity came for me to really watch the film, I took it. Last week I sat down and watchedApocalypse Now: The Complete Dossier, which was released this past Tuesday on DVD. This two-disc set includes the original theatrical cut of the film, as well as the extended Apocalypse Now: Redux which was released in 2001.

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