Kevin Costner Joins “Superman” Reboot

Kevin Costner has become the latest addition to the upcoming “Superman: Man of Steel,” director Zack Snyder’s reboot of the superhero character.

Costner will play Jonathan Kent, who, along with his wife, raised Clark Kent. “Jonathan Kent is the only father figure Clark has ever had, the man who was there to help Clark understand what he was meant to do in the world as Superman. Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural American man who raised the greatest superhero of all time,” Warner Brothers said in a statement.

The 56-year-old Costner will be playing opposite Diane Lane, who earlier this year was cast in the role of Martha Kent, Jonathan’s wife. British actor Henry Cavill has been chosen to resurrect Superman and his alter ego Clark Kent.

“Man of Steel,” which is co-produced by Christopher Nolan of “The Dark Knight” and “Inception” fame, is scheduled for a December 2012 release.