Crowe: ‘Man Of Steel is complex’

Russell Crowe talks Superman’s psychology and calls film a ‘massive undertaking’.

Russell Crowe has been talking about his role as Superman’s father Jor-El in Zack Snyder’s upcoming series reboot ‘Man Of Steel’.

“It’s very complicated, it’s really complex,” said the Oscar-winning actor.

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New daddy.. Crowe in as Jor-El (Credit: Warner Bros.)
In an interview with Reelz, Crowe said:

"I don’t think anybody has really tried to get into the psychology of what it must be like to be Superman and what people would really respond like in a modern society if somebody like that just popped up. I think Zack Snyder was given a great deal of responsibility because when it comes to comic book heroes and superhero films the top of the food chain is Superman.”

The 48 year-old actor also praised the scale of director Snyder’s reboot:

“I’m really looking forward to seeing it, it’s a massive undertaking. It takes you on the ground to Krypton, it takes you to a planet where the sun is four times larger than ours and you get to experience that stuff and if you’ve seen the trailers you realise that this Superman is not just floating through the air held up by a wire, this Superman is supersonic. I’m really looking forward to the way that people will respond to it.

The last time we really saw Jor-El, the Man of Steel’s birth father, was in Richard Donner’s 1978 ‘Superman’, staring Christopher Reeve.

Back then the Kryptonian daddy was played by Marlon Brando, whose career infamously nose-dived afterwards. Crowe is slightly more confident though: “I think the biggest indicator for me of how it’s looking is that the financier of the film has sent me gushing emails, he just loves it.”

‘Man Of Steel’, starring Henry Cavill, is set for UK release 14 June 2013.