Former CSI alum Laurence Fishbourne has signed on to play Perry White, the boss of Lois Lane and Clark Kent, in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. White is known for being the editor-in-chief of The Daily Planet, the newspaper that Clark Kent works for.
Previously, the character was played by Jackie Cooper in the original Superman and Frank Langella in Superman Returns. In the former CW series Smallville, the role was played by Michael McKean in a guest-starring role — all of whom have been similarly aged men as Fishbourne, except that they’re white and Fishbourne is black. Once the news was broken by Entertainment Weekly, some people were outraged with the move, others were ecstatic. One defender said that it was necessary, saying that the movie “desperately needed diversity”, adding that the character of White is “fictional” and doesn’t have a race “set in stone”. Another said that the casting was done in order for the movie to be “political correct”. What do you think? Let us know in our poll below.
Also set to star in the film include Henry Cavill as Clark Kent, Amy Adams as Daily Planet journalist Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Martha Kent (Superman’s adoptive mother), Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent (Superman’s adoptive father), Michael Shannon as nemesis General Zod, and Julia Ormond as Lara Lor-Van. Russel Crowe will play the role of Jor-El, Superman’s father, while former Law & Order: SVU star, Christopher Meloni, will play Colonel Hardy.
The movie is currently pegged to be released June 14, 2013.