This was rumory at first, but now it’s apparently confirmed as “being in negotiations,” and we are meant to take that as official: Russell Crowe will be playing Jor-El, birth father of Superman, in Zach Snyder‘s upcoming reboot. There were several A-listers vying for the part that was once played by Marlon Brando, and after typing that, the casting of Crowe seems like a no-brainer. (Huge movie star, hot in the beginning of his career, slightly pudgier as the years went on … if we’re being honest.) Word is that Christopher Nolan, who is producing, was looking for a serious star for this role, making us wonder how big of a role Jor-El will have in this flick. And just in time for Father’s Day!