The studio and its partner Legendary Pictures said last night [17] that Kevin Costner will play the Man of Steel’s adoptive father Jonathan 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,” director Zack Snyder said.

“Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural American man who raised the greatest super hero of all time.”

Costner will star alongside Diane Lane as his wife Martha and Henry Cavill as the new Clark Kent/Superman.

Costner most recently starred in 2010’s The Company Men and is in development on the comedy The One.