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08.03.11 15 Comments

When I heard Laurence Fishburne would be playing Perry White in Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot, Man of Steel, my first reaction was “who f*cking cares?” Followed quickly by “who the f*ck is Perry White?” But then I remembered Laurence Fishburne’s daughter does porno and I was vaguely interested in the potential for monkey-fufu jokes. I know, I’m the worst.

White has traditionally been a hard-charging, old fashioned newspaperman, who relies on his ace reporters, Clark and Lois, to get the big scoop. Jackie Cooper played White in the Christopher Reeve-era Superman films, and Frank Langella took on the role in director Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns in 2006. The Superman reboot, produced by Christopher Nolan and directed by Zack Snyder, stars Henry Cavill as Clark (a.k.a. Superman), Amy Adams as Lois, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent. David Goyer (Batman Begins) is penning the script. Man of Steel is due to begin filming this fall, and is slated for release on June 14, 2013. [EW]


Perry is white in the comics, so there’ll probably a couple of dipsh*ts out there pissed about this (not to mention Sam Jackson, who’ll be bummed to miss a paycheck). While I agree that’s a little lame when they cast Thor’s sidekicks like a college course catalog stock photo (two white, one black, one Asian), especially since they’re supposed to be, you know, Vikings, swapping a white dude for a black dude every now and then is perfectly acceptable, and vice versa, as long as it’s not Anthony Anderson as a famous waterpolo player or Cam Gigandet as a human. This casting is fine. I think the bigger problem is that this character is just a less-interesting version of JK Simmons in the Spider-Man movies.

JK Simmons rules.

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Vince Mancini is a writer, comedian, and podcaster. A graduate of Columbia’s non-fiction MFA program, his work has appeared on FilmDrunk, the UPROXX network, the Portland Mercury, the East Bay Express, and all over his mom’s refrigerator.

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