Diane Lane is set to star in the next "Superman" film as Martha Kent, the adoptive mother of the superhero's alter ego, Clark Kent.
The 46-year-old actress and wife of actor Josh Brolin recently appeared in the movie "Secretariat" and is also known for her roles in the films "The Perfect Storm" in 2000 and "Unfaithful" in 2002, the latter of which earned her an Oscar nomination.
The new "Superman" film is tentatively called "Superman: Man of Steel" and is set for release in December 2012. Lane's role was confirmed by Warner Bros. Pictures.
"This was a very important piece of casting for me because Martha Kent is the woman whose values helped shape the man we know as Superman," director Zack Snyder said in a statement. "We are thrilled to have Diane in the role because she can convey the wisdom and the wonder of a woman whose son has powers beyond her imagination."
It was announced in January that Henry Cavill, a 27-year-old British actor who stars in the Showtime series "The Tudors," will play Superman. Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer, the writing team behind "Batman Begins" and "The Dark Knight," are penning the script for the new film and Nolan, who also directed both "Batman" films, is also on board as a producer.
Others who have played Clark Kent's adoptive mother on screen include Annette O'Toole, who stars in the CW series "Smallvillle" and K Callan, who appeared on the 1990s show "Lois & Clark: The Adventures of Superman" and Phyllis Thaxter, who played the character in the 1978 movie "Superman," which starred Christopher Reeve.
Eva Marie Saint played Martha Kent in the 2006 film "Superman Returns," which starred Brandon Routh as the superhero.
The first Superman on television was George Reeves, who portrayed the hero on "Adventures of Superman" from 1952 to 1958. Dean Cain donned the cape for four seasons on "Lois & Clark: The Adventures of Superman," while Tom Welling has been portraying Clark Kent on "Smallville" for ten seasons.