Superman: Man of Steel has just nabbed its Perry White. According to Entertainment Weekly, the role of The Daily Planet's editor-in-chief, played in the past by Jackie Cooper and Frank Langella, will be getting a color-combo-breaker as star of stage, television, and screen, Laurence Fishburne will take the role in the 2013 Zack Snyder-directed reboot.
With Fishburne locked as the grouchy and intense boss with an affinity for the phrase, "Great Ceasar's Ghost," he joins a cast headlined by unknown, Henry Cavill as the super-powered Kryptonian, alongside Amy Adams, Kevin Costner, Diane Lane, and Michael Shannon as villain, General Zod.
Thus, far, reactions have been mixed, but at the end of the day, fanboys shouldn't get too bent out of shape. Perry White is not a critical character to the story, and his purpose can essentially be fulfilled by any age-appropriate actor. Besides, we've seen more radical casting in recent superhero films that ended up working. (Notably Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury.)
Having just left his gig on TV's CSI this past May, Fishburne's presence will seemingly bring some established credibility to the cast as they venture forward without a headlining big-name star, similar to the way The Amazing Spider-Man is handling its casting.
Any thoughts on the fact that Morpheus is our new Perry White? Blue pill? Or red?