of Steel is a Superman film developed by Zack Snyder,
Christopher Nolan, and David S. Goyer. The film is a reboot of the
Superman film series.
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Henry Cavill as Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman: An alien infant
sent to Earth by his parents from his dying planet Krypton. He is raised
by Kansas farmers before growing up to become Earth's greatest
superhero. Cavill was cast as Superman, making him the first
non-American actor to be cast in the role. Cavill was on the shortlist
for the 2006 film Superman Returns, but lost the part to Brandon Routh.
Amy Adams as Lois Lane: Reporter for the Daily Planet newspaper
and love interest of Superman / Clark Kent. Adams was selected from a
list of actresses that included Olivia Wilde and Mila Kunis.
Michael Shannon as General Zod: Once a Kryptonian Military
General who led the army on Krypton who turned renegade aiming to take
over the planet and replace the Ruling Council with himself.
Antje Traue as Faora: The man-hating right-hand-woman and
second-in-command to General Zod who tried to help him overthrow the
Ruling Council on Krypton.
Russell Crowe as Jor-El: The biological father of Superman and
one of Krypton's most gifted and successful scientists who predicted the
destruction of his planet. Sean Penn and Clive Owen were also considered
for the role.
Julia Ormond as Lara Lor-Van: The biological mother of Superman
and loyal wife to Jor-El. Connie Nielsen was in negotiations for the
role before Ormond was cast. 
Laurence Fishburne as Perry White: The Editor in Chief of the Daily
Planet and the boss of Clark Kent and Lois Lane.
Kevin Costner and Diane Lane as Jonathan and Martha Kent:
The adoptive parents of Superman. Director Zack Snyder said of Costner
"Kevin will be able to communicate the quiet strength of this rural
American man who raised the greatest superhero of all time."
Harry Lennix as General Swanwick
Christopher Meloni as Colonel Hardy