The Hero Express – Cap’s USO costume, Jor-El cast in ‘Man of Steel’, and a surprise on the set of ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

Welcome to the Hero Express, a new speedy look through the news filled world of superhero movies here on Grizzly Bomb. So let’s get to it. Oh, and consider this your SPOILER ALERT, as The Dark Knight Rises news is pretty revealing.

This is The Hero Express for June 16, 2011:

Jor-El has been cast in Man of Steel – (CinemaBlend)

Photo courtesy of Fandango

It looks like Russell Crowe will be playing Superman’s biological father, Jor-El. A part made famous by Marlon Brando in all previous Superman movies, he was also voiced by Terrence Stamp in Smallville. I have to say I never really pictured Russel Crowe as Jor-El, but I don’t really have any complaints. At least we’ll see some good fights. Also here’s a look at a deleted scene from Superman Returns that shows his return to Krypton. It’s not the best quality, but you can check it out at the link – (ComicBookMovie)

Captain America in his USO uniform – (SuperHeroHype)

For the haters of Cap’s costume in Captain America: The First Avenger, take a gander and know that it could have been worse. Nice little easter egg in the film, but what’s with every marvel hero getting dancing girls? Tony Stark I get, he needs to fill up his spank bank, but Steve Rogers? Loving the classic triangle shield.

Fox Offers James Mangold The Wolverine – (Collider)

After the departure of Darren Aronofsky as the director of the next Wolvy movie starring Hugh Jackman, fans have been anxiously waiting to see who would be selected to fill the seat. It looks like Fox has offered the job to James Mangold, who has directed Girl, Interrupted, Walk the Line, 3:10 to Yuma, and *shudder* Knight and Day. At this point nothing will be as exciting as Aronofsky was, so I will have to reserve judgement.

“Bring it, Mangold.”

Ra’s al Ghul in The Dark Knight Rises? – (HitFlix)

“Smell that, Wayne? That’s what a man smells like. A man who just had Taco Bell…”

And I’m not talking about Josh Pence’s role as Ra’s in a flashback. Reports indicate that Liam Neeson, who played Ra’s in Batman Begins, was on set shooting a scene as al Ghul. Now what this means for the story and the movie one can only guess, but I have a pretty good idea forming in my head. Especially with unconfirmed reports of possible Lazarus pits seen on the India set.

Also, another actor has been added to TDKR, as Josh Stewart joins the cast as… an unconfirmed role. Big surprise. (Splashpage)

Is it just me or does he look kind of high here? Anyone?

And that’s it for todays Hero Express. Hope you enjoyed our quick look at some of the Hero news popping up across the web, and you can definitely expect more as I enjoyed bringing it to you.

And don’t forget to tell us what you think about any of these news stories in the comments section below!

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