‘Man of Steel’ TV Spot: Wait, Is Russell Crowe’s Jor-El Alive?

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Yep, Superman has two daddies: Kevin Costner’s Jonathan Kent, of the planet Earth, and Russell Crowe’s Jor-El, of the planet Krypton. It’s the latter who gets the spotlight in a new TV spot for Man of Steel, Zack Snyder’s Superman reboot out June 14. Superman seems to be having a long heart-to-heart with Jor-El in his Fortress of Solitude. The only thing is…it doesn’t appear to be a hologram of his Kryptonian father, as Marlon Brando’s Jor-El appeared to Christopher Reeve’s Supes in the original films. It looks like he’s really in the flesh, talking to his son in person. So is he alive? And, if so, how did he escape Krypton’s destruction? Or is this just a really, really Hi-Def hologram that only makes it look like he’s appearing in the flesh? Considering that General Zod seems to be the unquestioned ruler of Krypton in Man of Steel — hence why he refers to Superman as one of his “citizens” — and not an exile, it’s possible Snyder is playing around with what we know of the comic books’ mythology. See for yourself! 

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