James Gunn’s Superman Movie Has Found Its Martha Kent

Meet Superman's mother!

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TheWrap has announced that Neva Howell has been cast as Martha Kent, also known as Ma Kent, in James Gunn’s upcoming Superman movie. The adoptive mother of Superman and wife of Jonathan Kent, Martha Kent will be portrayed by Howell, who steps into a role that has seen several notable portrayals over the years. Pruitt Taylor Vince has been cast as her on-screen husband, Jonathan Kent.

Martha Kent has been a significant character in the Superman saga, previously portrayed by Phyllis Thaxter in the 1978 Superman movie, Eva Marie Saint in 2006’s Superman Returns, and Diane Lane in the DC Extended Universe. Each actress brought a unique interpretation to the role, contributing to Superman’s big screen legacy.

Neva Howell is an actress based in Chattanooga, Tennessee, with a diverse range of roles in her filmography. Her recent credits include performances in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Long Haul, Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky, and the comedy My Fellow Americans.

Since Superman kicked off its production in February, James Gunn has been actively sharing updates and behind-the-scenes glimpses with fans via social media. On February 29, Gunn celebrated the start of filming with a post that not only confirmed the beginning of production but also unveiled the final title of the film, explicitly stating that “Legacy” would no longer serve as its subtitle.

What to expect from James Gunn’s Superman movie

Superman is a much-anticipated project, given that Clark Kent has been an integral part of the DC Universe for over 80 years, with various iterations and adaptations across different media. The movie promises to explore the character’s origins and his struggles to balance his dual identities as Clark and Superman while fighting off villains and saving the world.

Superman is being written and directed by James Gunn. The movie boasts a star-studded cast that includes David Corenswet as Superman, Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific, Nathan Fillion as the Guy Gardner version of Green Lantern, Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho, Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor, and many others.

Superman is currently scheduled to hit theaters on July 11, 2025. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding the future of the DC Universe and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!

Rick Lemoine

Rick Lemoine

Raised on a hearty dose of Marvel and DC comics, Rick combines his love for superheroes with a knack for writing about Hollywood's brightest.