Kevin Costner is soon going to be in one of the biggest movies of the summer blockbuster season when Man of Steel opens next week. He’ll be playing Jonathan Kent, Clark’s father, but there was a time not too long ago when leading man Costner would have been in line for the role of Supes himself.
For an interview with The Huffington Post, Costner spoke about many of his former roles, including those in Bull Durham and The Untouchables. But he also takes a little time to talk about his biggest and most bloated entries into the science fiction genre: Waterworld and The Postman. Both movies, despite their faults, are still really ambitious and moving pieces of fiction that could probably use some hindsight editing, but they’re nowhere near as bad as the initial critical panning would have had you believe.
For Waterworld, Costner had this to say:
I loved making Waterworld. I like that it’s tied into, you know, where you have to use your wits about you. You’re not able to kind of wink — you’re not able to do that. I like living by your wits…But it stands up as a really exotic, cool movie. I mean, it was flawed — for sure. But, overall, it’s a very inventive, cool movie. It’s pretty robust.