Warner Bros. announced Wednesday that Diane Lane, 46, has signed on to play Martha Kent, the adoptive mother of Clark Kent in the new Superman: Man of Steel, directed by Zack Snyder of Watchmen.

Lane is the first actor to officially join the Superman team since Henry Cavill of The Tudors signed on to play the man of steel himself. "This was a very important piece of casting for me because Martha Kent is the woman whose values helped shape the man we know as Superman," Snyder said in a press release. "We are thrilled to have Diane in the role because she can convey wisdom and the wonder of a woman whose son has powers beyond her imagination."

If you're eager to find out more names in the cast, you will just have to wait. Christopher Nolan, who is producing the film, is famous for playing close to the vest when it comes to details about his movies. Superman: Man of Steel is expected to hit theaters December of 2012. —KIMBERLY STEELE

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