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Great Caesar's Ghost! While everyone from Hugh Laurie to Ed Harris has been suggested for the role, Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel' has gone with an unconventional (but excellent choice) for the role of The Daily Planet's editor-in-chief Perry White: 'The Matrix' star Laurence Fishburne.
At this point, no one should be at all surprised that an iconic supporting role has been changed to reflect modern diversity (let's face it - comics are chock full o' white people), but we're sure that won't stop people from complaining about it anyway. However, let's really run this down and examine why Fishburne might be a good choice for the role. One, Perry White is essentially "the irascible boss" stereotype, a trope prevalent in all forms of media (see: J Jonah Jameson). If there's anyone out there who can play a stern, gruff, and intimidating boss character, it's Fishburne. From his recent stint as the head of 'CSI' to playing the man-behind-the-man in the 'Matrix' trilogy, he's shown that he's not someone you want to mess with, and that he demands results. Two, all you really need for a great Perry White is the ability to huff and puff and then be surprised when everything works out. Toss in his catchphrase and a scene where he's chewing out some reporters, and you're good to go.
Previously played by Jackie Cooper in the original films, and then Frank Langella in the recent Bryan Singer reboot/homage, Fishburne will take over the role for WB's new revamp of the franchise in what will most likely be nothing more than an extended cameo. So, relax fanboys. There are probably much worse things to worry about (i.e. the director).