James Gunn’s “Superman” Finds its Martha Kent in Neva Howell

Superman’s Earth parents have now been established.

Neva Howell has joined the cast of James Gunn’s Superman as Martha Kenta, joining Pruitt Taylor Vince, who was recently cast as Jonathan Kent, The Wrap scoops. Clark Kent’s adoptive parents are now snug as a bug and ready to welcome the infant Kryptonian into their Kansas home.

Howell follows Diane Lane, who most recently played Martha Kent in Zack Snyder’s 2013 film Man of Steel and again in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Before her, Eva Marie Saint played Martha in 2006’s Superman Returns, and then it was Phyllis Thaxter in Richard Donner’s seminal 1978 film Superman.

Gunn’s upcoming Superman is the first feature to come out of the revamped DC Studios under his and Peter Safran’s leadership. It will kick off the first phase of their slate, “Chapter One: Gods and Monsters,” which will unify the DC Universe across feature films, TV, and games. “Chapter 1: Gods and Monsters” will include a TV series set on Wonder Woman’s home island of Themyscira called Paradise Lost, the introduction of a new Batman in The Brave and the Bold, the film Supergirl: Woman of Tomorrow starring Milly Alcock, and Swamp Thing, in development with director James Mangold, which will return the infamous monster to the big screen.

Howell and Taylor Vince have joined an ensemble that includes David Corenswet as Clarke Kent/Superman, Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor, Sara Sampaio as Eve Teschmacher, Edi Gathegi as Mr. Terrific, Skyler Gisondo as Jimmy Olsen, Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho, Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, María Gabriela de Faría as The Engineer, and Gunn’s longtime collaborator Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner.

Howell has a long list of credits to her name, including Steven Soderbergh’s Logan Lucky and Fox’s hospital drama The Resident. 

Superman will fly into theaters, including IMAX, on July 11, 2025.

For more on Superman, check out these stories:

James Gunn’s “Superman” Casts Crucial Role of Jonathan Kent

“Superman” Getting Super-Sized: James Gunn Filming his Man of Steel Pic in IMAX

Nicholas Hoult on Becoming the New Lex Luthor in James Gunn’s “Superman”

The Daily Planet Gets a New Boss: Wendell Pierce Joins James Gunn’s “Superman”


The Credits

The Credits is an online magazine that tells the story behind the story to celebrate our large and diverse creative community. Focusing on profiles of below-the-line filmmakers, The Credits celebrates the often uncelebrated individuals who are indispensable to the films and TV shows we love.