Man of Steel actor Russell Crowe has spoken about his role playing Jor-El in the new movie.

Speaking to MTV about playing Superman's Kryptonian father, the Gladiator actor said: "It afforded me a wonderful opportunity to put a specific thing in the minds of 14-year-old boys.

"And that is the bravest thing you can do, the most important thing you can ever do, is love."

Crowe is the first actor to tackle the role on the big screen since Marlon Brando in the late 1970s and he’ll star opposite Henry Cavill as Superman with Amy Adams as Lois Lane.

Man of Steel, directed by 300’s Zack Snyder, will be released on June 14, 2013.