About two years ago, it was rumored that director Zack Snyder was auditioning lesser-known actors for the role of Lex Luthor in "Man of Steel." Since then, there has been no news about the Superman villain, which may mean that the character is no longer in the film.
To find out if Lex Luthor will appear in "Man of Steel," AICN now reached out to several of its sources, who are connected to the industry. "The answer is apparently a very loud YES," wrote the site. "The tone that Nolan/Goyer/Snyder are going for with the character is not the silly goofy Hackman Luthor... But an ambitious, ego driven and cold version of Luthor."
The site's sources also revealed that the actor who'll be playing Luthor is Mackenzie Gray (pictured), who played a Luthor clone in "Smallville." It's a bit strange that Snyder would look to "Smallville" to cast Luthor. At the same time, Gray recently did an interview where he confirmed that he'll appear in "Man of Steel," hinting that there is a level of secrecy around his role (watch below, at 1:06 mark).
If MOS is following the same pattern as batman begins, then yes, I do think we'll see some references to The baldy supervillain. But one thing though, that mackenzie guy ain't gonna be Luthor. Mark Strong could pull it off waay better.
- it's the practice of this form of journalism that bugs me so.
This and the constant sh*tty on set pics and the trailers for trailers for trailers.
It just kills all the anticipation and sucks the wonder out. I know, I know. 'Then stop coming here'. But that's like saying close your eyes while driving to avoid the billboards. There's no avoiding the saturation effect.
Deaft0newrites: on March 29th, 2013 at 12:39:23 PM
Yeah but in spite of all the studio foreplay which is getting really stupid now, for Man of Steel alone I was expecting Luthor to appear in **some** capacity.
vincere01writes: on March 29th, 2013 at 12:52:25 PM
What's wrong with bringing spacey back? He is by far the best choice. Considering hackman could die any day now. He did a great job last time and was arguably the only good thing from returns. Get ur head out of your ass warner brothers
Gene Hackman retired from acting in 2004 after his final film appearance in Welcome To Mooseport.
Man of Steel is a reboot of the Superman franchise so Kevin Spacey would not play Lex Luthor again. He played him in Superman Returns because it was intended as a proper 3rd film after Superman II.
minkowskiwrites: on March 29th, 2013 at 1:15:36 PM
Someone actually wrote an article decrying "our spoiler culture"? What the f*ck is that? We've got people dying on the streets, crazy people gunning down entire schools, people starving inside the richest nation ever, and some fat nerd *sshole is writing articles crying about "our spoiler culture"? Really?! He should write a f*cking article on whining petulant pieces of sh*t like himself crying about nothing.
"What's wrong with bringing spacey back?"
He's OLD. Haven't you seen him in House of Cards? OLD. Too old to play the nemesis of Superman, considering they have a contemporaneous back story.
"He is by far the best choice. Considering hackman could die any day now."
Hackman is done with acting and has been for many years.
As for the actual news and article, I don't give a f*ck.
Yeah I know what you mean and Spacey was great as Luthor. He's said many times he has loads of respect for how a character is written and whst the director envisions and he works within that while adding his own spin to all his parts. I have never found fault with any of Spacey's performances so don't think I do.
What I mean is Man of Steel is clearly taking a different direction because it is a reboot. Using Spacey for Lex which is as of now a brief 3rd act appearance would be monumentally distracting and the Smallville/Jagger guy is a more practical choice if he shows up with a few lines.
vincere01writes: on March 29th, 2013 at 6:44:38 PM
@deaft they wouldn't be the first people to reuse an actor in a reboot. And in this case I'd say it could work. Especially if the part was to expand in sequels.
An example in recent memory is how cilian murphy played an uncredited small role as dilingers son in tron legacy. And it is strongly hinted at as him becoming a major bad guy in tron 3. He did a great job as well.
@mink. Sure people are dying. CNN and the ghost of Patrick Swayze are all over it. But I'm a film nerd and i like film nerds writing film nerd articles I relate to.
Champ1432writes: on March 29th, 2013 at 9:13:44 PM
I doubt Luthor will be the main villain in this movie. Or even a villain at all. This is just DC taking another page out of Marvel's book and getting viewers accustomed to a future villain by introducing him right away, but not as a villain. Just like Dr. Connors in Raimi's Spiderman trilogy. Well, assuming they actually had gotten to take that to fruition anyway, which obviously didn't happen.
Luthor is an integral part of Superman's story, so I think it would be a mistake to not have him in at all. I, like many, am tired of seeing him as the main villain constantly though, so hopefully this is just a set-up appearance for something to happen down the road.
sleeknightwrites: on April 2nd, 2013 at 7:59:38 PM
Please bring back Michael Rosenbaum as Lex. Nobody could do it like him.