by Brett White
In an interview with I Am Rogue, "Man of Steel" screenwriter David Goyer kinda-sorta confirmed/didn't really deny Lex Luthor's involvement in the upcoming Superman reboot. Up until now I've operated under the assumption that General Zod (Michael Shannon) will be the only bad guy Superman scraps with in this summer's film. But when asked about the decision to exclude Superman's most iconic villain from the film, Goyer replied:
"I don’t think anyone has ever confirmed that we haven’t included him."
So no, he didn't flat out confirm the character's involvement, but directors rarely do. As a veteran of the comic book film industry (Goyer has both the "Blade" and "Dark Knight" trilogies under his belt), it's entirely likely that the screenwriter knows that a coy remark like that will send shockwaves through the internet. I'll play right into your hands, Mr. Goyer, especially where Lex Luthor is concerned.
It's been a year since rumors about Bradley Cooper landing the part of Lex Luthor made the rounds. Things have been quiet regarding the character's role in "Man of Steel." Perhaps...too quiet? Cooper would be a great choice for Luthor, so I'm keeping my fingers crossed for that one.
Since debuting in 1940, Luthor has become as essential to Superman as the red cape (I would have said the red shorts, but... ). The character was originally conceived of as a pulp-style mad scientist, but took on the role of a scheming industrialist after the "Crisis On Infinite Earths" event in 1985. Luthor was Superman's primary foe in four previous films between 1978 and 2006, played by Gene Hackman in three films and Kevin Spacey in one. John Shea and Michael Rosenbaum portrayed Lex Luthor for lengthy stints on the television series "The New Adventures of Lois and Clark" and "Smallville," respectively.
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