Christopher Meloni Will Be Playing A General, Not Lex Luthor, In Man Of Steel

By Eric Eisenberg 2011-06-25 15:22:36discussion comments
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Last night it was announced that Christopher Meloni, best known for his roles on Law and Order: Special Victims Unit and Oz, would be joining the cast of Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, the new Superman movie. Though no role was mentioned in the initial report, there was tons of speculation on the internet (from me included) that the actor would play classic villain Lex Luthor. The other idea floating around was that he would be playing Perry White, the editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet, the newspaper where Clark Kent works. Sadly, it looks as though Meloni's role isn't that interesting.

Vulture caught up with the actor - the article doesn't mention if it was before or after last night's announcement, simply saying "earlier this week" - who said that he won't be playing either Luthor or White, but instead will be playing a military general. While he was short on any further details about the character, he did say that he would be working on the film starting at the end of August and would be going to Chicago, Vancouver, and Edwards Air Force Base over the course of the production. The rest of the Man of Steel cast includes Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), and Antje Traue (Faora). Russell Crowe and Julia Ormond are both in talks for the roles of Superman's Kryptonian parents.

This news, of course, has launched a whole new line of speculation, fans now believing that Meloni may be playing General Sam Lane, Lois' father. The problem with this theory is that in order for Meloni to have Adams as a daughter, he would have had to impregnate his wife at age 13. Sure, make-up can be used to perform some incredible tricks nowadays, but it seems like it would be a waste of resources. Speaking of wasting resources, it's a shame that a great actor like Meloni isn't getting a better gig.
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