Is Lex Luthor In Man Of Steel After All?

By Sean O'Connell 2013-03-26 08:29:54discussion comments
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Lex Luthor has been an integral part of Supermanís on-screen legacy, played by the brilliant Gene Hackman in Richard Donnerís two films, then re-imagined by Kevin Spacey in Bryan Singerís Superman Returns. And yet, fans wanting the Man of Steel to go in a different direction probably were happy to learn that Lex wouldnít be part of Zack Snyderís planned Man of Steel, meaning another villain would get the chance to shine.

But who ever said Lex Luthor wasnít going to be part of Man of Steel?

Screenwriter David Goyer, who conceived his Man of Steel story with Christopher Nolan, sat down for an interview with I Am Rogue and was asked about the decision to leave Lex out of this incarnation of Supermanís story. But instead of explaining why, Goyer threw the journalist Ė and the Internet Ė a curveball.
ďI donít think anyone has every confirmed that we havenít included him,Ē Goyer said.

Instead of then following up with a question asking Goyer to confirm, the site lets him off the hook. Why?! So weíre left to guess: Is Lex Luthor going to be in Man of Steel? The movieís IMDB page doesnít credit an actor as playing Lex in the film. Could the super-villain be part of a post-credits stinger, a tease for the Man of Steel sequel thatís already being discussed?

Lex Luthor is to Superman what The Joker is the Batman. It would be hard to reboot a Superman franchise and NOT find room for Lex at some point. If Goyer and Nolan are following the Dark Knight playbook, they might be saving Luthor for the second film, a la The Dark Knight. Weíll find out soon enough. Man of Steel opens in theaters on June 14, with Henry Cavill in Supermanís tights. Hereís the latest trailer. Scan the backgrounds for Luthorís bald head.



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