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Is Lex Luthor In Man Of Steel After All?

Lex Luthor has been an integral part of Superman’s on-screen legacy, played by the brilliant Gene Hackman in Richard Donner’s two films, then re-imagined by Kevin Spacey in Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns. And yet, fans wanting the Man of Steel to go in a different direction probably were happy to learn that Lex wouldn’t be part of Zack Snyder’s planned Man of Steel, meaning another villain would get the chance to shine.

But who ever said Lex Luthor wasn’t 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 Superman’s story. But instead of explaining why, Goyer threw the journalist – and the Internet – a curveball.

“I don’t think anyone has every confirmed that we haven’t included him,” Goyer said.

Instead of then following up with a question asking Goyer to confirm, the site lets him off the hook. Why?! So we’re left to guess: Is Lex Luthor going to be in Man of Steel? The movie’s IMDB page doesn’t 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 that’s 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. We’ll find out soon enough. Man of Steel opens in theaters on June 14, with Henry Cavill in Superman’s tights. Here’s the latest trailer. Scan the backgrounds for Luthor’s bald head.

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Sean O'Connell
Sean O'Connell

Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. He's frequently found on Twitter at @Sean_OConnell. ReelBlend cohost. A movie junkie who's Infatuated with comic-book films. Helped get the Snyder Cut released, then wrote a book about it.