Originally Posted by The_Soloist
Lex Luthor NEEDS to be in this film, but since it is the first one out of most likely three, Luthor should just be in a couple of scenes and should be a background character.
Why? Why does he NEED to be in this film? From what I understand, Lex Luthor wasn't a ubiquitous character until the popularity of the Donner films. So really it was a Superman movie that started the trend of Luthor being everywhere, and a new Superman movie could change that trend.
After The Dark Knight we started seeing Joker's scars in the comic books, I'm sure we could see some changes in Superman canon if the new films are popular enough. Just because a character is completely overused in the comics doesn't mean the movies should do the same.