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Man of Steel Rumor: Lex Luthor is definitely in the movie, and has a connection to Smallville

Mar. 28, 2013by:

Why do I care so much about these Lex Luthor rumors? Probably because he's one of my favorite characters in the DC Universe. I mean, have you guys ever read Lex Luthor: Man of Steel by Brian Azzarello? That's a terrific storyline, and takes away from the cheesiness that Luthor has been subjected to over the years. Apparently the character is getting the same treatment in MAN OF STEEL.

According to Harry Knowles over at AICN, Lex Luthor is definitely going to be in the film:

Lots of people have been wondering if LEX LUTHOR was going to be in MAN OF STEEL. The answer is apparently a very loud YES. Not only that the tone that Nolan/Goyer/Snyder are going for with the character is not the silly goofy Hackman Luthor... But an ambitious, ego driven and cold version of Luthor."

They also have news from the same source, who is said to be a person in the industry going by the name Indiana Smith, that a certain someone who has already played Lex is playing him again.

I'm going to advise this as a spoiler just in case you don't want to know, so.....SPOILERS BELOW!

Knowles says the name he was given is Mackenzie Gray. I will be honest. When I first read the name, I didn't recognize it. Then when his name was attached to SMALLVILLE, it was time to do a little more research. Gray played a Luthor clone on the series. When you look at him, you don't see the character, or at least I didn't (maybe a quick Google search will change your mind). They also uncovered video of Gray talking about playing a role in MAN OF STEEL, but he does know say what the role is. WHAT DOES IT ALL MEAN? The video is below, skip to the 1:00 mark.

Source: AICN

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1:27AM on 04/01/2013

True or not--DUDE...SPOILER WARNING NEXT TIME--

--jeez...I love reading the spoilers-- but only if i decide to look behind the curtain myself. Your headline just threw it out there and Im sure at least SOME people would appreciate having the choice to spoil the news or not-- just saying...
--jeez...I love reading the spoilers-- but only if i decide to look behind the curtain myself. Your headline just threw it out there and Im sure at least SOME people would appreciate having the choice to spoil the news or not-- just saying...
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7:22PM on 03/29/2013

Hate to be the bearer of bad news, but...

I know for a fact Luthor is NOT in this movie. Had it confirmed by a friend who's worked on it and seen the final product. The guy he's playing is a scientist working for Zod, not Luthor.
I know for a fact Luthor is NOT in this movie. Had it confirmed by a friend who's worked on it and seen the final product. The guy he's playing is a scientist working for Zod, not Luthor.
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1:34PM on 03/30/2013
I hope you're right. I would like to see Luthor as a part of the universe they are building, but casting an unknown doesn't do the character justice. You need someone with some gravity to project that he could be a threat to the most powerful being in the universe.
I hope you're right. I would like to see Luthor as a part of the universe they are building, but casting an unknown doesn't do the character justice. You need someone with some gravity to project that he could be a threat to the most powerful being in the universe.
1:37AM on 04/01/2013
That seems much more plausible to me, choice wise... not that I wouldn't love to see Luthor introduced already, but I would certainly think that they would pick an actor with much more gravity to play him-- no offense to Gray, just not my choice for Luthor in a feature film. ( even though, Ive been surprised by actors before--which I hope is the case for Lois...as much as I like the actress they did choose, she would not have been my choice for that either--but Im willing to be proven wrong:)
That seems much more plausible to me, choice wise... not that I wouldn't love to see Luthor introduced already, but I would certainly think that they would pick an actor with much more gravity to play him-- no offense to Gray, just not my choice for Luthor in a feature film. ( even though, Ive been surprised by actors before--which I hope is the case for Lois...as much as I like the actress they did choose, she would not have been my choice for that either--but Im willing to be proven wrong:)
7:01PM on 03/29/2013

Vote Lex

I am glad that Lex Luthor is back in MAN OF STEEL, would be nice to see him in a different light
I am glad that Lex Luthor is back in MAN OF STEEL, would be nice to see him in a different light
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3:29PM on 03/29/2013

As long as it isnt bruce willis for the role

Because he looks the part, and Willis is becoming the cameo king. Except for a few movies Willis doesnt seem to care about his projects anymore, sorry for this Willis rant, just dont like what he's doing. Nice to see Lex luthor will be part of the new superman movie even if its a very small role.
Because he looks the part, and Willis is becoming the cameo king. Except for a few movies Willis doesnt seem to care about his projects anymore, sorry for this Willis rant, just dont like what he's doing. Nice to see Lex luthor will be part of the new superman movie even if its a very small role.
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2:45PM on 03/29/2013
Was anybody else avoiding those stories that said "Massive Man of Steel Plot Point Revealed" on other websites like I was so that they wouldn't see the details? Then BOOM! there it is in the headline of Joblo. Double-damn. Sucks a duck. Now I'm expecting this.
Was anybody else avoiding those stories that said "Massive Man of Steel Plot Point Revealed" on other websites like I was so that they wouldn't see the details? Then BOOM! there it is in the headline of Joblo. Double-damn. Sucks a duck. Now I'm expecting this.
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11:16AM on 03/29/2013
Bitch stewie luthor will be playing the real luthor now. Don't see it.
Bitch stewie luthor will be playing the real luthor now. Don't see it.
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8:45AM on 03/29/2013
Anyone else a bit perturbed by Mr. ,speak of myself in the 3rd person, Knowles comments about Hackman? Hackman played a great Luthor.
Anyone else a bit perturbed by Mr. ,speak of myself in the 3rd person, Knowles comments about Hackman? Hackman played a great Luthor.
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12:01PM on 03/29/2013
Hackman played the character written for him fantastically. But Harry is saying that it wasn't a proper Luthor. Plenty agree w him.....
Hackman played the character written for him fantastically. But Harry is saying that it wasn't a proper Luthor. Plenty agree w him.....
1:32AM on 04/01/2013
Hackman DID play a great Luthor, I agree... in the first film. Not his fault that the other films scripts were the way that they were-- Hackman deserved much better.
Hackman DID play a great Luthor, I agree... in the first film. Not his fault that the other films scripts were the way that they were-- Hackman deserved much better.
8:36AM on 03/29/2013
My God can this film needs to come out already! I'm tired of waiting!
My God can this film needs to come out already! I'm tired of waiting!
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8:33AM on 03/29/2013
My God can this film needs to come out already! I'm tired of waiting!
My God can this film needs to come out already! I'm tired of waiting!
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8:00AM on 03/29/2013

Yes

I'm glad they are going to include him, or atleast he will have some sort of cameo, Lex would have to be the next villian (with a Metallo or someone else) hope they end up making him run/become president at some point, making him untouchable to superman
I'm glad they are going to include him, or atleast he will have some sort of cameo, Lex would have to be the next villian (with a Metallo or someone else) hope they end up making him run/become president at some point, making him untouchable to superman
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5:51AM on 03/29/2013
i bet you that there won't be any face shots of lex in man of steel, just a view of the back of the head. I'm sorry but i can't see this guy carry off Lex Luthor for an entire movie. Besides the Man of Steel won't be about Lex Luthor, he will be a glimpse to the next movie, probably shown at the end or during the credits.
i bet you that there won't be any face shots of lex in man of steel, just a view of the back of the head. I'm sorry but i can't see this guy carry off Lex Luthor for an entire movie. Besides the Man of Steel won't be about Lex Luthor, he will be a glimpse to the next movie, probably shown at the end or during the credits.
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4:08AM on 03/29/2013

Bradley Cooper

I am sure I heard something about Bradley Cooper showing up in Man of Steel as Luthor? Did I dream this because I remember being really annoyed but he has grown on me in the past 6 months so I became okay with it. Have a made this up?
I am sure I heard something about Bradley Cooper showing up in Man of Steel as Luthor? Did I dream this because I remember being really annoyed but he has grown on me in the past 6 months so I became okay with it. Have a made this up?
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1:59AM on 03/29/2013
I know it could never happen, but for me personally I would love to have seen Michael Rosenbaum reprise Lex Luthor again, but obviously due to Smallville he never can because it would be too confusing. The guy played Luthor perfectly on Smallville and was one of the better parts, if not the best part of the show.

I'm sure whoever they pick to play Luthor in this film will be just fine though.
I know it could never happen, but for me personally I would love to have seen Michael Rosenbaum reprise Lex Luthor again, but obviously due to Smallville he never can because it would be too confusing. The guy played Luthor perfectly on Smallville and was one of the better parts, if not the best part of the show.

I'm sure whoever they pick to play Luthor in this film will be just fine though.
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12:44PM on 03/29/2013
That sounds like a good idea if only to see him actually portray the Lex Luthor of legend. He portrayed Lex great but for the most part he portrayed a tragic hero. They backpedaled his total descent into villainy like crazy on that show. Would love to a full movie of Rosenbaum acting as the cold Lex determined to destroy Supes.
That sounds like a good idea if only to see him actually portray the Lex Luthor of legend. He portrayed Lex great but for the most part he portrayed a tragic hero. They backpedaled his total descent into villainy like crazy on that show. Would love to a full movie of Rosenbaum acting as the cold Lex determined to destroy Supes.
12:24AM on 03/29/2013
I always figured they'd go with a big name for Luthor, but if they're following Azzarello's lead, it could turn out great. Luthor should absolutely be ambitious, cold and ego-driven. Looking forward to seeing if this turns out to be true or not.
I always figured they'd go with a big name for Luthor, but if they're following Azzarello's lead, it could turn out great. Luthor should absolutely be ambitious, cold and ego-driven. Looking forward to seeing if this turns out to be true or not.
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11:38PM on 03/28/2013
Never heard of this guy. While I think it's cool that Luthor might show up in the film I don't think the casting is going to get anyone all that excited. I understand that every actor was unknown at some point, but it seems like-- with everything DC has riding on MOS-- they would put a name actor in the role. However, with Cavill also being largely unknown maybe they wanted to avoid the previous paradigm (Superman/unknown, Luthor/big star). An unknown doesn't bring any baggage to the role so
Never heard of this guy. While I think it's cool that Luthor might show up in the film I don't think the casting is going to get anyone all that excited. I understand that every actor was unknown at some point, but it seems like-- with everything DC has riding on MOS-- they would put a name actor in the role. However, with Cavill also being largely unknown maybe they wanted to avoid the previous paradigm (Superman/unknown, Luthor/big star). An unknown doesn't bring any baggage to the role so maybe he could shock everyone with his take on the character.
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10:36PM on 03/28/2013
Azzarello's Lex Luthor: Man of Steel is incredible. if this film (or the next) can go in that direction with Luthor, it will be splendid!
Azzarello's Lex Luthor: Man of Steel is incredible. if this film (or the next) can go in that direction with Luthor, it will be splendid!
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