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Michael Rosenbaum is the next actor to take a swing at the leading role for Guardians of the Galaxy

Jan. 3, 2013by: Niki Stephens

I'm going to make a bold statement, if it even comes out that way:

Michael Rosenbaum is the best Lex Luthor ever.

There I said it. I can never take it back because it is on the internet for everyone to see. Sure, Kevin Spacey was awesome, but I could see Rosenbaum as Luthor into old age. Rosenbaum is definitely not a stranger to the comic world. He started doing voice acting in 1999's BATMAN BEYOND, and has since done work on JUSTICE LEAGUE, TEEN TITANS, and BATMAN: THE BRAVE AND THE BOLD. So it should be no surprise that he has recently audition for the lead role of Peter Quill in GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY. Oh, and he's good friends with James Gunn. I'm sure Gunn also knows how charismatic that Rosenbaum is. I'd personally like to see the guy in more.

Rosebaum along with half of Hollywood, or so it seems, has tested for this role. Joel Edgerton, Jack Huston, Jim Sturgess, Lee Pace, Eddie Redmayne, and possibly (according to Gunn it's a big "no") Jim Sturgess and Zachary Levi have all taken a crack at it. Rosenbaum announced the audition via his Twitter account:

What do you think about Rosenbaum for the role? Could Michael Rooker test too for the hell of it?

Extra Tidbit: I need ZOE, DUNCAN, JACK AND JANE back in my life.
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6:40AM on 01/04/2013
He truly would be a great choice and I have to agree with you, he is the best Lex Luther I have seen.
He truly would be a great choice and I have to agree with you, he is the best Lex Luther I have seen.
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12:09AM on 01/04/2013

Like him

He is really great but I would love it if they considered him for Flash in JLA because he was so great in the cartoon.
He is really great but I would love it if they considered him for Flash in JLA because he was so great in the cartoon.
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11:59PM on 01/03/2013

He's a GREAT choice!

But if this doesn't work out, I'd really want him in a key villain role in any of the upcoming Marvel or JL movies....He's more than capable and deserve to be an iconic Big Bad in the bigger screen!
But if this doesn't work out, I'd really want him in a key villain role in any of the upcoming Marvel or JL movies....He's more than capable and deserve to be an iconic Big Bad in the bigger screen!
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11:18PM on 01/03/2013
I kinda would want him to audtion for the Flash for JLA movie instead. He's already got the voice and could pull off the rest...maybe.
I kinda would want him to audtion for the Flash for JLA movie instead. He's already got the voice and could pull off the rest...maybe.
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11:35PM on 01/03/2013
He would make a great Flash for Justice League. But I would rather have him headlining Guardians of the Galaxy then just being a supporting character in JL.
He would make a great Flash for Justice League. But I would rather have him headlining Guardians of the Galaxy then just being a supporting character in JL.
2:18AM on 01/04/2013
He was awesome in the Justice League cartoon as the Flash. The episode where he and and Lex Luthor switches brains is classic!

"Aren't you going to wash your hands?"
"No, cause I'm evil."
He was awesome in the Justice League cartoon as the Flash. The episode where he and and Lex Luthor switches brains is classic!

"Aren't you going to wash your hands?"
"No, cause I'm evil."
10:46PM on 01/03/2013

Why the fuck are they announcing each actor who's up for this role?

They don't usually do that. And if they do, it's in post-production, or after the film has come out, when it becomes a piece of legend (e.g. Mickey Rourke turning down Willis' role in Pulp Fiction). I don't like knowing that all these talented actors are going up against each other, because I'll inevitably just end up wondering, "I wonder what Gordon-Levitt could have done with the role instead of so-and-so?" Or vice versa for whoever might end up getting it. I don't know if this makes sense to
They don't usually do that. And if they do, it's in post-production, or after the film has come out, when it becomes a piece of legend (e.g. Mickey Rourke turning down Willis' role in Pulp Fiction). I don't like knowing that all these talented actors are going up against each other, because I'll inevitably just end up wondering, "I wonder what Gordon-Levitt could have done with the role instead of so-and-so?" Or vice versa for whoever might end up getting it. I don't know if this makes sense to anyone else but I kinda just wish they'd all shut the fuck up, cast the role in private and stop it already.
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10:00PM on 01/03/2013
Awesome. Liked him since Sorority Girls. Kind of reminds me of Chevy Chase. He should be Fletch if they ever bring that back.
Awesome. Liked him since Sorority Girls. Kind of reminds me of Chevy Chase. He should be Fletch if they ever bring that back.
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9:50PM on 01/03/2013
I agree with him being the best Lex Luthor. I loved Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey each in their own way but Michael Rosenbaum brought a new level of depth to Lex that allowed you to feel for the guy as a tragic figure rather than just straight bad guy with no morals. it was the little subtleties in his performance that makes him stand out. He was probably the best thing about Smalllville.
I agree with him being the best Lex Luthor. I loved Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey each in their own way but Michael Rosenbaum brought a new level of depth to Lex that allowed you to feel for the guy as a tragic figure rather than just straight bad guy with no morals. it was the little subtleties in his performance that makes him stand out. He was probably the best thing about Smalllville.
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8:34PM on 01/03/2013
WOW HE HAS HAIR
WOW HE HAS HAIR
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8:34PM on 01/03/2013

I like it!

I am a huge fan of Michael Rosenbaum and think he is a pretty good, underrated actor. He was the perfect Lex Luthor on Smallville and his voice work for The Flash for Justice League was great. I would be pretty excited if he were to nab the part. Joseph Gordon Levitt is still my favorite choice so far (if the rumor is true), but if not Levitt then I would definitely want Michael Rosenbaum to get the part. He is unknown and fresh to the general audience but known and familiar to us fanboys and
I am a huge fan of Michael Rosenbaum and think he is a pretty good, underrated actor. He was the perfect Lex Luthor on Smallville and his voice work for The Flash for Justice League was great. I would be pretty excited if he were to nab the part. Joseph Gordon Levitt is still my favorite choice so far (if the rumor is true), but if not Levitt then I would definitely want Michael Rosenbaum to get the part. He is unknown and fresh to the general audience but known and familiar to us fanboys and he has the chops, charisma, and leadership to carry this film. I think it would be a great inspired casting.
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8:33PM on 01/03/2013
he peaked in Poolhall Junkies. snoogins.
he peaked in Poolhall Junkies. snoogins.
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