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Christopher Nolan’s MAN OF STEEL production his done a great job so far in keeping the major plot details and any revelations top secret. Despite a perfectly sombre teaser and a jaw-dropping full trailer, we’ve still yet to know much about Superman’s return to the big-screen via director Zack Snyder’s origin reboot. Well, other than knowing Kal-El (Henry Cavill) will be doing his best to stop fellow Kryptonian, General Zod (Michael Shannon), from destroying our planet that he’s now made his home.
While Zod has always been a key mischief maker in both comics, television and film, many fans have been wondering if Clark Kent’s balding nemisis, Lex Luthor could feature somewhere in MAN OF STEEL. While many suggest his presence would be felt in much the same way as Norman Osborne in Marc Webb’s THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (setting up his appearance in a future sequel), screenwriter David Goyer hinted earlier in the week that:
A little more digging by the folks over at AICN, citing sources close to the production, are claiming there is a third act reveal of Luthor in the upcoming film. They’re also saying it’s closer to Nolan’s THE DARK KNIGHT world as opposed to the comedic spirit of Gene Hackman’s portrayal - “an ambitious, ego driven and cold version of Luthor”.
So who is rumoured to be taking on the role? Canadian veteran televison, film and theatre actor, Mackenzie Gray, is apparently the name being touted. Which is surprising given that he’s previously played a clone of Luthor in WB’s long-running series, SMALLVILLE. Gray is definitely in the film but we’ve no word on the role he’ll take and from the videoed interview below, he’s not willing to spill the beans.
Would Warner Bros. be willing to risk a seasoned professional, yet relative unknown talent in such an iconic role as Luther? We’ve a feeling he could well fit the bill but perhaps he’ll be kept in the shadows to give the studio the option to cast a bigger star in the future. Then again, that Bradley Cooper rumour from a year or so ago could well be right.
Whatever the truth, we’ll find out when MAN OF STEEL is released on the 14th July. Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Laurence Fishburne and Christopher Meloni co-star.