Michael for Lex in Man of Steel 2
With the sequel to “Man of Steel” already greenlit and entering the planning stages, websites are already publishing their “who should play Lex Luthor” lists (ours is probably coming any day now). One such site is Buzz Focus, whose list got a little bit of a celebrity spotlight.
Yeah, that’s Michael Rosenbaum, the actor who portrayed Lex Luthor on the TV series “Smallville” for seven years. Judging by that tweet, he wouldn’t mind another go at the maniacal mastermind. He even takes a joking shot at fan favorite Luthor, Bryan Cranston, who has shown that he’s capable of unrelenting intensity and villainous focus on his show “Breaking Bad.”
But would Warner Bros. ever entertain the notion of casting Rosenbaum? It would be cool, to see the same actor offer up a different interpretation of the same character, stuffed inside of a new, larger universe. The biggest drawback, though, is that a lot of people wouldn’t be able to separate the “Man of Steel” sequel from “Smallville,” probably leading to a lot of unneeded confusion.
The rest of Buzz Focus’ list is interesting, particularly their inclusion of Jon Hamm and Joaquin Phoenix. Either of those guys would own as Lex Luthor. But let’s not forget the old rumors that Bradley Cooper would shave his head and tussle with Superman. At this point, with “Man of Steel 2” so early in development, anything is possible.