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Major 'Man Of Steel' Rumor/Spoiler Looks Like It Might Be True

by Kevin Jagernauth
March 28, 2013 10:57 PM
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We shouldn't have to tell you, but fair warning and don't cry if you keep on reading past this: there will be major spoilers below. If you don't want "Man Of Steel" ruined for the love of God stop reading right here.

With that preamble out of the way, it just a day or so ago that writer David S. Goyer was deflecting questions about whether or not a female version of Jimmy Olsen or baddie Lex Luthor would be appearing in the Christopher Nolan produced, Zack Snyder directed "Man Of Steel." He would neither confirm nor deny, so of course, that just set the geeks to dig harder, and over at AICN, it seems they've put together the puzzle pieces that indeed seem to reveal that Lex Luthor will have some kind of appearance in the Superman movie.

After reaching out through official channels and being greeted by the expected silence, the site went to their camp of various sources and were given the name Mackenzie Gray as the man playing the bald headed baddie. Dedicated fans might already know he played Dr. Alistair Kreig on "Smallville," and in season ten, a Lex Luthor clone. So maybe a bit of misinformation or crossed wires? Perhaps, but then they dug up this video of Gray himself confirming he's in the movie, though he had to stay completely silent on his role. (Starts at the one minute mark).

And this won't be any mere cameo. Luthor will reportedly be "ambitious, ego driven and cold" with the AICN source saying the role is "substantial." Hmm... The pieces seem to fit, and it certainly wouldn't be the first time Camp Nolan has played very coy and silent regarding a major villain (see Miranda Tate in "The Dark Knight Rises" -- though, that intel was ferreted out pretty early on).

Too good to be true? The real deal? We'll find out when "Man Of Steel" kneels before fanboys on June 14th.

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  • Laura Talbot | June 14, 2013 4:35 PMReply

    Your Comment I am tired of reboots.I have seen the Superman origin several times already.Enough is enough.I was looking forward to another S. film with Brandon Routh he exuded and personified Clark/Superman.Very charming.

  • nihal bhat | April 29, 2013 7:55 AMReply

    bullshit. luthor is not in the movie at all. they have to cast a known actor. i would suggest denzel

  • Alan B | April 29, 2013 9:51 AM

    Washington would be a great choice if the filmmakers decide to go for a middle-aged Lex Luthor. On the screen and off, Washington seems like a super-competent guy that doesn't suffer fools or idiotic questions. In this respect, Washington could exude the charm, intelligence, magnetism and arrogance necessary for the billionaire industrialist and supervillain. Unlike many stars of his ilk, he hasn't played a villain too often, either. I can't think of a better choice, and - if I hear another fanboy complaint about his ethnicity - I will lose it. I also think - and this might sound crazy - that Tom Cruise would also be an excellent choice. Not only can he project the qualities necessary for the sociopathic villain (as seen in 'Magnolia', 'Interview with the Vampire', 'Collateral' etc.), but the choice could also make for an effective meta-casting, playing on Cruise's off-screen persona as Type-A businessman with extraordinary control over his 'brand'. Lex Luthor needs to be a credible threat to Superman, and both actors could project the entitlement of those used to hearing what they want to hear.

  • Matthew | March 31, 2013 9:11 PMReply

    I think Mackenzie actually did a great job at portraying an older, "wiser", and slightly more insane Lex Luthor in the form of the Luthor clone. He felt very much like the older and completely pure evil Lex of the comics.

    However I wonder if camp Nolan/Snyder will cast an actor who is a bit more well-known like Daniel Day Lewis, or even an actor who is up-and-coming and doing very well so far in his career, the way Ledger was when he was cast as The Joker. Just some thoughts...

  • mo c | March 30, 2013 7:18 AMReply

    I concur with Alan B. As much as I loved smallville...that Mackenzie dude sucked and the thought of him playing Lex Luthor in the Man of Steel actually makes me a little sick. I cant believe this will happen. It doesnt make sense.

  • Good Movies Bad Movies | March 29, 2013 10:44 PMReply

    Machenzie Gray's friend who is pictured, confirms he has 'a big role':

  • Jujuebee | March 29, 2013 8:03 PMReply

    I don't buy this for a minute, but at least Mackenzie Gray an actor few people know of gets some attention.

  • DARYL HANNAH | March 29, 2013 10:57 AMReply

    This asshole is playing Luthor in silhouette only a la Moriarty in Sherlock 1 and whatever the hell that was supposed to be after the credits of Amazing Spider-man. Placeholder for Bradley Cooper.

  • Will | March 29, 2013 10:26 AMReply

    Lex Luthor might be a villain in a Superman film? I'm stunned...

  • bapi | March 29, 2013 8:05 AMReply

    Why people believe AICN and similar shite sites like LatinoReview?! They were big 7 or 8 years ago but now when you want scoops you have to visit Deadline or THR and those fanboy websites have to write 'A+' reviews for movies like G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

  • Vish Gos | March 29, 2013 4:12 AMReply

    Nolan/Snyder will never allow actors doing previous incarnations of the character (especially in something like a TV Series) to be repeated in their films.

    Days back at Screen Rant, a guy whose brother's working on the Man of Steel sets for WB released several spoilers along with the news that Snyder's toiling hard to roll out his 3rd trailer next month in a fitting manner. The spoilers speak of not only Lex Luthor, but big baddies like Brainiac, supposedly Metallo and the coveted Kryptonite, all ready to make their presence in Man of Steel.

    1) Luthor: Lex Luthor will only be mentioned and is likely to be the primary antagonist for Man of Steel 2 and his corporation LexCorp will be in fully operational in the movie.
    2) Metallo: Metallo's name won't be mentioned but a USAF Pilot will be subjected to cybernetic experiments (possibly with Kryptonite) under the initiative of LexCorp in Man of Steel. This will pave the way for Metallo's birth in the sequel, possibly making him Luthor's key offense against Superman in Man of Steel 2.
    3) Brainiac: Brainiac will be mentioned in Man of Steel, somewhere between Krypton's flashbacks. Brainiac's character will develop in the subsequent sequels as a background character before he's likely to be the primary antagonist in Man of Steel 3.
    4) Kryptonite: Kryptonite is present in Man of Steel and will mostly arrive on Earth in the form of from the explosion that shattered Krypton and brought Superman's spacecraft to Earth.

    Expect the following villain roster:
    Man of Steel: General Zod + Faora + Tor-An
    Man of Steel 2: Lex Luthor + Metallo
    Man of Steel 3: Brainiac + ???

  • Scum | March 29, 2013 12:22 AMReply

    Idiots wait till the move comes out before u bitch.

  • Thislalife | March 28, 2013 11:59 PMReply

    Who cares, DC is just chasing Marvel at this point. There Nolan worship will prove not worth it

  • Rowena | March 28, 2013 11:43 PMReply

    Henry Cavill is going to be a disaster. I mean, just look at the guy. :(((((((

  • Alan B | March 28, 2013 11:18 PMReply

    So, the filmmakers would cast an Oscar winner as Superman's father, an Oscar winner as Superman's surrogate father, an Oscar nominee as his surrogate mother, an Oscar nominee as his girlfriend, an Oscar nominee as his boss, an Oscar nominee as the villain ... and a guy from 'Smallville' as Superman's GREATEST ENEMY?

  • Matt | April 17, 2013 5:49 PM

    And the award for most the insightful, rational trifecta of posts to ever lampoon "Fanboy/Geek/Absurd Internet Speculation" goes to you, sir. Kudos and slow claps.

    In this race for 'scoops' these sites and readers forgo any kind of common sense and/or rationality, failing to stop and think of the plausibility of such 'news.' LatinoReview, AICN, countless others post a scoop headline in big bold letters, advise you take it with a grain of salt, and then post the headline debunking it right under in bigger letters.

    Like the rest of the world, I've never heard of this guy Grey. And that does not mix well when we are talking about the studio's new tentpole franchise players main baddie.

  • Alan B | March 29, 2013 11:02 AM

    Oh, and whilst talking about Lex in the new movies, what the hell is with fanboy casting? It is at best unimaginative, and - at worst - an insult to your intelligence. It's either a guy that happens to be bald (Billy Zane, Mark Strong, Stanley Tucci), a TV actor no one gives a shit about (Michael C. Hall, Michael Rosenbaum) or an actor who's played a villain before, in some cases many times (Tom Hardy, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs). How about some frickin' imagination? They could think of ANYONE and they scream the name of their God, Billy Zane.

  • Alan B | March 29, 2013 10:27 AM

    *impatient sigh* I am arguing that the filmmakers WOULD cast an Oscar nominee or winner. That's the argument. If you have a problem with the argument, then please ADDRESS THE ARGUMENT, not your listless misinterpretation of it. Let me make this clear: Warner Bros. would NEVER cast a bit-part television actor as Lex Luthor. NEVER. The studio needs to build some buzz around any sequels, of which Luthor would obviously play a huge part. Therefore, the actor needs to create instant recognition to the audience, who would see a poster with his face and think, "Oh, there's a new Superman film, eh? And is that Lex Luthor? I didn't know Denzel Washington/Joaquin Phoenix/George Clooney/Ryan Gosling/Bradley Cooper/Jon Hamm was playing Lex. Sounds cool." That's it. These names might not all be box office draws on their own (like Heath Ledger), but they could stimulate excitement from general moviegoers, and still be interesting choices on a creative level, too. And I should have added: the choice doesn't HAVE TO be a Oscar nominee ala Hamm. However, their careers need to be on the rise and generate some kind of buzz from bloggers and the film community: for instance, Tom Hardy was coming off 'Inception' and been cast as Mad Max when he landed the role of Bane. He was labeled an 'exciting' young actor. The middle-aged Mackenzie Gray generates ZERO excitement to ANYONE except for 'Smallville' fans still pitching for Tom Welling to play Supes. Everyone would ask, "who?" And then, when told that he played Lex before, "oh, I didn't watch 'Smallville'. Do I need to have seen that to watch this latest film?" It creates unnecessary confusion for a film designed to create as much inclusivity as possible. You've got an actor that critics don't know, producers don't know, audiences don't know, journalists don't know, most fanboys don't know. Why would Warner Bros. spend all this money in getting Oscar winners and nominees and then cheap out with Superman's most famous nemesis? WHY? And Bateman0326, you're accidentally unfunny comment is misguided on so many levels that it beggars belief: most significantly, don't you know that there should be a space between the ellipsis and the last word of the sentence? Bateman0326, please do not comment unless you've read (and, equally as important, UNDERSTOOD) my argument: it's tiresome having to communicate with someone who doesn't understand a simple contention.

  • Bateman0326 | March 29, 2013 7:48 AM

    Yeah because casting Kevin Spacey worked out extremely great last time...

  • Alan B | March 29, 2013 1:56 AM

    Yeah, that's not the point. At all. The point isn't whether or not Mackenzie Gray(?) is the best person possible for the job, it's whether or not anyone would cast Gray for the film version. There are plenty of great unknown actors, but casting said actors would be inappropriate for such a role. Cavill makes sense as Superman because the character itself is an icon of popular culture and you wouldn't want a star to get in the way of the character. However, Lex - like the Joker - is the hero's greatest nemesis. After you've cast a series of names for the supporting cast, you can't get a guy that only 'Smallville' fans give a shit about as Lex. It's a let down. The filmmakers would cast a name as Lex Luthor that justifies the importance of the character, and Gray isn't it.

  • Chris P. Bacon | March 29, 2013 12:07 AM

    At various points none of those actors had Oscars or Oscar nominations -- were they inadequate *then*?

    I saw Mr. Gray in in that Smallville episode. He was very capable as a creepy clone of Lex Luthor. It wouldn't be the worst thing in the world if he plays the true character in Man of Steel.

  • serpico | March 28, 2013 11:10 PMReply

    Yeah yeah who cares. We need more footage of Mike Shannon.

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