It’s been long confirmed that Supes will be facing off against General Zod (or at least a baddie more or less based off Zod) in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man Of Steel, but now we’re hearing chatter from Ain’t It Cool News that the Last Son of Krypton will also be introduced to his long time nemesis, Lex Luthor.
The assumption seems to be that Luthor will appear in a small, secondary role–establishing himself as a Superman foe to be further explored in Man Of Steel’s most likely inevitable sequel.
Screenwriter David S. Goyer was quoted at /Film saying:
“I don’t think anyone has ever confirmed that we haven’t included him.”
Goyer has also hinted that a second classic Superman villain WILL make an appearance in the film, and since then the rumor mill has been running overtime.
According to the AICN report, relative unknown Mackenzie Gray, who appeared as a Luthor clone on Smallville, will be playing an “ambitious, ego driven and cold version of Luthor”, and he will feature prominently in the film’s finale.
Gray even discusses acting in Man Of Steel in the clip below, starting at approximately 1:10
Obviously, Gray is undisputably IN Man Of Steel, but the precise nature of his role has yet to be determined…and some suspect that this rumor is little more than a calculated piece of self-promotion on Harry Knowles’ part, as he was recently the subject of a THR piece, and apparently is hurting – both in finances and relevance.
As always, time will tell, and we’ll continue to bring you updates as new information becomes available.
Man Of Steel is due to open nationwide on June 14th, 2013.