When we think of Superman, we often think of the iconic characters associated with him and his stories. There is, of course, Lois Lane: the journalist who stole his heart and the woman he is always rushing to save. Yet, aside from Lois, who is the next most recognizable Superman character? Why, none other than Lex Luthor, of course. Luthor is the polar opposite to Clark Kent and Superman: he is the definitive super-villain. With limitless amounts of cash at his disposal and an obsession with destroying the "Man of Steel," the character is an icon in comics. So it was something of a surprise when there was no real mention made in regards to whether or not he would appear in the Man of Steel movie.
The film, which will reboot the Superman film franchise for Warner Brothers has actor Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire) playing General Zod, but what about Lex? Will he make an appearance at all? Will we see any mention of the character in the upcoming film? According to the film's screenwriter David Goyer (The Dark Knight Rises), there is still a chance we'll be seeing Superman's most recognizable adversary. Sort of. In a recent interview with I Am Rogue, Goyer revealed that there was never any confirmation or denial in regards to Luthor's appearance in the upcoming movie. When asked about what led to the decision to "exclude the character" from the film, Goyer responded by saying that they never actually confirmed or denied anything.
"I don’t think anyone has ever confirmed that we haven’t included him."
Well that's quite the interesting revelation, isn't it? So if he is going to make an appearance, what will it be like? Will it be a mere mention of the character's existence on film, or will it be more in depth? You might recall that last year it was rumored that actor Bradley Cooper (Silver Linings Playbook) had landed the role of Luthor for the film, but that rumor has since died down quite a bit. So will it be Cooper? Will it be a mere mention? A simple cameo appearance? It will be interesting to see. Would having Luthor in the film be a good idea, or would it be an overload of adversaries for the first Superman film in years? What do you think?