Superman: Legacy has reportedly set its sights on Nicholas Hoult for the role of Lex Luthor, who per The Hollywood Reporter. Although no formal agreement has been reached, ongoing negotiations suggest a significant casting move in the wake of recent industry developments.
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James Gunn, known for his work on the Guardians of the Galaxy franchise, is both the writer and director of Superman: Legacy, marks the first entry in the new DC Studios universe, a collaboration with producer Peter Safran. The cast includes David Corenswet as Clark Kent/Superman and Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, who both secured their roles in June after an extensive casting process.
Nicholas Hoult’s potential involvement adds an interesting dimension to the superhero narrative, as the actor had not only been a contender for the role of Lex Luthor, but also expressed interest in portraying Superman. In the end, Hoult seems to have found his place as the iconic villain.
Lex Luthor was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and first appeared in Action Comics No. 23 in 1940. He is best known as Superman’s archenemy. He is a highly intelligent and wealthy businessman, often portrayed as the owner of LexCorp. His character is characterized by his brilliant intellect, strategic mind and relentless ambition. Unlike many other comic book villains, Luthor lacks superhuman abilities and instead relies on his scientific genius, technological prowess, and considerable wealth to achieve his goals.