Rumor Patrol: Denzel Washington as Lex Luthor; ‘Justice League’ of Nations

Published 1 year ago by , Updated December 6th, 2013 at 9:41 am,


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Justice League of Earth Rumor Patrol: Denzel Washington as Lex Luthor; Justice League of Nations

The other big rumor from Thinkmcflythink is that the Justice League in the Justice League movie will be a “United Nations of Superheroes [...], with Superman [representing] the world as a whole (being an immigrant of Earth, he speaks for everyone), Batman [representing] the United States [...], the Flash possibly portrayed by a Hispanic or Latino actor, and [...] Wonder Woman [being] played by an Israeli.

Obviously, there are a few interesting things going on in this rumor. The thing that gives it the most credence is that David Goyer actually wrote a pretty controversial (non-canon) comic book in 2011 where Superman renounced his American citizenship as a result of the 2009 Iranian protests and became a citizen of the world. (It was a bit heavy-handed, to say the least.)

Realistically, it’s doubtful that the rest of the planet – and the other superheroes on the UN version of the Justice League – would be cool with two heroes born and raised in the U.S. of A being on the team. As objective as Superman would surely be, his nigh-on invincible power and connection to the U.S. would likely cast doubt on his impartiality from an outside perspective. Furthermore, is Warner Bros. really going to change every Justice League member’s origin except for Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman? As an Amazon who hails from the mythical island nation of Themyscira, it makes sense that Wonder Woman would be played by someone not from the United States. You can even argue that it makes sense for the half-Atlantean Aquaman, though in the comics, he actually grew up in Maine.

Justice League International Rumor Patrol: Denzel Washington as Lex Luthor; Justice League of Nations

In fairness, ‘JLI’ is one of the greatest comics of all time.

But what about everyone else? I don’t mind Flash being played by a Latino at all, but it’s a pretty gargantuan departure to change his nationality. Will the same thing be done to Hawkman/woman? Cyborg? Green Lantern? Green Arrow? (Or whoever else ends up being on the team.) Despite being a huge fan of comic books, I’m usually all for changes in big screen adaptations, if it works. However, this all seems pretty gimmicky to me – not that I’m not open to the possibility of it working.

While we should obviously be skeptical about all of this, it is worth noting that the same source of these rumors originally reported that a Gotham Central-inspired TV show was in the works. Of course, that source also indicated that Jonah Nolan – brother to Chris, co-creator of Person of Interest – would produce the show. And while the show itself (centered on a young James Gordon) was eventually confirmed, Nolan’s involvement was sort of (resoundingly) not.

What say you, Screen Ranters? Are you interested in seeing Denzel Washington as Lex Luthor? Do you like the idea of the Justice League being a superhero version of the United Nations? (Maybe they could even call them the “Justice League of Nations. Get it? Get it?) Drop us a line in the comments – though please, do try to be civil.


Man of Steel 2/Batman vs. Superman hits theaters July 17th, 2015. Justice League will doubtlessly hit theaters (relatively) soon after that.The real question is, will we see a big screen version of Darkseid before his knockoffs, Apocalypse and Thanos, appear in X-Men: Apocalypse and The Avengers 3? Only time will tell.

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  1. Yeah, its not like black leaders would be pissed about a White man playing a black role. Or one that was completely made up?

  2. Colin Salmon looks like Lex Luthor, that photo is spot on.

  3. ^-^ Denzel Washington would probably be a great Lex Luthor. My only question has to be, where he would go with it?

    At first I’m thinking ‘Training Day’ style, something in that neighborhood would easily rank with Hackman and Spacey’s Luthors (Spacey was GREAT, regardless of Superman Returns as a whole). But then I think that might be a little to simplistic (Washington is one of those actors who tends to surprise with his choices and yet make it absolutely work, from my perspective). So where ever he might decide to go with it artistically…

    I’d definitely be interested in seeing that interpretation.

    (Also if he took the part, we could start calling “Crimson Tide”, “The Two Luthors”! :D )

  4. Lex Luthor is both Badass and Evil..Who better to cast For African Actor Samuel L Jackson, For Caucasian cast Bryan Crynstan…

    Just no Denzel, nor Billy Zane…Sorry they can’t ACT!

    • The words Denzel and “can’t act” do not belong in the same sentence.

      • +1000

    • I suspect that Marvel’s got a lock on Mr. Jackson for the foreseeable future.

      Besides, I’d like to see that Nick Fury movie.

  5. denzel would be the wiseist choice if lex is going to be black decent. Oh yesss he can act

  6. Just another bad idea in a string of bad ideas.

    I am now completely convinced that Snyder is actively working to run this movie into the ground. First Affleck, then Gadot and now this.

    Just awful.

  7. I really want to see the black Stan Lee make a cameo in an upcoming Marvel movie.

  8. Can anyone remember the Kingpin from Daredevil? Enough Said

  9. Funny how so many are defending characters that are fictional. Smh it’s just a movie, or a comic…it’s not real life smh…If a black actor is cast into a role that has been played by white actors previously then so be it! Smh don’t go see the movie…confine yourself into the deepest darkest hole ever, because you’re being racist!

    • …But why can’t a white actor play a made up character like Black Panther or The Falcon or Luke Cage?! It’s just as racist, actually.

  10. I want to see Michael Rosenbaum as Lex. He did such a great job evolving the character in Smallville, and hey Stan Lee endorsed him as the best Lex Luther. Some racial diversity is great but NOT on major players in the DC and Marvel universe’s. Batman as a black guy or Spiderman as well? Flash as a hispanic or Aquaman as a Asian? It would be hard to accept that the writers truly were understanding of the source material. Some things should just be left alone ;)

    • Or Ryan Reynolds as the Green Lantern….Oh Waitt…

  11. Denzel would be a really awesome casting. Anyone who says otherwise is probably stuck on Mark Strong or Cranston, both of which, while good, would be wrong. Why? The only reason people are picking them is because of their look and or a recent character they portrayed. I want someone proven time and time again, not just a one trick pony or someone that ‘looks like Lex Luthor.’

    I like Denzel. I’ve also thought an outside of the box, but good casting would be Leonardo DiCaprio. He’s a name that never seems to get mentioned and I’m not sure why. I’d love to see him play a TRUE villain and no just a racist one. I really can’t think of any other two that would please me more than these two. I’m sure there are others that could do the job, but these guys are Class A actors.

  12. Denzel Washington would be freaking awesome as Lex Luthor. It’s a good thing that they are trying to switch up the character because having the same interpretation as past incarnations of the character would be boring and dull…been there done that. Denzel is one of the few actors on Earth who could talk down to Superman even though he doesn’t have any superpowers and you would believe it.

    Cranston is a great actor but he is not intimidating at all. Walter White was never intimidating. He was clever and resourceful, but never intimidating. Of the other choices Salmon is not a heavy hitter on the big screen. I’ve seen the guy in plenty of stuff and he doesn’t have the gravitas to play a character as huge as Lex in a $200m blockbuster. Elba is a good actor but he is too British and too serious. I also think Lex should be older than Superman because he is someone who has already conquered the world culturally and financially. (eg.Lexicorp satellites in MoS)

    If Denzel were Lex I would reserve my ticket tomorrow.

  13. check out Denzel lost audition at Lex