Two Villains In Man Of Steel: How About Making NEITHER Lex Luthor?

Published 8 years ago by , Updated February 9th, 2012 at 9:34 pm,

superman flying Two Villains In Man Of Steel: How About Making NEITHER Lex Luthor?It’s being reported that one of the co-writers of the Superman Returns sequel Superman: Man of Steel, Michael Dougherty has stated that there will be not one, but two villains in the yet to be made film.


What is it about superhero movies that seems to call out for TWO antagonists? Why isn’t just one bad guy enough? Hello, Spider-Man 3?

Oh sure, multi-villains can work, but as far as I’m concerned just having one gives more opportunity to develop the character in depth, rather than splitting the attention and having one inevitably get the short end of the stick (Hello? Spider-Man 3?)

Of course Superman certainly has enough villains to choose from, but how much would you like to bet that one of the villains will be… come on, you can guess who…

Lex Luthor.

Of course that already seems to be a given. It seems like they can’t get away from Luthor as a villain. Maybe I wouldn’t mind so much if they made him a more nuanced character. I swear if they make real estate his motivation one more time I’m going to lose it.

I’ll tell you right now that after the snoozer that was Superman Returns (yes, I gave it but that was for the 3D Imax version which influenced me quite a bit) I am not really looking forward to the next movie at this point. Of course that could change if Bryan Singer decides to take the next film in a COMPLETELY different direction, but at this point I’m not too hopeful.

Source: Superherohype via Advanced Iron.

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  1. I for one don’t mind if one of the villains is Luthor,and personally think it is good to have him in every Superman film,even if he’s working behind the scenes in the shadows. I would like to see the Joker make some appearance in every Batman film that wsy. But I do however hope that Lex isn’t the main antagonist again. I would hope that when they say 2 villains they mean 2 ones other than Luthor. We should expect Luthor to be there without any mention at all. As far as a movie goes I really hope it is a major improvement over the first,though I don’t see how that’s possible without making it a prequel to Returns,wear there’s no Jason,Richard,or anything else to bog the movie down. Braniac and Metallo would be cool,or Parasite,or just about any other villain than Luthor again. If Lex is back I expect to at least see him in his battle suit if he is going to be a serious threat to Superman.

  2. And multi-villains do work. Check out Batman Begins,3 baddies there,dude!!

  3. “Oh sure, multi-villains can work…”


  4. Lex Luthor is by far one of the worst villains of all time. He is boring. I don’t get what is so attractive about him? He has no super power and basically is just some rich guy that wants to destroy Superman. How about they make a movie with Bizarro Superman?

  5. Dude,as a longtime Superman fan I can tell you,Luthor is definitely not boring. He’s the culmination of every corrupt politician,George Bush,mad scientist,and kingpin. He’s Superman’s archenemy,and he’s human!! You’ve got to be pretty evil in order to be called the most powerful hero in the world’s archenemy and not have any physical advantage over him. Though I’m all for Bizarro,Braniac,or just about anyone else for a Superman movie,dude.

  6. I work at a casting office in nyc and I don’t know anymore than what I am about to type:
    apparently some ‘unknowns’ are being looked at in regards to “MOS”- well one of them garnered the attention from his portrayal of a war vet in some off broadway drama “BOOTS”(I think was the title).
    Thats all I know but if playing a war vet got attention- maybe they are looking at re-visiting General Zod?

  7. I think the writers need to sit back, relax, and actually think of a good story line. What were they thinking? Lex would build a crystal continent and rule this land with his three retarted hench men and bimbo girlfriend. Then after he’s killed most of the world’s pop. he would sell the land to who’s left. Luthor is not supposed to be an idiot like this, or a thug who needs to con an old lady to gain his fortune. As in smallville you actually like lex for his attitude and intelligence. I don’t blame Spacey. I blame the ones who made him do it like this.
    After a long vacation batman came back and delivered everything fans had been expecting.
    Superman writers need to listen to their fans and not produce the same CRAP!! as thirty years ago.