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Superman vs Lex Luthor... Again

According to Variety, Kevin Spacey will be reprising his role in the next Superman movie, tentatively titled Superman: The Man of Steel (how did I miss that bit of news?).

Now don't get me wrong, I love Spacey as an actor, but I didn't really like his Lex Luthor in Superman Returns. I realize Bryan Singer was trying to pay tribute to the original film, but the thing I disliked in particular in the first Donner film was the stupid humor. So, I didn't really like the borderline campy performance coaxed from Spacey in the recent film.

I might not have minded having Lex in Returns if:

A. There wasn't so much of playing the character for laughs via his role or Parker Posey as Kitty Kowalksi.

B. Lex's motivation hadn't been... drum roll, please: REAL ESTATE. Again.

I'm also less than happy that the same writer who added a bastard child to the Superman mythos (Michael Dougherty) is penning the screenplay for the new film.

Recently there had been news of a delay of production for the sequel due to other commitments on the part of director Bryan Singer, but those were debunked. I'm starting to think it may have been a good thing if those rumors had turned out to be true.

Superman: The Man of Steel has a target release date of June 2009

Thanks to Metal Head for the heads up!

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