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!