Superman vs Lex Luthor... Again

Is there some law of the universe I'm unaware of that requires Lex Luthor to be present in Every Single Superman Movie?

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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