Bradley Cooper in Man of Steel? (POTENTIAL SPOILERS)

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Bradley CooperSo yeah, this is totally “out of left field” news, but according to the going rumor on the net this morning, Bradley Cooper is playing Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel”, his rebooted Superman movie staring Henry Cavill as the beefcake illegal intergalactic alien here to save us all from ourselves and assorted bad things we like to do to each other.

POTENTIAL SPOILERS BELOW

The rumor comes courtesy of a site called Cosmic Book News, and yeah, I’ve never heard of it, either. According to the site, they have been sent unverified reports that Cooper will be appearing in Snyder’s movie as Lex Luthor, though it’s only a cameo appearance. As we already know, the main villains of “Man of Steel” is Superman’s fellow Kryptonian refugee, General Zod (Michael Shannon).

Who knows if this is really true, but if it does pan out, I do hope it’s just a cameo. I’m sorry, I know Batman has to have his Joker and Superman has to have his Lex Luthor, but for God’s sake, I really don’t need another Superman vs. Lex Luthor movie. Haven’t we already seen this, what, four times now? Sheesh.

But if Cooper is indeed in the movie, and it is just a cameo appearance (setting up a sequel, no doubt), this would actually be pretty interesting casting. I mean, Lex Luthor as a suave, handsome billionaire with Hollywood movie star good looks? And, you know, not bald? That would be an interesting take on an old, stale villain, no doubt.

Lex Luthor Comic Book

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Author: Nix

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  • Juggernaut

    I really didn’t see this one coming! I can’t see him as Lex but I guess he wouldn’t be a bad choice. IDK. Could be interesting I suppose.

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Just can’t see him bald! He’d definitely be a great arrogant jerk Luthor. Just don’t see him in the role.

  • Lexavi80

    Who knows. I remember in the Lois & Clark Tv show that Lex Luthor was a (fully haired) handsom billionare that became bald later.

    That being said… Cast or not cast, I’m also tired of Superman vs Lex in movies. Supes is more than ready to take on Mongul or Darkseid or Lobo on screen.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Lex is essential in Superman lore. I don’t think he needs to be the villain, or even associated with what’s going on, but he should be around. It’s like Gotham without Gordon.

      • Juggernaut

        Absolutely! Like it or not, he is Superman’s arch enemy. Like you said he should be in the background. I’d have him appear in an after credits stinger. The first film ends with Superman on the verge of becoming Metropolis’ new savior. The screen fades to black and then after the credits roll we’re put into the middle of a catastrophe (I’m thinking fire at a chemical plant or something). Lex watching the carnage from his penthouse with a sly smirk on his face (he is behind it of course). His flat screen has the news reporting the disaster. Suddenly the blaze is extinguished, a blue and red streak shoots up from the site and dissapears in an instant. Lex’s face drops from utter shock. Just then the reporter on the TV live at the site exclaims that a man rescued the workers and extinguished the blaze in an instant and vanished! Lex stares out of the full length window his eyes turning from shock to rage. Menacing music swells. Fade to black.

        • http://www.facebook.com/thebatdwarf Batdwarf

          That makes me horny…

  • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

    Cooper would actually make a decent Metallo. And the fact that he’s such a pretty boy should be a part of the character so that when he loses his humanity it’s a psychological aspect too.

    • Lexavi80

      You just read my mind!

      I was going to suggest that. Bradley Cooper could play a cool Metallo. That’ll be better than Luthor.

      I agree Lex Luthor is part of Superman, however the character has been too used on the silver screen. I’m a fan, but even I am tired of Lex Luthor.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        Hence me saying he should be around but not a focus except when he helps create Metallo for the government, and even then he should just be playing uber businessman.

  • Shazam!

    I could see Cooper pulling off a very good Luthor like the one we see in Superman: Birthright. The character arc we see him play in Limitless I think mirrors pretty well the arc of Luthor going from lonely genius – misunderstood outcast – destroyed but determined – arrogant billionair – heartless villain. All of that requires an energy and cockyness that I think Cooper would play well.

    I also like the idea of keeping Lex around as a facilitator of Superman’s troubles rather than as the main villain. Sort of a Moriarty type character who is pulling the strings but not directly involved until the final act (or film). My problem with how Luthor has been portrayed in the films is that he hasn’t ever really captured the essence of Lex Luthor. In the movies he’s also money obsessed, Luthor in the comics has always viewed money has a dispensible thing he can always (and easily) get more of. If they ever do Luthor again in a film I want to see him oozing with his own superiority and dripping with disdain for a Superman who he knows is better than him.

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

      As long as he doesn’t come up with another goddamn “get rich” land scheme.

      • Shazam!

        But this time he’s going to blow up an island he grew!

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Nix

          That fiendish fiend!

    • Juggernaut

      I agree 100%! The greedy Lex and the mad scientist Lex are boring and passe. I really liked the way that he was portrayed on Smallville. With that superiority complex and distain for Superman because of his obvious inadequacies. Cooper could encapsulate all of those traits very well. First film having him incorporated in a post credits cameo setting up his behind the scenes wheeling and dealing in Metropolis’ underworld then having him become more power hungry and more corrupt while becoming close to Clark and Lois. Then having Clark/ Superman find out that his “Friend” was duping him the entire time and becomes the true arch villain. That would make for a good trilogy while allowing time for the character to breathe and let other villains to take the centeral role in the first two films.

      • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

        I dunno, I really don’t want them to be friends again. It was a great dynamic for Smallville, but I don’t necesarilly want to see that again. I like Luthor as the loner, businessman with the superiority complex and inadequacies though definitely. The biggest is feeling that Superman is taking the attention away from his accomplishments which in his eyes were going to change the world. Definitely love your after credits sequence. I also like the idea of building him into a villain from a morally corrupt business man. Hell it’d be great that by the middle of the third film he’s been ruined because of all the risks he took, and something finally came back to him. He finally just goes nuts and goes after Superman in his suit or something like in “Superman/Batman: Public Enemeis” or “All-Star SUperman.”

        • Juggernaut

          Maybe not :”friends” per se but have Clark not know his full potential of evil. He could just think of him as a slimey corporate raider while secretly having his hands in all kinds of illegal activities. I liked your idea of one of his “buisiness” transactions pushing him over the edge. A slow build of the character throughout a three movie arc could set him up to be the arch villain that he is supposed to be. Throughout the films dealings in his science branch of Lexcorp could bring in the suit and have it be powered by a newly found power source called Kryptonite!

          I did a treatment for a trilogy a while back that is similar to that. I had Superman facing Conduit. Conduit was a member of Bruno Manheim’s crime syndicate. He was hired to take out Superman who had been interfering in their activities. The suit that conduit wore was created by Dr. Emil Hamilton director of Star Labratories advanced mechanics devision. Lex Luthor who had been working with Manheim steals Hamilton’s newest invention and gives it to Braverman (Conduit) to defeat their mutual enemy. After Superman defeats Conduit at the films conclusion. Luthor has the suit stolen from the evidence locker of the MPD and begins to tweak it for his own use. He comes upon a rare piece of Kryptonite in the second film and uses it as the new suit’s power source. Then he finally dons the suit and battles Superman in the third film.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            Yeah that’s a way to go, another is the Metallo route. Switch out Metallo for Conduit. I think he’s a more recognizeable villain and one who could really give Superman a run for his money. Take some aspect of the current New 52 version, some from the comics, and some from the animated series. This would also work into Lex’s disdain for Superman, by him trying to create a “Superman” of his own but not trying to clone him.

  • Ncounter

    [quote=Nix] And, you know, not bald?[/quote]
    Well he was not bald in ‘Lois and Clark’.
    As for Bradley C…i won’t buy it till i see him in action….would be coll if it was visa-versa Shannon would play Lex and Cooper would play Zod)))

    • Juggernaut

      I thought that too! Shannon would make an excellent Luthor!!! My choice for Zod would have been someone a bit gruffer. Don’t really know why but that is how I see Zod. Obviously Terrence Stamp’s performance was great but he was more of a cerebral villain. I liked Callum Blue’s Zod in Smallville too. At least his version had a temper and more of a ferocity. However, I want an intergalactic special forces General!

      • Ncounter

        Yeah! Terrence Stamp had charisma but no millitary style at all, Callum Blue had millitary Style + Charisma but he was more a soldier than a general. Gruffer you say how about Statham…add a bit beardo, a bit more hair and the coolness of the transporter…don’t judge me to hard…they did aquire Crow for the role of Jor-El^-^!!!! Oh and maybe Mikkie Rourke for the role of Non…he was quite good in the Snikers commercial))))

        • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

          Statham is almost too likeable to be the villain. I would’ve actually said Rourke for Zod. He was criminally under used in “Iron Man 2″ and still showed he could be a good, intelligent villain.

          • Shazam!

            I gotta say, I’ve had enough of Rourke – sure he’s got a sad story and it’s nice to see him back on top, but I’ve never been a fan of his acting. My first choice for Zod was actually Russel Crowe – we all know he can play the gruff General role well… but we know that ain’t happening. While I think Cooper could play a very good Luthor, I think someone like John Hamm from Mad Men would be great. He’s physically present and has that look of disdain down pat!

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            I could see Ham in the role, though he’s also pushing it age wise he doesn’t look it. I still say Timothy Olyphant would rock the role. he has the intensity, the look (watch “Hitman”) and is a great actor. He’d bring that very quiet menace to the role.

          • Juggernaut

            @ Ncounter & @Dedpool-
            I could see Rourke and Statham as Zod actually. I’m sure that Shannon will knock it out of the part I just thought that he was an odd choice. Another guy who I’d have liked to see as Lex is Ray Stevenson. I know, I know, he has become a bit of a fanboy regular with roles in Punisher: War Zone, Thor and the upcoming G.I. Joe: Retaliation but he has the look and a presence about him that I think would have been cool in the role.

          • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

            I like him, just not as Lex. Personally he’s to old for such a young Superman. I think there should be about maybe a 10 to 15 year age difference at the most, and Stevenson is pushing 50 with Cavill in his 20s.
            Sent on the go!

  • Ncounter

    Oh what do you guys say if Brian Austin Green was to play Zod and Ralph Fiennes was to play Lex – both very charismatic and quite fit for these roles?

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Green is a moot point, since Zod is already cast, but Fienes would make. Very good Lex. I’d have to say after Olyphant he’d be my choice.

      • Ncounter

        I also thought about Olyphant at some point.))) Yet still i think we should have a different Zod, i’m just not sure what to expect.

  • sunstorm

    he doesnt fit well as lex in my view.. he could be a metallo instead perhaps in sups part 2.. and then introduce lex perhaps even battling sups in his lex robo suit.. show lex born with as a cash cow.. and not stalking old little ladies for their trust funds.. if warner bros can duplicate the lex of dc comics or the black lex in justice league it will be just fine there are candidates to fill that role out there .. there are some actors that has been hinted

  • sunstorm

    he doesnt fit well as lex in my view.. he could be a metallo instead perhaps in sups part 2.. and then introduce lex perhaps even battling sups in his lex robo suit.. show lex born with as a cash cow.. and not stalking old little ladies for their trust funds.. if warner bros can duplicate the lex of dc comics or the black lex in justice league it will be just fine there are candidates to fill that role out there .. there are some actors that has been hinted

    • http://www.beyondhollywood.com/ Dedpool

      Lex wasn’t black in Justice League. He had a slightly darker complexion but was not black like John Henry Irons, Mr. Terrific or the black Vulcan analog they created.
      Sent on the go!

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