Joaquin Phoenix as Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman?


Lex Luthor Comic BookApparently that’s what Warner Bros. is hoping when it comes to the Zack Snyder film. The studio is reportedly looking at Joaquin Phoenix as “Batman vs. Superman’s” big bad, with the actor at the top of the studio’s list to play the villainous Lex Luthor.

Or at least, that’s what Variety is speculating.

The trade only knows that Warner Bros. suits wants Phoenix for a role in the Snyder film, writing that although “sources couldn’t confirm what the role is, it’s believed to be for the main antagonist, which is likely to be Lex Luthor.”

Although Phoenix doesn’t exactly look like your traditional Lex Luthor (re: he’s not bald), who says Luthor has to be bald? That’s a comic book thing. After all, they already swapped Perry White’s race and Jimmy Olsen’s gender, so why not give ol Lex a full head of hair while they’re at it?

And certainly Phoenix as the main bad guy in “Batman vs. Superman” would be more convincing than when Phoenix played the main bad guy in “Gladiator”, where he looked like a kid getting spanked by Russell Crowe’s Maximus.

The Snyder film is set to open in July 17, 2015, with Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Jason Momoa was said to also have an unnamed role in the film.

Joaquin Phoenix in Her (2013) Movie Image

He looks potentially very evil to me.

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  • Kienerman

    i thought they have the breaking bad guy playing Lex?

    • ネイサン

      Far from ever being official.

  • Juggernaut

    Ooooh, good choice! He has that nice guy on the outside with a surley demaeanor underneath down pat and definately has the star power and acting chops to pull it off. Cranston and Strong are a better fit I think but Phoenix could just pull it off.

  • Aegon the Conqueror

    I love how this movie is releasing eight years ago lol!

  • ネイサン

    It’s gonna be the Joker… Mark… My… Words.

    • Juggernaut

      I COULD TOTALLY SEE THAT!!! Makes me think of this pic that I came across a while ago. A mix of Phoenix’s character from The Master with a bit of the clown prince of crime tossed in.

      • ネイサン

        I called it… just wait and see.

  • Dedpool

    He’d be a good fit for Lex. A decent fit for Joker as well. Personally I think he’d make a great Maxwell Lord. I’d love Timothy Olyphant in the role of Lex, or still loving the idea of like Denzel as Luthor! But anways the speculation will continue.

    • LSB

      I too love the idea of Denzel playing Lex. That would be dope.

  • Lexavi80

    I just don’t see this one coming. Phoenix is a very well respected actor, and I don’t see why he would accept a role like this.

    Definably won’t happen.

    • Dedpool

      So wait, you can’t be in a CBM if you’re a well respected actor? Oh no better tell Gary Oldman, Michael Fassbender, Ian McKellan, Patrick Stewart, Jennifer Lawrence, Laurence Fishburne, Liam Neeson, Samuel L Jackson, and all the other well respected actors that have been in CBMs. LOL

      • LSB