Well, he’s not exactly bald, and doesn’t quite have the screen presence of Gene Hackman, but it looks like Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Superman franchise may have found its ultimate nemesis for Supes—Bradley Cooper as the follicly-challenged genius baddy Lex Luthor. Spoilers ahead!
Last year, it leaked that Luthor was supposed to be a major part of the early drafts of the upcoming Superman film. However, after rewrite after rewrite, Luthor was phased out in favor of General Zod, a Kryptonian tyrant (you know, “KNEEL BEFORE ZOD!” from Superman II). A rumor has begun to circulate, though, that Luthor has wormed his way back into the Man of Steel script in the form of a cameo, which would set up the bald bad guy as a villain for future installments of the franchise.
In the initial drafts of the script, Lex appeared near the end of the film “to force the evil Kryptonians through a Phantom Zone. He then considered doing the same to Superman, but chickened out at the last minute.”
And, it looks as if Snyder has settled on Bradley Cooper to step into the iconic role previously held by Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey (although the less said about Spacey’s hammy portrayal, the better). Let’s just hope he doesn’t mind the bald look.
What do you think of Cooper as Lex Luthor?