mark strong

While we (and the rest of the spoiler-craving world) have been ceaseless ruminating over who, exactly, will play the older and “grizzled” version of Batman/ Bruce Wayne in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel (currently titled Superman Vs. Batman or Batman Vs. Superman), it seems that some other major casting for the film has potentially gone down.  Specifically, for the role of Superman supervillain and arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor.

During a recent interview with Digital Spy (via Coming Soon), actor Mark Strong was asked about the rumors that he may be appearing as Luthor.  While Strong’s response was vague, it was also not a denial, but rather, a knowing tease:  “All I can say is…watch this space.”

Well, OK then.

Luthor was a character whose existence was teased via Easter Eggs in Man of Steel—look closely and you’ll see LexCorp product placement in the film.

As for Strong portraying Luthor—well, while we were really hoping for those Bryan Cranston rumors to be true (let’s face it—no one is better at hairless, egocentric villainy than Bryan Cranston), Strong is a good candidate for the role.  And, as Coming Soon points out, since Strong played Sinestro in the awful 2011 Green Lantern film, his casting as Lex Luthor means that terrible version of the Green Lantern wouldn’t be able to exist in the Man of Steel/ Justice League continuity.  Whew.

What do you think of the news?