Mark Strong Wanted as Lex Luthor in ‘Man of Steel 2’!

Shooting is rumored to begin in early 2014, with pre-production possibly starting as early as October of this year.

Mark Strong wanted for Lex Luthor in Man of Steel 2
Mark Strong wanted for Lex Luthor in Man of Steel 2
Man of Steel is a genuine box office hit for Warner Bros., with the studio announcing last week that Man of Steel 2 is already in development and director Zack Snyder will return to helm. Today, insiders close to the production are claiming that Mark Strong is wanted by both Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. as Lex Luthor for this sequel.

It isn't known if the studio has made an offer to Mark Strong just yet, nor has it been confirmed that Lex Luthor will even be the primary villain in this follow-up. However, eagle-eyed viewers who saw Man of Steel in theaters over the past two weeks may have noticed the LexCorp logo on a truck towards the end of the film. Henry Cavill and Amy Adams are expected to return as Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane.

David S. Goyer is currently working on the first draft of the Man of Steel 2 screenplay, with producer Christopher Nolan overseeing the story development. However, a report from last week has revealed that Christopher Nolan's involvement may not be as "full blown" in terms of this sequel, as he focuses his directorial eye on the sci-fi thriller Interstellar.

An unidentified source close to the studio confirms that pre-production will get started between October and December of this year, with principal photography to start in early 2014. This seems to contradict another report from last week, which claimed that Warner Bros. wants to release this sequel in 2014. Could they shoot in January in time to have the movie in theaters by Christmas 2014?

Mark Strong is no stranger to the DC Comics superhero world, having played the villainous Sinestro in 2011's Green Lantern.

Man of Steel was released June 14th, 2013 and stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Antje Traue, Harry Lennix, Richard Schiff. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Sources: Cosmic Book News

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Comments (86)

  1. BrandonHeat

    GET BILLY ZANE!!!!!!!!!

    2 years agoby @brandonheatFlag

  2. Sean

    @comicbookfan What post are you referring to ?

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  3. CBF

    @addictionnonfatel Vern Troyer died, I thought.

    @themoviefanatic Really? Pick up on the sarcasm already, bud.

    2 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  4. Jen de Gruchy

    Billy Zane should play Lex Luthor

    2 years agoby @Jen-de-GruchyFlag

  5. Sean

    @littlerivers He wouldn't be right for that role.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  6. littlerivers

    Michael C. Hall needs to play Lex.

    2 years agoby @littleriversFlag

  7. Sean

    @agentblue At this point I would think that the Green Lantern movie, is a movie that people would want to forget about. Mark Strong would be a good choice for the role of Lex Luthor.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  8. AgentBlue

    He is a good actor but he is already Sinestro in GL and it would confuse people plus I want an oscar winer or nominee for Lex.

    2 years agoby @agentblueFlag

  9. Sean

    @ejk1 I figured you wouldn't believe me. Well, Here's my proof ->movieweb/movie/green-lantern and also

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  10. ejk1

    @justatadmatt I aim to please...

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  11. justatadmatt

    @ejk1 thank you for the morning entertainment.

    2 years agoby @justatadmattFlag

  12. CoreyB

    yeah he is a great actor and plays a great villain...but he was in Green Lantern and if they use the same universe and reynolds returns it would be a little strange. Thats just the fan in me.

    2 years agoby @CoreyBFlag

  13. Brendon Truong


    2 years agoby @Brendon-TruongFlag

  14. John M

    Mark Strong is great, and I would love to see him as Lex Luthor in the Man of Steel sequel.

    2 years agoby @john-mFlag

  15. ejk1

    @themoviefanatic ...I don't believe you.

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  16. Bawnian©-Dexeus

    I think there should be an emotional spectrum for stupid

    2 years agoby @bawnian-dexeusFlag

  17. Sean

    @ejk1 Yes, I am 100% percent positive that Mark Strong played Sinestro in 2011's Green Lantern! Read the fourth name down listed on here where it shows the cast list -> and the fourth name listed on here where it shows the cast list ->movieweb/movie/green-lantern

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  18. ejk1

    @themoviefanatic Are you 100% positive that Mark Strong played Sinestro in 2011's Green Lantern?

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  19. Sean

    @ejk1 Yep, I'm 100% percent sure.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  20. ejk1

    @themoviefanatic Are you sure that Mark Strong was cast as Sinestro in 2011's Green Lantern?

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  21. Sean

    @ejk1 Yes, he was cast as Sinestro in 2011's Green Lantern movie.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  22. ejk1

    @themoviefanatic Are you telling us that Mark Strong was cast as Sinestro in 2011's Green Lantern movie?

    2 years agoby @ejk1Flag

  23. Mr.K

    Strong is perfect for the role. I'm down for this!

    2 years agoby @mr-kFlag

  24. Sean

    @slysnide Yeah, They should cast him in it already! It's going to be kind of weird though seeing him in MOS2 because, they did cast him as another character in another DC movie meaning the Green Lantern movie from 2011.

    2 years agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  25. Richie Adlington

    When I saw this I couldn't help smiling a little, Mark Strong is the perfect actor to play Lex Luthor, however this is both good and bad news as I loved him as Sinestro and even though I want to see a GL reboot (Would I be hoping too ask to see Nathan Fillion?) I would have liked him to keep the character and be the main villain, a GL about Hal Jordans mentor/friend relationship with Sinestro which eventually degrades until the two friends become sworn enemies would be epic. But after seeing your comment Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor would be risky but in a similar way to Heath Ledger as the Joker, if it paid off it would be one the greatest casting decisions of all time, good shout @ejk1

    2 years agoby @Richie-AdlingtonFlag

  26. slysnide

    Cast him, like today.

    2 years agoby @slysnideFlag

  27. Diaigma

    Bring it on! :D

    2 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  28. bipolarmassive

    How about Vern Troyer of Austin Powers fame?

    2 years agoby @addictionnonfatelFlag

  29. Marc Aces

    !$!@$ Luthor. Make him Brainiac!!

    2 years agoby @Marc-AcesFlag

  30. Zak Lee Ferguson

    This character is a cliched one for audiences, i think this is the most easiest of many bald actors, its based on their leaness and baldness, its quite pathetic. But he is a strong actor as such

    2 years agoby @Zak-Lee-FergusonFlag

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