Who Will Be the Villain of the Next ‘Superman’ Film?

Warner Brothers executives want it to be someone - anyone - other than Lex Luthor.

Superman and Lex Luthor go together like Batman and the Joker, so it may come as a surprise that Warner Brothers executives are actively looking to use a villain other than Luthor for the next Superman film project. According to El Mayimbe at Latino Review, the studio is soliciting scripts featuring a new villain from Superman's Rogues Gallery.

Although the studio is listening to pitches, and asking writers to use a different main villain (although it is certainly possible that we could still see Luthor in a minor role), they haven't yet decided on any specific script or villain.

Warner's seems committed to making Superman into as viable a franchise as Batman is, and it is true that the film responsible for re-inventing Batman, Batman Begins, didn't feature any of Batman's most well-known villains. So, maybe focusing on a villain like Braniac, Metallo, Darkseid, Doomsday, the Toyman or General Zod would work well for the film.

It is worth noting that Kevin Spacey, who played Lex Luthor in Superman Returns, has gone on record as saying that he'll be back for the sequel, tentatively titled Superman: The Man of Steel - which seems to contradict this report. Keep reading SuperheroFlix.com and MovieWeb.com for more news about the next Superman film as it becomes available.

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.

Sources: Latino Review

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  1. Alyce (Uh-Lease)

    as long as its something better then what they have done with smallville im all good

    6 years agoby @alyceepoohFlag

  2. legendkiller

    it should be doomsday!!!!

    6 years agoby @legendkillerFlag

  3. Illuminati

    there is NO point in ANY OF THIS! It's all in development hell! I won't read a damn thing till it's off a press release!

    6 years agoby @illuminatiFlag

  4. CBF

    "Superman: The Man of Steel" ~ is this even legit news anymore?!? It seems to me to be just more speculation. Until I hear, "The Next Superman in Development," all I will say to this is what I have been saying each time new speculation of this potential film is posted:


    6 years agoby @comicbookfanFlag

  5. Mmm_mmm

    Steven Hawking as Brainiac

    yes please

    6 years agoby @mmm-mmmFlag

  6. Javen

    It may not fall into place with the comic series, but I am of the opinion that they should create a new villain to square off with the Man of Steel. I would not be against it if they introduced a worthy opponent to play opposite of our hero Superman.

    6 years agoby @javenFlag

  7. double_d

    Just don't screw it up this time.

    6 years agoby @double-dFlag

  8. Diaigma

    Someone who can push him around. Then I'll be happy.

    6 years agoby @diaigmaFlag

  9. darknight2183

    If the film is going to be a reboot then Doomsday wont be in it. Death of Superman should be a seperate series just like how Snyder wants to do The Dark Knight returns. I would love to see Darkseid in a Superman movie. The only thing is I would love to see the other DC comic heroes squared up against him. Darkseid and Braniac could be great villians in the Justice Leauge movie.

    6 years agoby @darknight2183Flag

  10. lovers_and_madmen

    COMRADE.....who said anything about him being like thr transformers??? and i kno he cant b gritty or throw a guy off a building like batman, i dont want that, i just wanna see someone push him to that edge for once in a live action movie, i wanna see the carnage that would come out of a great superman fight, look at cinema today and u'll see its whats needed to make him into a better franchise of a movie. i kno its ounds wrong considering his back ground in the comics and all that heroic always the shining light and being the best. well i'm done repeating myself.

    6 years agoby @lovers-and-madmenFlag

  11. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    i reckon this may fly straight into a little production called hell.

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  12. -comrade-

    Are they going to make this or what? REBOOT!!

    The point of Superman is that he doesn't do those things. He has to continually represent the best in humans (ironic for an alien).
    That is why he and Batman find common ground. They believe in the power of redemption from corruption, not just victory over it. He has to constantly keep his powers in check and avoid causing damage, lest he be as bad as those he fights. He's not a f*cking Transformer for Christ's sake.

    6 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  13. lovers_and_madmen

    as nice as something like that fan-made youtube trailer "superman:reborn:"......its a lil tooooo much, i say stop showing the origins, stick to one physically challengin character, that right there is tooo many kinda like spidey 3, too much explaining and everything without an actual good story, stick to lex in the back ground and just add in someone thats just whipping supermans ass all over the place, dont make it dark like TDK just more grown up and add some animal to superman, like i said b4 lets see him draw some blood, break a sweat, and not worry about what hotel he tackles the guy throu

    6 years agoby @lovers-and-madmenFlag

  14. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    That why i recommend writing your GL saga

    How do you think that WB though of doing World's Finest, some random guy whom was a fan of Batman and Superman wrote a script and posted it online on the net and WB bought it off him.
    But then they decided to make 2 franchises instead of one

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  15. T.Clark

    Wow. Didn't know that. That interesting...maybe I can do that with a script lol

    6 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  16. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    You do know Superman Reborn is an actual written Superman Script, it was made to be the 5th Superman film and final film for Christopher Reeves but that was before his accident.

    It was actually written by a fan but WB liked it so much they cut it into seperate pieces, spanned them around on the web then took them off lol.
    I managed to get hold of all 4 seperate pieces in PDF Format

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  17. T.Clark

    I saw that, J.A., a few days ago from Wormy TV. It was alright, but I didn't like that they chose Tom Welling to edit in there as Supes...I still think Josh Brolin could do it

    The title's also good, but I like the sound of "Superman: Rebirth" better...they both have "er" sounds in them lol

    Hugo Weaving for Brainiac

    6 years agoby @insertusernamehereFlag

  18. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    Now this is how superman should be done, you lot might have seen this, it came out on youtube the same time as Superman Returns and it was one awesome trailer.

    Enjoy Superman Reborn Trailer

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  19. Saloko

    My choices are:

    1. Darkseid
    2. Doomsday
    3. Metallo
    4. Brainiac
    5. Parasite

    Im sick of Lex Luthor

    6 years agoby @saloko1Flag

  20. -comrade-

    I don't want superman to look like 20 year old Arnold Shwarzenegger. How would that not be consp*cuous? Everybody f*cking forgets that he has to be Clark Kent as well, it's not good enough just to be the hero persona, you ABSOLUTELY MUST HAVE the human persona.

    6 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  21. lovers_and_madmen

    i agree with drella on the villian should b physically taunting on superman, it should push him to his limits, i mean hell lets see some of superman animalistic side to where he just battered n bruised and just pissed that he cant overcome this obstacle, leave lex in it as a back ground just to keep the formality of everything true (and plus spacey does it good if given a good script), but for once can we see superman break a sweat and draw some blood from a heavy battle and not giving a sh*t of the property damage he is gonna cause shovin his boot in whomevers ass

    6 years agoby @lovers-and-madmenFlag

  22. Jonnred

    Brainiac or Doomsday thats what I think.

    6 years agoby @jonnredFlag

  23. Alyce (Uh-Lease)

    As long as its an original thought and not some remake

    6 years agoby @alyceepoohFlag

  24. Dfella504

    i think that the vilian should be just as powerful as superman? we all no that hero's that get their ass kick sales! look at it like this, the only two people that showed that they give superman hell is darksied an doomsday! i'm a real comic fan for years, this the best way to go, it worked blade 2, darknight,ironman,the spiderman franchise an x-men, bottem line you need a good villian to sale the movie! if you don't give the people something other them lex..it's gonna be a flap an you can't blame anybody but yourselves!

    6 years agoby @dfellaFlag

  25. KirkEpsilon

    Funny stuff BD HAHA the Hugo Weaving thing is a good point. I was thinking more like V for Vendetta or his voice work as Megatron from the Transformers movie. The man has a helluva voice for villains

    6 years agoby @kirkepsilonFlag

  26. lovers_and_madmen

    well it all depends on who is writing the script i guess J.A., if he didnt talk any in returns it wouldn't have hurt him any then probably everyone would not have that he wasnt fit fo the part and hadn't dropped his balls yet,
    now if they can get someone with the look and demeanor and voice of the cartoon then i believe that would be mor fittin,
    i just wasnt impressed with routh, looked as if theydidnt even try lookin for a good person to play the part they just settled.

    6 years agoby @lovers-and-madmenFlag

  27. Mr. Fixit

    Hey, as long as they don't bring back "Nuclear Man" from 'The Quest For Peace' I will watch the new movie once it comes out.

    6 years agoby @mrfixitFlag

  28. -comrade-

    Why would you hope that Superman wouldn't talk? The appeal of the character is that he's not just a resident idiot strongman. He is an incredibly complex being with some of the most fascinating aspects of any character in comics. I want to hear what goes on in his mind as much as possible.

    6 years agoby @taberjohnson18Flag

  29. J.A.Ottley.Writer / Director

    The BD took the whole Hugo / Smith statement right outta my keyboard :(

    LOL can you just imagine Braniac talking in the same manner as Agent Smith.

    6 years agoby @chronicFlag

  30. lovers_and_madmen

    lol eddie murphy, and we can have the rick roll song as the opening theme song,
    i understand what u mean about hugo being like matrix, lets just hope they dont tell him to talk in the same manner. but i dont think they'll take him even IF they did brainiac

    6 years agoby @lovers-and-madmenFlag

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