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Smallville’s Lex Luthor wants a part in Man of Steel sequel

Michael Rosenbaum shows interest in the role

When it comes to Superman's deadliest foes, there's none greater than the legendary Lex Luthor… but who should play Lex in the 'Man of Steel' sequel?

After the success of Zack Snyder's 'Man of Steel' it looks as though a sequel is already on the cards. But with General Zod vanquished, who should we expect to antagonize our favourite Kryptonian hero? Obviously, the first person that comes to mind is the chrome-domed captialist, Lex Luthor… but if he does return to our screens, who should play him? It seems that Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum thinks there's only one man for the job…

[Man of Steel remains #1 at the UK box office]

Since the announcement that a 'Man of Steel' sequel has been given the green-light, many of us DC fans have assumed that the main villain will be none other than Lex Luthor. One of the most easily recognisable villains in comic-book history, Luthor has made numerous on-screen appearances… but if he does return, who would make the best Lex Luthor this time around?

We've already seen Kevin Spacey and Gene Hackman tackle the iconic role… but it seems that Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum (who played a young Lex in the hit TV series) would love to give it a shot.

Speaking about an article over at BuzzFocus which debates who they would cast as Lex Luthor in the 'Man of Steel' sequel, Michael Rosenbaum tweeted the following response:

"Can the Superman fans out there spread the word that there's really no other choice. Let Cranston stick to meth. Thanks"

[General Zod interrupts Man of Steel conversation in cinema toilet]

The article in question poses a number of familiar faces as the next Lex Luthor… most notably, Bryan Cranston - famously portraying the unhinged drug-lord Walter White in the critically acclaimed TV series 'Breaking Bad'.

But while fans have eagerly backed Cranston as a favourite for the role of Lex Luthor, it looks as though Rosenbaum won't be backing down without a fight… or a rather tongue-in-cheek comment about Cranston sticking to meth.

Obviously, a 'Man of Steel' sequel is a long way off… but could Rosenbaum be the right choice for a big-screen Lex Luthor? As much as I loved his portrayal of Luthor in Smallville, I'm not sure it's such a good idea to bring him back. Don't get me wrong - he was absolutely amazing and the on-screen chemistry with Tom Welling (Smallville's Clark Kent) was utterly superb. But will DC be willing to take a step back? I'm not so sure about that.

Do you think Michael Rosenbaum would make a good Lex Luthor in the 'Man of Steel' sequel? Or should the part go to someone else? Let us know in the comments below…

Ryan Leston is a comic book movie geek from Cardiff who can't wait to hear more about the rumoured Justice League movie. His favourite DC film is The Dark Knight and he was hugely impressed with Henry Cavill as Superman. Follow Ryan Leston on Twitter or Facebook.

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