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New details emerge on Batman vs. Superman‘s Lex Luthor

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So, we know that Lex Luthor is in the upcoming “Batman vs. Superman”.

What we don’t know is the actor that’ll be playing him (yes, we’ve heard anyone and everyone is ‘rumoured’ for the role, but still.. nothing concrete on any thesp yet), and just what’ll make this Lex ‘tick’ as opposed to his counterpart on, say “Smallville” or “Lois & Clark” or in the fellow features “Superman Returns” or “Superman : The Movie”.

ComicBookMovie hear that – aside from James Purefoy (“The Following”) passing on the role – Zack Snyder’s Lex Luthor will be essentially ‘loved by all’. Quite the charmer, apparently.

There’s also a couple of other titbits below.

First up, The Flash. Yes, he will be in the film, BUT as others have mentioned he will not be in costume for the movie. The Flash will only be seen as Barry Allen. Same goes for Wonder Woman. She will not be wearing her costume in this film, and will only be known as Diana. As you know, CW is developing a Flash television series that is a spinoff from Arrow. I’m told by my source that WB wants Grant Gustin to make the cameo as Barry Allen, BUT it all depends on how the audience reacts to him when he makes his debut on the small screen later this year. If sentiment is positive Gustin’s in, but if it’s negative they will find someone else for the Barry Allen/Flash cameo.

Zack Snyder’s Lex Luthor isn’t gonna be focusing on real estate, like he has in past Superman films. This time, Lex’s motivations will be rooted on his belief that Superman is not good for mankind. The Lex that you will see, will resemble characteristics from Grant Morrison’s All-Star Superman.

Alright, so he hates Superman for being a perfect alien, what else can you tell us hot shot? Well, my source describes Lex as “the pride of Metropolis. The people love him, he’s been helping out a lot. Even Lois thinks he’s a good guy initially. He is a very smart man and has a lot of charisma.” Wait, there’s more. Lex likes to dabble in “fringe” science. This is the side of him the people of Metropolis do not see. In one particular scene, Lex will ask his LexCorp scientists if they can recreate Kryptonian armor. Lex says to them, “When the world realizes what he truly is, they will need someone to stand up to him.” When one of scientists ask if he is that someone, Lex replies, “Is there any other person who can?”

Recently, Terry O’Quinn (“Lost”) was reported to be in the mix for Lex Luthor, but I’m told that he was never considered for the part at anytime. I can tell you, that James Purefroy, who is best known for playing a professor-turned-serial-killer in Fox’s The Following, was contacted about Lex Luthor, but wanted absolutely nothing to do with it.

Alright, let’s move on to other tidbits. We know that Bruce Wayne is getting a love interest in the film, but what you may not know is that WB really wants to cast an African-American actress for the part. I’m told by my source, that Ben Affleck will be reading with several actresses this very week to see if they have chemistry. This will be a committed relationship, not just a one night stand. It’s so serious, that she will know Bruce’s superhero identity.

“Man of Steel” is due in cinemas 2015.

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