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Post  James Stocks on Fri Jun 28, 2013 4:27 am

http://comicsalliance.com/michael-rosenbaum-man-of-steel-2-lex-luthor-twee/?trackback=fbshare

Smallville‘s Lex Luthor, Michael Rosenbaum, made it abundantly clear on Twitter Wednesday that he is the absolutely most qualified actor to play Lex Luthor in the already-green-lit Man of Steel sequel. No other actors who have no hair or the ability to shave their heads — especially not Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston, who Rosenbaum addressed by name — are worthy of the role, he proclaimed from his Twitter mountaintop.



The link in Rosenbaum’s tweet goes to a Buzzfocus article listing off potential Lexes. Rosenbaum tops the list, but also included are John Glover, who portrayed Lex’s dad Lionel on Smallville; Cranston; Jon Hamm, who showed up as Lex in a pretty terrific Funny or Die video a few years ago, and a handful of other bald and non-bald actors.

One does have to wonder what sort of reaction, if Rosenbaum does reprise the role, Lex would have to encountering a Superman who is not Tom Welling, doesn’t wear a goofy-looking red leather jacket and refuses to answer to the name “The Blur.” That’d be confusing for anybody.

PLEASE let this happen. I'm open to a new actor, but in the long run I am more enthusiastic about the idea of Rosenbaum playing Luthor.
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Post  thecolorsblend on Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:03 am

The drama with him and the Smallville finale were just rumors. But they were rumors with teeth. That alone kind of sets me against him. But the other thing is that this is a reboot. If Tom Welling were playing Superman, I guess I'd feel differently but I think I'd rather see someone new take on the role.
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Post  James Stocks on Fri Jun 28, 2013 9:22 am

Despite being a reboot, I'd be cool with this. Few times it was done where an actor would reprise a role but in a different set of films, a good example is Judi Dench reprising M in Daniel Craig's Bond films, even though it was a reboot.

If he did end up getting the Luthor role, that would also have him join the club with Amy Adams and Alessandro Juliani.
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Post  non_amos on Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:40 am

I just saw this via my Facebook this morning & was gonna post it but I see you beat me to the punch. Smile 

Anyway, I'm open to the idea myself but I can also see the concern some may have about using him especially since Tom Welling ain't playing Supes. Plus 'the drama'. But this ain't the Smallville production team either. Rosenbaum did portray the best Luthor I've ever seen bar none! Sure, in MOS2 he may have to approach it at a different angle but it could still work. And besides, remember all the SV 'Easter eggs' in MOS? And about 3 actors from SV in the film too including Amy Adams? So we really don't know what Luthor's relationship may have been with Clark in MOS. For all we know it may parallel what it was in SV to some degree but minus the meteor shower freak show. Other than that though there may be parallels like Lex living in SV back in their youth & doing business. Ya know what? There's some interesting directions they could go with this. For example, they could use Kevin Costner again via flashbacks having to deal with the 'wheelings & dealings' of Lionel & Lex. So on & so forth. Maybe Clark & Lex were even friends in some parallel way? I mean, why not. It beats watching Amy Adams sucking on road kill.
 
And here's a thought. Hire Tom Welling too in some role. How about Bizarro? I'm not joking.
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Post  thecolorsblend on Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:05 pm

The Apologists would never let SV fans live that one down. No, I'd rather Welling do his own thing outside Superman from now on.
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Post  non_amos on Sat Jun 29, 2013 12:21 pm

thecolorsblend wrote:The Apologists would never let SV fans live that one down. No, I'd rather Welling do his own thing outside Superman from now on.

 I see your point. No doubt duh apologists would say, "Ha Ha! Welling ain't Superman! Told ya so! Waaahhh!" So while I see that point you still have to admit, Welling played a mean Bizarro! That's kinda what I was thinking but no doubt duh apologists would have a field day with this.

But remember, Dean Cain played both Clark Kent and Superman on Lois & Clark & he went on to play a different character on Smallville. That 'immortal' guy what's-his-name. And you have to think, since Cain had already played Supes, how did he feel being ''demoted'? Apparently he didn't mind still being a part of the mythos. Now, how Welling would feel about a similar role, I don't know. Maybe he is better moving on. That is, unless he can't get work. It kinda makes you wonder about Rosenbaum's motives in this same scenario. I bet he's missing the checks & his career has gone nowhere fast so hey, he wants back in! I'm willing to give him a chance but if they had Welling too that would be kinda surreal.
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Post  thecolorsblend on Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:19 pm

Yeah, his Bizarro was cool, but Welling has finished Parkland and has moved on to Draft Day (co-starring Superman's dad Kevin Costner and the guy who missed his chance to audition for Superman, Joe Manganiello; wouldn't it be funny if Blandon was cast as a bartender in that movie?).

If Bizarro is to have a role in MOS II (which I'm cool with), why not have Cavill play that role too?
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Post  non_amos on Sat Jun 29, 2013 1:37 pm

thecolorsblend wrote:Yeah, his Bizarro was cool, but Welling has finished Parkland and has moved on to Draft Day (co-starring Superman's dad Kevin Costner and the guy who missed his chance to audition for Superman, Joe Manganiello; wouldn't it be funny if Blandon was cast as a bartender in that movie?).

If Bizarro is to have a role in MOS II (which I'm cool with), why not have Cavill play that role too?

 Cavill playing Bizarro is exactly what Amy Adams wants. She was like, "2 Henrys? Mmmmm!" I didn't know that Lois was a cougar! Smile

The role of Bizarro would probably have to be played by Cavill anyway unless they used a different actor & came up with some kinda explanation like Nuclear Man. Ya know, it's funny how in S4 that Superman told Luthor that he had now 'broken the laws of nature' when Pillow & Reeve looked nothing alike. Question

As for Blandon, he'd take any role. After all, Ruth gotta eat!
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Post  James Stocks on Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:37 pm

What other SV actor showed up? I'm only aware of Lt. Gaeta from BSG making an appearance, and of course Amy Adams.
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Post  non_amos on Sat Jun 29, 2013 10:48 pm

James Stocks wrote:What other SV actor showed up? I'm only aware of Lt. Gaeta from BSG making an appearance, and of course Amy Adams.

 I can't think of the dude's name even though it's been mentioned on these boards but I think it was the guy who played Emil Hamilton on Smallville. He played some other character along side Emil Hamilton on MOS. I can't pinpoint who he is at the moment on IMDB.
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Post  thecolorsblend on Sun Jun 30, 2013 9:45 am

The Army guy who actually said the word "Superman" was in a season one episode (Hothead) where he played a football player and a season eight episode (Bulletproof) where he played a young Dan Turpin.
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Post  Apologist Puncher on Wed Jul 03, 2013 9:43 pm

Rosenbaum would need to hit the gym and bulk up to look more imposing as Lex. Otherwise I'd be perfectly fine with him as LL.

And the Army scientist who played Emil Hamilton in 'Smallville' was in 'Watchmen', which is why Snyder picked him for 'MOS'. Not necessarily his 'Smallville' role...

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Post  non_amos on Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:42 am

Apologist Puncher wrote:Rosenbaum would need to hit the gym and bulk up to look more imposing as Lex. Otherwise I'd be perfectly fine with him as LL.

And the Army scientist who played Emil Hamilton in 'Smallville' was in 'Watchmen', which is why Snyder picked him for 'MOS'. Not necessarily his 'Smallville' role...

 Who did he play in Watchmen? I don't recall him but I wasn't exactly looking for him either. I know he wasn't one of the Watchmen, right?

As for Smallville, you've probably got a point about that guy but you also have to consider the two others that Snyder chose too that were on SV, namely Amy Adams. I watched Season One as it aired on a weekly basis & even my wife hasn't forgotten her sucking on that deer that she turned into roadkill with her elongated jaw. It was so weird it made my wife think the show was weird period. And the thing is, I didn't even know who Amy Adams was back then & only more recently was that brought to my attention, pretty much since she was cast as Lois.

I don't have the link handy right now without looking for it but through my Facebook I read comments Snyder made about SV's influence on MOS & he basically admitted it. He referred to SV as 'now being part of the canon' or something to that effect. So when he starts using actors from that show you have to wonder exactly where he's going with this? Personally I don't think Rosenbaum would be a stretch for Snyder to use. Like AP said, have him work out some & that'll be that. Put him in the battlesuit & we're in business!
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Post  thecolorsblend on Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:06 am

non_amos wrote:Who did he play in Watchmen? I don't recall him but I wasn't exactly looking for him either. I know he wasn't one of the Watchmen, right?
His most memorable moment is probably when he announced that Dr. Manhattan had been found (on Mars).

non_amos wrote:I don't have the link handy right now without looking for it but through my Facebook I read comments Snyder made about SV's influence on MOS & he basically admitted it. He referred to SV as 'now being part of the canon' or something to that effect. So when he starts using actors from that show you have to wonder exactly where he's going with this? Personally I don't think Rosenbaum would be a stretch for Snyder to use. Like AP said, have him work out some & that'll be that. Put him in the battlesuit & we're in business!
I'd be interested in checking out that link if you can find it.

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Post  James Stocks on Thu Jul 04, 2013 11:08 am

Speaking of WATCHMEN, that also featured Rob LaBelle, who played Dr. Frederick Walden during the second season of SV.
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Post  non_amos on Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:33 pm

the colorsblend wrote:


I'd be interested in checking out that link if you can find it.

Your wish is my command:



http://moviehole.net/201365774exclusive-zack-snyder-on-man-of-steel-2-progress-smallville-references-justice-league

Caught up with “Man of Steel” helmer Zack Snyder this week in Sydney who, aside from being all smiles (and why not!? his movie has grossed something in the vicinity of $200 million dollars!), was happy to respond to a few of the internet’s most-asked questions in regards to the superhero reboot and it’s inevitable sequel.
On the sequel – which we hear the studio has not only greenlit, but that Snyder has already got the setting and villain mapped out!
I’m going to be a hundred percent honest with you, I haven’t yet gotten to speak to the studio about all these awesome details (because I’ve been overseas on the junket). So my hope is, when I get home I can sit down with everyone and it’ll be like ‘Okay, so what are we going to do?.. we need to do something…”’
One of the questions they have to immediately address in a sequel :
“We almost destroyed the world last time, now what!?’
Does ”Man of Steel” lead to ”Justice League”?
I really wanted to expand the DC Universe and I really wanted to make sure, in Superman’s world, that all that is a possibility.
Addressing a couple of fan complaints…
People have been like ‘there’s no kryptonite in the movie!’ and ‘there’s no Lex Luthor in the movie!’, and by no means am I saying those things don’t exist, I’m just saying he didn’t run into them here [this time].
On the film’s ”Smallville” references (look closely for homages to the characters of Chloe and Whitney)
Ya know, [TVs Smallville is] in the Superman mythology now. I was interested in that kind of homage to the mythology. I feel it’s not so much about paying more homage to the series, it’s just in the vernacular of Superman now.
READ THE WHOLE INTERVIEW WITH ZACK SNYDER HERE



Exclusive : Zack Snyder on Man of Steel 2 progress,


http://moviehole.net/201365777zack-snyder

I obviously 'paraphrased' Snyder from memory but it basically says the sameething, that he sees Smallville as now being a part of the Superman mythos. I also couldn't copy the title of the article because it was one of those instances that wouldn't allow me to.
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Post  James Stocks on Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:38 pm

Complaining about the lack of kryptonite is really really odd. I figured most fans agreed that it became an overused plot device, and I thought it was refreshing that the news of no kryptonite came out.
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Post  thecolorsblend on Thu Jul 04, 2013 12:50 pm

To me, it comes to the same. Whether he's referencing SV or whether he's acknowledging that it's part of the canon now, it's still in there... and wouldn't be if it didn't have value and staying-power.

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Post  non_amos on Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:52 pm

thecolorsblend wrote:To me, it comes to the same. Whether he's referencing SV or whether he's acknowledging that it's part of the canon now, it's still in there... and wouldn't be if it didn't have value and staying-power.

 Smallville indeed has staying power. The DVDs have always sold well & even recently just prior to MOS Walmart had all 10 seasons on display for $9.96 a piece including Season 10! The bad thing though was the display disappeared right after MOS came out at the theaters. I think they should've left it up longer myself but Walmart is notorious for stuff like that.

Duh apologists don't like it & I remember having futile arguments with them back when I was actually posting on duh Homopage. But like you said, it has staying power. Singerman only has staying power in their own little 'circle jerk'. And I'm glad the film franchise is acknowledging SV's contribution.
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Post  thecolorsblend on Thu Jul 04, 2013 2:57 pm

^ Yep. It's interesting to me that SV lasted 10 seasons, got two spinoff comic book series, sold a mint on DVD's and gets acknowledged by MOS while Singerman... one and done.

The victory lap will never end around here.

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Post  non_amos on Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:13 pm

thecolorsblend wrote:^ Yep. It's interesting to me that SV lasted 10 seasons, got two spinoff comic book series, sold a mint on DVD's and gets acknowledged by MOS while Singerman... one and done.

The victory lap will never end around here.

The bad thing about that as far as duh apologists are concerned is their argument that 'Smallville should've ended after Season 3 or Season 5' or some such. They insinuate that it was just dragged out for many more years I guess just to 'milk a cash cow' or something. I'm sure you've seen that argument before.
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Post  thecolorsblend on Thu Jul 04, 2013 3:26 pm

non_amos wrote:
thecolorsblend wrote:^ Yep. It's interesting to me that SV lasted 10 seasons, got two spinoff comic book series, sold a mint on DVD's and gets acknowledged by MOS while Singerman... one and done.

The victory lap will never end around here.

The bad thing about that as far as duh apologists are concerned is their argument that 'Smallville should've ended after Season 3 or Season 5' or some such. They insinuate that it was just dragged out for many more years I guess just to 'milk a cash cow' or something. I'm sure you've seen that argument before.
Haven't we all? Oddly enough, they miss the forest but hit the trees with that comment. I think it's absolutely true that SV was prolonged beyond the original intended end point (ie, the end point was continually pushed back). I also think it's true that it was done primarily as a money grab.

The Apologists usually would follow the argument up with a comparison to Supernatural, which did have a plan. You don't hear that anymore though. Why? Because that series also ended up getting extended beyond the original end point. The reason for that is because the showrunner doesn't decide when a TV series has to end. The network will order a certain number of episodes and the showrunner has to fit his story around that. If the network decides the show must go on, it will. If they decide it's time for it to end, lights out.

I've seen reference that SV was supposed to last only five seasons. Obviously that changed. It was a popular show and there was no reason to shoot the cow if it was still producing milk.

What pisses me off the most about the whole argument though is that it insinuates that the show had run out of gas after, say, season 6 and everything after was a superfluous waste of time. I won't bore you with a detailed analysis of season 7-10 but suffice it to say Clark was nowhere remotely close to ready for The Suit at the end of season 6. Could the season have been tweaked to make him ready? Sure. But his character arc for the rest of the series is undeniable (unless you're a Nolanite who needs 15 minutes of melodrama to spell out what's going on). Clark underwent MAJOR growth each season so that the character we said goodbye to in 10.22- Finale didn't much resemble the character we were introduced to in 01.01- Pilot at all. Anybody who says otherwise is simply wrong.

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