Kevin Smith Wanted Michael Rooker As Lex Luthor For ‘Superman Lives’

Fan favorite writer and director Kevin Smith revealed that he wanted Michael Rooker to play Lex Luthor in Superman Lives.

Although Tim Burton’s Superman Lives was cancelled before it even took off, Kevin Smith revealed that his script for the film would’ve seen Guardians of the Galaxy and The Walking Dead star Michael Rooker as the Kryptonian’s nemesis Lex Luthor. Fans have discussed Superman Lives for years, from the Jon Schnepp documentary that revealed more about the film to the recent look at Nicholas Cage wearing the Superman costume.

Kevin Smith recently took part in a Watch Party of Mallrats for Focus Features, discussing new details about the cult classic when he revealed that Michael Rooker was who he wanted to play Lex Luthor. The director explained that when he was writing the script, Rooker was the one he saw as the villain. It’s even the reason Smith had the star shave his head for his role in Mallrats.

“When I wrote my Superman Lives script, Rooker was who I saw in my head as Lex Luthor. So his head shaving became yet another comic book reference.”

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Superman was last seen in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Here’s the official synopsis for the movie:

Fueled by his restored faith in humanity and inspired by Superman’s selfless act, Bruce Wayne enlists the help of his newfound ally, Diana Prince, to face an even greater enemy. Together, Batman and Wonder Woman work quickly to find and recruit a team of metahumans to stand against this newly awakened threat. But despite the formation of this unprecedented league of heroes—Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Cyborg and The Flash—it may already be too late to save the planet from an assault of catastrophic proportions.

Directed by Zack Snyder, Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J. K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.

Justice League is now available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Digital HD.

Source: Focus Features

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