There have long been rumors that Bradley Cooper was in the running to play Lex Luthor in Superman: Legacy. A new report confirms the Guardians of the Galaxy alum was once up for the role in James Gunn’s DC Universe reboot.
It was recently revealed that Nicholas Hoult will be taking up the role of Lex Luthor in James Gunn’s new DC Universe. However, what was perhaps more interesting in the wake of the announcement was who didn’t get the role. According to The InSneider, Bradley Cooper was originally approached to play Luthor in Superman: Legacy, but ended up passing on the reboot.
It’s currently unclear why Bradley Cooper passed on playing Lex Luthor in Superman: Legacy given his close partnership with James Gunn and even the DC Universe. Though given the actor has slowed down taking roles in recent years, it’s likely part of it was due to the large contract he’d have to sign to play Luthor in the reboot.
Superman’s DC Universe Future
Superman: Legacy is a much-anticipated project, given that Clark Kent has been an integral part of the DC Universe for over 80 years, with various iterations and adaptations across different media. The movie promises to explore the character’s origins and his struggles to balance his dual identities as Clark and Superman while fighting off villains and saving the world. The choice to focus on the early years of his career is a bold move that could potentially breathe new life into the character and appeal to a younger generation of fans.
James Gunn and Peter Safran told journalists that their vision for the DC Universe includes locked scripts, wiggle room and a unified storyline across film, television, animation and video game projects. The two explained that the DC Universe could bring back elements from previous DC regimes, meaning that their eight-to-year plan is not a full reboot.
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