Nicholas Hoult is set to bring the iconic Lex Luthor to life in Superman: Legacy. A stunning concept design brings Hoult to life as the DC Universe’s most anticipated villain.
Many fans were shocked when it was announced that Nicholas Hoult would be playing Lex Luthor in James Gunn and Peter Safran’s new DC Universe. While the actor has certainly had some amazing roles, it remained a question of if he could bring the gravitas needed to such an iconic character. As fans warm up to the casting, some like Instagram user “rahalarts” create amazing concept designs for the character ahead of Superman: Legacy, helping fans visualize the villain in action.
The character of Lex Luthor has seen various incarnations across movies and TV shows, each bringing a unique interpretation to the classic DC Comics villain. Recently, Jesse Eisenberg portrayed Luthor in the DCEU, giving a modern, tech-savvy twist to the character. Meanwhile, Michael Cudlitz took on the role in the DC TV series Superman and Lois on The CW.
Nicholas Hoult is certainly set to be a mainstay in the new DC Universe following his debut in Superman: Legacy. Despite often being used as a one-off villain in live-action movies, Lex Luthor is one of the most prolific characters in DC comics. If James Gunn and Peter Safran make Hoult look anything close to this good in the film, Superman fans are certainly in for one amazing performance!
What to expect from Superman’s DC Universe debut
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.
Superman: Legacy is currently scheduled to hit theaters on July 11, 2025. Stay tuned for the latest news regarding the future of the DC Universe and make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel for more content!