Rainn Wilson Wants To Play Lex Luthor in the DC Expanded Universe

rainn-wilson-superman-lex-luthorFrom Dwight Schrute to the greatest criminal mastermind of our time? Actor Rainn Wilson, best known for his turn as the outlandish Assistant Regional Manager on The Office, says he would like to take a crack at playing Superman’s nemesis, Lex Luthor.

Speaking to ComicBook.com, Wilson talked about how he is not a huge fan of the current DC Expanded Universe version of Superman. He said:

“I still think DC has not quite figured out Superman. That’s too bad. I didn’t love the last Superman as much of as other people did, but I think Henry Cavill is pretty great. I haven’t quite figured that out. It doesn’t have the kind of humor and … It’s not the Dark Knight. Superman is not that. It’s got to be something fun with bright colors and outlandish characters.”

Wilson went on to say how if there was a chance for him to play any DC villain, it would have to be the Man of Steel’s greatest enemy:

“Maybe if there’s a chance to do Luthor. Of course they cast that guy who’s 27 years old to do Lex Luthor. It didn’t make much sense to me. I guess if they wanted to go back to an older Lex Luthor, that would be a fun part.”

Of course with Jesse Eisenberg currently in the role, it would take something like Flashpoint or perhaps even a spinoff movie outside of the DCEU for this to have a chance to happen.

You can catch Rainn Wilson as Henry Mudd in the upcoming Star Trek: Discovery. The series also stars Jason Isaacs as Captain Lorca of the USS Discovery, James Frain as Spock’s father, Sarek, Doug Jones as a Starfleet Science Officer and a member of a new alien species, Saru, Anthony Rapp the astrobiologist, fungus expert, and Starfleet Science Officer, Stamets, Rekha Sharma as Commander Landry, security officer of the Starship Discovery, Terry Serpico as Anderson, Maulik Pancholy as Nambue, Chris Obi as T’Kuvma, Shazad Latif as Lieutenant Tyler, Mary Chieffo as L’Rell, Mary Wiseman as Tilly, Clare McConnell as Dennas, Damon Runyan as Ujilli, Kenneth Mitchell as Kol as well as Clare McConnell and Damon Runyan as Dennas and Ujilli, leaders in the Klingon Empire. Here’s the official synopsis:

STAR TREK: DISCOVERY will follow the voyages of Starfleet on their missions to discover new worlds and new life forms, and one Starfleet officer who must learn that to truly understand all things alien, you must first understand yourself.

Star Trek: Discovery premieres Sunday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m ET/PT on CBS with the following fourteen episodes coming exclusively on the CBS All Access streaming service weekly. The season is set to be released in two halves with the first eight episodes running through November 5, followed by the second half picking up in January 2018.

Source: ComicBook.com

5 Unfair Criticisms Of The DC Extended Universe

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DC Unfair Criticisms
The DC Extended Universe is a growing interconnected series of films that continue to attempt to capture the feeling of bringing a comic universe to life. So far, the DCEU films — except for Wonder Woman — have gotten poor reception, causing backlash amongst comic book fans. This critical reception has not left a good impression on the series.

While some of the criticism is valid, there is also a lot of unfair criticism that has come up as a result of these negative reviews and there here have been a lot of attacks from all sides aimed at the DCEU. Criticism should be taken seriously, but when things are said that don’t make sense or aren’t true then some comments deserve to be challenged.

Here are 5 unfair criticisms of the DC Extended Universe. Click Next to continue.

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  • Oh lord, did everyone just stop reading Superman in 1985, pick up a copy of All Star Superman because someone told them it was, “THE” Superman story and decide they know everything about the character?

    • All Star Superman is a perfect distillation of the character. One thing any Superman comic reader would tell you is the stories need to be colorful and have a sense of kindness and humanity to them.

      • I am a Superman comic reader and have been for over 35 years. All Star Superman is one writers particular take on the Silver Age Superman. It’s Superman worship; a sloppy, anachronistic Penthouse love letter to one time period in the characters publishing history that’s more childish emotional recreation than historical representation. It removes any of the characters negative traits, which are important for creating a character that feels like a well rounded person, and doubles down on the characters perfections; the very things that people who are not Superman fans say keep them away from the character. It might be the perfect distillation of what some people want the character to be but it isn’t a good representation of what the character is.

        • That’s a very strange reaction to what is generally regarded as the single best Superman story. But to each their own.

  • Preach it, Rainn Wilson! You’ve just earned the unnecessary N in your name, sir.

  • Mmm… no. Not digging this idea at all.

  • J Raye Porter

    I don’t get the point of playing an older alexander Luthor Jr. The DCEU hasn’t even cast Lex Luthor sr. Yet. Maybe if Rainn actually watched the movie and paid attention to Jesse literally saying his DAD was Lex Luthor and how great a man he was like 4 times in a row the first time you meet Lex Jr. he wouldn’t make such stupid comments. And Cavils superman is the most realistic portrayal ever put on screen. Its just too bad people want to hear jokes every 10 seconds and see bright colors instead of delving into an actual storyline or character development.