We've known for quite some time that this summer's Superman reboot, Man of Steel would focus on star, Henry Cavill's antagonistic tanglings with Michael Shannon's escaped Kryptonian war criminal, General Zod. However, after a choice revelation from actor, Mackenzie Gray, a rumor has now been ignited concerning the character considered Superman's most iconic rival, Lex Luthor.
Fans of the long-running Superman TV series, Smallville may recall that Gray played a cloned version of Supes' follicularly-challenged foe in a 2010 episode of the show. (Whose real version was played by fan fave, Michael Rosenbaum.) It was a brief, but memorable appearance, which seemed especially relevant to a recent interview in which Gray confirms that he has a role in the upcoming Man of Steel movie; a fact that he would also reiterate that he had permission to reveal as long as he omitted any details.
However, a small tidbit of those details may have emerged from the sleuths over at Aint It Cool News, whose anonymous insider close to the film disclosed that the still-unnamed role by Gray will be "substantial." Thus, Gray, who already possess a passing connection to Lex Luthor, has become the center of the latest round of rumors speculating that the avaricious, evil industrialist will, in fact, be in the film. If true, then Gray would be joining Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey in the prestigious club of actors who have played Luthor on the big screen.
Check out the interview in which Gray confirms his Man of Steel role just below!
It's certainly not the first time that rumors banking on a Luthor cameo have erupted. In fact, just a little over a year ago, reports pegged The Hangover and Silver Linings Playbook star, Bradley Cooper for the clandestine Luthor role. At this point, with the film's impending June 14 release just a few short months away, one might conclude that either Man of Steel keeps its casting secrets better than some government agencies, or that the rumors just aren't true. It's anyone's guess.