Can there be a Superman without Lex Luthor?

That's the question on many Superman fans' minds as the June 14 release of "Man of Steel" approaches. The Zack Snyder-directed movie, which tells Superman's origin story, stars Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman and boasts an A-list cast including Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Kevin Costner as Jonathan Kent, Russell Crowe as Jor-El, and Michael Shannon as the villainous Kryptonian general, Zod.

It looked like Lex Luthor's famous bald pate wouldn't make an appearance in the reboot. But now comes a rumor from AICN that the nefarious Luthor will make an appearance, after all. The fan site claims that Mackenzie Gray -- who played a Luthor clone in TV's "Smallville" -- will play "an ambitious, ego driven and cold version of Luthor."

Indeed, "Man of Steel" screenwriter David S. Goyer recently added fuel to the Luthor fire when he told I Am Rogue, "I don't think anyone has ever confirmed that we haven't included him."

AICN says that while Gray confirmed he's in "Man of Steel," he wasn't able to talk about his role.

Still, other sites are skeptical about the rumor, pointing out that Gray is a relative unknown for such a key role, considering the caliber of the rest of the cast. Then again, while big names like Kevin Spacey and Bradley Cooper have been linked to the character, Snyder has said he would prefer to cast an unknown.

What do you think: Do you want to see Lex Luthor in "Man of Steel"? Should he be played by an unknown or a star?

[via AICN]

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