Two years ago, Kevin Spacey was all geared up to shave his head, pull his face into a serenely creepy glare, and reprise the role of Lex Luthor — the iconic villain with a taste for world domination — in the sequel to 2006’s “Superman Returns.” But he never got the chance, and the film collapsed like the Man of Steel after a hefty dose of kryptonite.
Now, after the July settlement of a legal battle that pitted heirs of the Superman creators against DC Comics and Warner Bros, a U.S. District Court judge mandated that a new “Superman” film must essentially go into production by 2011, else a fresh legal battle will ensue. So, what would it take to get Spacey to lop off his hair and Luthor-ize himself once more? Turns out, he doesn’t have much choice in the matter.
“They have me,” the actors explained while promoting “Shrink,” his indie flick about a pot-smoking Hollywood therapist. “We made a several picture deal.”
Yet the court development doesn’t seem to have kick-started any dialogue between the studio and its would-be Lex. Spacey hasn’t seen a script and doesn’t know if original director Bryan Singer will in fact return.
And Singer’s involvement, it turns out, is the key. “If they make the movie and Bryan Singer’s directing the movie, then I will do it,” Spacey told us. “If they make the movie and they go in a completely different direction and they decide they want other actors, then obviously that’s their purview.”
One of the thespian decisions will clearly involve the Man of Steel himself, Brandon Routh, who recently revealed that his “Superman” contract has expired. “If they call me again, [I’d go] back to the character without thinking twice!” Routh told Spanish-language entertainment site Omelete in July.
So would Spacey. “I’d be up for it,” he said. “I had a great time doing it and it’s one of the great iconic parts.”
So, what about it, readers? Would you like to Spacey reprise his role as Lex Luthor?