Smallville’s Michael Rosenbaum wants to return as Lex Luthor in James Gunn’s DCU

James Gunn recently stunned DC audiences when he revealed that a new story for Superman is among the first films to be developed by the newly formed DC Studios, but this one, unfortunately, will not be revealed by star Henry Cavill Gunn that the film – which he was already writing a screenplay for – It would focus on an earlier part of Superman’s life and later indicated that the film would include “main characters”. While Gunn hasn’t made it clear who those main characters are, the one fans are hoping to see is Lex Luthor – and now Smallville star Michael Rosenbaum is announcing he’d like to be considered.

On Twitter, Rosenbaum responded to a fan who suggested Michael Rooker could be Gunn’s Lex Luthor, reminding people that he previously played a villain for seven years on the WB/CW series and hopes he’s in the running for a new take on the character.

“I hope to be in the running,” Rosenbaum wrote. “I mean, I played him for 7 years. Unless you guys are going to have a problem with that.”

What do we know about Gunn’s Superman plans?

At this point, we don’t know much about Gunn’s Superman movie plans other than that it won’t star Henry Cavill and that while they focus on an earlier part of Superman’s life, the movie isn’t an origin story. Reports indicated that the film will focus on the Superman/Clark Kent who live in Metropolis and work at the Daily Planet.

What about Henry Cavill?

Following Gunn’s announcement, Cavill confirmed that he will not be returning as Superman in a statement on his Instagram account.

“Just reunited with James Gunn and Peter Safran which is sad news for everyone. I’m not coming back as Superman after all,” Cavill wrote. Having asked the studio to announce my return in October, before they were set, this news wasn’t the easiest, but that’s life. A changing of the guard is a thing that happens. I respect that. James and Peter did a world to build. Happy, and happiest of fortunes. For those who have stood by me over the years… We can grieve a little, but then we must remember… Superman is still out there. Whatever he stands for is still out there, and the examples he set for us still out there! It’s too late for me to put on the cap, but what Superman stands for will never happen. It’s been fun riding with all of you, onward and upward.”

It was later announced that Cavill would continue to executive produce and star in a new Warhammer 40K cinematic universe for Amazon Studios.

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