Lex Luthor Nicholas Hoult Gets Praise From Michael Rosenbaum
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Michael Rosenbaum Greets Nicholas Hoult As the Latest Lex Luthor Addition in Superman: Legacy

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BY December 14, 2023

Michael Rosenbaum Extends a Warm Welcome to Nicholas Hoult as the Newest Member of the Lex Luthor Family in Superman: Legacy .

Smallville luminary Michael Rosenbaum warmly extends his congratulations to Nicholas Hoult for securing a role in Superman: Legacy, officially embracing him as the newest addition to the live-action Lex Luthor lineage. Rosenbaum’s acknowledgment underscores the continuity and significance of the Lex Luthor legacy on screen. Renowned for his iconic portrayal of the cunning archenemy in the television series Smallville, Rosenbaum not only applauds Hoult’s talent in joining the cast of Superman: Legacy but also acknowledges the weight and importance of the Lex Luthor role in the Superman mythology.

This gesture symbolizes the special connection between these actors. Both have assumed this role over time. In this way they have established a sort of “family” within the universe of performers who have embodied this iconic villain. By welcoming Hoult, Rosenbaum contributes to the rich acting tradition behind Lex Luthor. In addition, he provides fans with an emotionally meaningful transition into the next incarnation of the character in Superman: Legacy.

An Instagram Post Supporting  Nicholas Hoult as the New Lex Luthor

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In an Instagram post, Rosenbaum penned: “Congratulations to Nicholas Hoult! You’ll be a great Lex Luthor. You’re in good hands with . Pumped for you buddy. I know you’ll kill it. Welcome to the family.” Gunn, a close friend of Rosenbaum and writer-director of Legacy, replied to the actor’s post, sharing that he and Hoult “talked about how you’re the best Lex the other night.” This led to Rosenbaum responding, “no way. that’s sweet of you. thanks my man. love ya.”

Rosenbaum played Lex Luthor for the first seven seasons of Smallville. After that, the actor left the series, but triumphantly returned for the two-hour finale in 2011. Rosebaum showed interest in reprising the role for the DC Universe. However, director James Gunn opted to cast a Lex Luthor closer in age to Superman for Superman: Legacy. Gunn shared his admiration for Rosenbaum, acknowledging him as his favorite Lex and a close friend. However, the decision to cast Nicholas Hoult as Lex and David Corenswet as Superman, both in their early thirties, was based on Gunn’s vision for contemporaneous dynamics between the characters. 

The New Superman Movie is Full of Classic Characters

While anticipation for Superman: Legacy is soaring, the film has not been immune to controversy, particularly concerning its casting choices. Some fans have voiced concerns about the cast being perceived as overly saturated, fearing that the abundance of characters could potentially divert attention away from the central figure, Superman. The ensemble cast includes prominent names like Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, Skyler Gisondo as Jimmy Olsen, Sara Sampaio as Eve Teschmacher, Nathan Fillion as Guy Gardner/Green Lantern, Isabela Merced as Hawkgirl, Edi Gathegi as Mister Terrific, Anthony Carrigan as Metamorpho, and María Gabriela De Faría as The Engineer. 

This will be the first cinematic entry in the new DCU. As such, Superman: Legacy ambitiously features a wide variety of characters. However, fans remain concerned that the titular superhero’s prominence will be diluted. In particular, the roles of Jor-El, Perry White and Ma and Pa Kent have yet to be cast. Because of this, fans are eager to see how these characters will be portrayed in the film.

The film Will Not be an Origins Story

Superman: Legacy charts a distinctive course away from the conventional superhero origin narrative, opting to explore the internal struggles of Superman as he grapples with reconciling his Kryptonian heritage and his upbringing on Earth. This highly anticipated reboot deviates from the traditional genesis of the Man of Steel, introducing Clark Kent as an already-established superhero in Metropolis, diligently working at the Daily Planet. Filming on this ambitious project will begin in early 2024. While Legacy serves as the inaugural film in the DCU, the shared universe officially launches in 2024 with the release of the animated series Creature Commandos on Max. Moviegoers can eagerly anticipate the cinematic debut of Superman: Legacy in theaters on July 11, 2025.

Featured Image Via Michael Rosenbaum Instagram


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