Lex Luthor: Joaquin Phoenix Rumored as Villain in 'Batman vs. Superman'

Thursday, 19 Dec 2013 06:07 PM

By Ken Mandel

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The new "Batman vs. Superman" movie may need a Lex Luthor, and Joaquin Phoenix is being targeted by Warner Bros. for the arch-villain part, according to Variety.

The entertainment magazine cautioned that talks are preliminary, and it's far from certain that Phoenix would accept a role if offered. The star of Spike Jonze's critically acclaimed "Her" has avoided big-budget films in the past.

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Phoenix, 39, is also reportedly considering a part in Gus Van Sant's "Sea of Trees."

The yet untitled "Batman vs. Superman" movie is scheduled to open July 17, 2015, with Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman. Amy Adams returns as Lois Lane, as well as Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Lawrence Fisburne (Perry White). Earlier this month, 28-year-old "Fast and Furious" actress Gal Gadot was announced to play Wonder Woman.

Phoenix is the latest star rumored for the Luthor role, despite no official announcement from Warner Bros. that the character is actually in the next film. In August, a since-debunked rumor surfaced that "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston was hired to play Luthor.

Fans to the website Screenrant.com were mostly on board with the Phoenix rumor.

"He's not someone who would have come to mind immediately when picturing Lex Luthor, but the more I imagine him bald in my head, the more I think he can pull off the look," wrote user Bergey. "And it is undeniable that he has the acting chops to pull off just about any role he takes."

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