A new tidbit of casting information concerning Batman Vs Superman has arrived. ThinkMcFlyThink is reporting that Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder are looking at African-American actors to play the role of villain Lex Luthor. They say that Denzel Washington was their first choice but nothing came from that idea. While Idris Elba’s (although British, not American) name is added as well, his contract with Marvel could be a major problem with him landing the role though. We got the impression from a recent interview Marvel is holding him back from bigger superhero roles. Not being able to play Lex Luthor could account for the tension which was apparent in the piece. They also mention an actor from CW’s Arrow has been approached for the role. Likely, putting to rest the oddball theories that Warner Bros. would be combining the TV and film franchises into one DC Universe.
Denzel Washington was their hope of hopes but nothing ever materialized and before you even ask, yes Idris Elba was on “the list” as impossible as that would have been given his current status as Hemdall in Marvel’s THOR films. Another African-American actor approached for the role of Lex Luthor is a certain re-occuring cast member from Arrow. If true would put a kink in theories that Arrow would be tied into DC’s Cinematic Universe.
It’s been almost confirmed that Lex will be in the film, the size of his role is yet to be determined. Landing an actor with dramatic chops like Denzel or Elba would be a dream come true for fans. The two previously shared screetime together in Ridley Scott’s crime drama American Gangster. Washington won an Oscar for his performance of a corrupt L.A. cop in Training Day, while Idris Elba is gathering awards buzz for his upcoming film Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom. It was revealed that Australian actor Callan Mulvey (Winter Soldier, Rise of An Empire) is in the mix to play a villain too. There had been rumors that Doomsday or Metallo could be secondary villains in the film. I’d love to see Elba jump into the DCU as either a hero or villain, his work on HBO’s The Wire proves he can make a compelling bad guy as well. Let’s just hope the other candidates end up just as polished.