James Gunn Comments on Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor in “Superman: Legacy”

Nicholas Hoult and James Gunn

Director James Gunn has confirmed that Nicholas Hoult has been cast as Lex Luthor for the upcoming movie “Superman: Legacy”.

“Yes, finally I can answer, Nicholas Hoult is Lex Luthor in Superman: Legacy and I couldn’t be happier,” he stated on Instagram.

“We went out to dinner last night to celebrate and discuss how we can create a Lex that will be different from anything you’ve seen before and will never forget.”

The news of Hoult’s casting was reported online on November 20, but the casting hadn’t officially been announced by Gunn “because, although we were discussing it, it wasn’t final until a couple days ago and I don’t want to tell you all something that isn’t certain.”

He concluded his post with, “Here’s to Lex (and Nicholas!), one of my very favorite characters in the DCU.”

In response to a fan’s question, Gunn confirmed that Lex Luthor would indeed be bald in the film.

The cast of “Superman: Legacy” features David Corenswet as Superman/Clark Kent, Rachel Brosnahan as Lois Lane, Nicholas Hoult as Lex Luthor, 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.

Directed by James Gunn, “Superman: Legacy” is scheduled to be released July 11, 2025.

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December 11, 2023 9:41 pm

I’m looking forward to seeing this version of Lex Luthor. I’m very curious to see how James Gunn makes this Lex Luthor different from any version we’ve ever seen before. How will this version make us “never forget”? I’m so curious and looking forward to more developments.

December 11, 2023 9:53 pm

All I want is a proper post-crisis Lex. Closest we’ve had is Rosenbaum who is still the gold standard for a modern lex for me.

December 12, 2023 1:24 pm
Reply to  sundevil82

I agree, for Live action, but the gold standard for me is Clancy Brown from STAS 😉

December 12, 2023 3:32 pm
Reply to  lcmcbain

Oh if we’re including animated then I absolutely agree lol…. I still wish we had a chance to see Billy Zane play this version in live action! He would have killed it!!

December 16, 2023 2:13 pm
Reply to  sundevil82

Agreed. I want to see a Lex Luthor that is a cross between Michael Rosenbaum’s, Clancy Brown’s, Lex, and be as intimidating and scary as Michael Cudlitz’s Lex. 🙂