“For James, I’d do anything”: Smallville Star Wants to Replace Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor Under James Gunn as DCU Head Battles Nepotism Accusations For Keeping Jennifer Holland

Smallville Star Wants to Replace Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor Under James Gunn as DCU Head
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Michael Rosenbaum reveals he wants to play Lex Luthor in James Gunn’s future DC Universe. The Smallville star has portrayed the role in the show, and is open to reprising it should Gunn calls him in.


In a Twitter post, a fan asked Rosenbaum if he is willing to return as Lex Luthor for Gunn’s brand-new DC projects, and the actor replied, “For James, I’d do anything.” Fans would not be surprised to know that Rosenbaum is friends with Gunn in real life.

Michael Rosenbaum
Michael Rosenbaum

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Brand New DC Universe Is On The Horizon

Lex Luthor was portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg in 2016’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot as the main leads. The antagonist is depicted as a young businessman consumed by his obsession to defeat Superman. Because Gunn has been doing a major overhaul of the DC Universe and Cavill is not returning as Superman anymore, it is unlikely that Eisenberg will reprise the role.

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Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor

This leaves the position of Lex Luthor open to any actor at the moment. Gunn and Peter Safran have been working on their future DC projects following the cancellation of certain beloved franchises, such as Cavill’s Man of Steel, Gadot’s Wonder Woman, and Jason Momoa’s Aquaman. One of the plans revealed is a new Superman script that will focus on the early life of the character.


There has been no confirmation so far of other characters appearing in the franchise, and no cast or director has been attached to the project as of yet.

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James Gunn Nepotism Rumors Might Affect Future Casting

James Gunn DC Studios
James Gunn

Fans are questioning Gunn’s reputation for hiring certain people in his projects. The Guardians of the Galaxy director has been accused of nepotism over casting his partner Jennifer Holland in The Suicide Squad and Peacemaker.


Check out these tweets by fans:



While many viewers enjoyed Holland’s performance as Emilia Harcourt, this sets a precedent that Gunn may only be choosing favored people to join in his projects. Now, this gives fans the impression that Rosenbaum is more likely going to be cast as Lex Luthor because of his friendship with Gunn.

Jennifer Holland Peacemaker
Jennifer Holland

There is no problem working with people who like each other, but talent and commitment to the project should be the main priority. Gunn is currently facing a tumultuous time with all the backlash following the earth-shattering announcements over the past few weeks, and the last thing he would want is another controversy.

Meanwhile, James Gunn’s Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 will arrive in theaters on May 5, 2023.


Source: CBR

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Ariane Cruz, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.