Zack Snyder Reveals One Unexpected Name That Was Almost Cast as Lex Luthor: “He Had a Lot of Great Ideas”

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Zack Snyder’s DCEU was praised for many things, first and foremost being bold, but it was also more often than not criticized. Both for the choices of actors and for the creative freedoms he took with the source material.

Speaking of casting decisions, Snyder’s take on the live-action adaptations gave us one of the worst Luthors in the history of portrayals – Jesse Eisenberg. Nothing against Eisenberg of course, he just wasn’t the right fit for that role.

Luthor was heavily referenced in ‘Man of Steel,’ but his first actual appearance was in ‘Batman v Superman’. Even though a lot of people were disappointed with his portrayal of the character, he appeared in the post-credits scenes of ‘Justice League’ and Snyder’s Cut.

Now years after everything has wrapped up, Snyder revealed that there was one notable actor who had extensive talks with him regarding the Luthor role. He revealed that during Happy Sad Confused podcast, presenting his latest movie ‘Rebel Moon.’

Snyder revealed that Leonardo DiCaprio was in a meeting with him regarding the role and that he was really smart about the character and the role. Zack also revealed that it was DiCaprio who pitched him the idea of Superman fighting the Justice League at some point:

I think DiCaprio, had a lot of great ideas actually just in the meeting. I think in the end he was like “you know, I don’t know.” But, he was really smart about the material and really smart about the character. I think he was the one who mentioned to me the idea…about Superman fighting the Justice League at some point. I was like “that’s cool.”

Snyder also revealed that DiCaprio is a huge comic nerd.

The casting obviously didn’t work due to DiCaprio’s lack of interest, but at least Snyder got some really good ideas from it. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!

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