Monday, June 24, 2013

First 'Man of Steel 2' casting rumor zooms in: Mark Strong as Lex Luthor

It was rumored last week that Warner Bros. was trying to fast track a sequel to "Man of Steel" for 2014, which would serve as an appetizer for a "Justice League" film in 2015. The rumor mill for that film has begun churning out tidbits, with the first appearing on Monday: British actor Mark Strong is reportedly being considering for the role of Lex Luthor in the "Man of Steel" sequel.

Certainly, we can say that Strong is follically correct for the role. He was also in the film Warner Bros. and DC Comics film "Green Lantern," playing Sinestro.

Of course, this is all still rumor. Despite the fact that Lex Luthor seems an obvious choice for "Man of Steel 2," with a teaser appearing in the first film in the reboot of the Superman franchise, it's not clear that he would appear in the second film.

For one, there hasn't been talk of a storyline being created yet, but with the success of the film, we'd expect a flood of rumors to come.

In its second weekend of release, "Man of Steel" tumbled nearly 65 percent, to $41.2 million. That dropped it below "Monsters University" ($82 million) and "World War Z" ($66 million). Thus far, though, the film has taken in $210 million -- domestically -- on an estimated $225 million budget.

That was a huge domestic drop, nearly reaching the 66 percent drop of the aforementioned "Green Lantern," which is not good news for the film. However, overseas, the film expanded into 52 markets and added $89 million, bringing its overseas togal to $188.3 million. There are some major markets to come, with the movie reaching Australia next weekend, Brazil in July, and Japan in August.

"Man of Steel" stars Henry Cavill (Clark Kent / Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Michael Shannon (General Zod), Russell Crowe (Jor-El), Kevin Costner (Jonathan Kent), Diane Lane (Martha Kent), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White), Antje Traue (Faora) and Ayelet Zurer (Lara Lor-Van).

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