10 Superman Villains We'd Love to See in the Man of Steel Sequels (and Who Should Play Them)

June 12, 2013
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One of the most anticipated films of the year is "Man of Steel," the new Superman reboot directed by Zack Snyder. In fact, it was named Most Manticipated Film at this year's Guys Choice, premiering Wednesday, June 12 at 9/8c.

Among the many reasons to get excited about the movie, one of them is the performance of Michael Shannon as General Zod. It's just perfect casting, which got us hoping that the film is successful enough to spawn sequels featuring Superman facing off against other members of his famous rogues gallery.

With that in mind, we decided to make the lives of the producers a little easier by not only selecting the villains for future installments of the Superman franchise, but casting the roles as well. If you happen to be one of those producers and you're reading this right now: you're welcome!


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Played By: Billy Zane

Look, I think we can all agree that both Kevin Spacey and Gene Hackman did just fine as Luthor, but at the same time it was hard to take them seriously as a threat to a guy that can fly, punch through walls, see through walls, jump over walls, and…well, you get the picture. Personally, I'll always prefer the portrayal of Luthor as a smooth, corporate big shot as seen in DC's post-Crisis continuity and on the late 1990s animated series. Now that Billy Zane is completely bald, he looks like he was created in a lab with the express purpose of playing Luthor in a movie or television show.


Played By: Larry David

A magical imp from another dimension who will only go away if you trick him into saying his name backwards may be a bit too out there and silly to make it into a movie produced by Christopher Nolan, but boy would we love to see some Silver Age shenanigans on the silver screen. As for who steps into the clown shoes, Larry David would be a great choice. He's not an obvious choice; in fact, it'd be casting against type. On the other hand, having a Mr. Mxyzptlk whose fanciful mirth is replaced by outbursts of rage and anxiety would be ridiculously entertaining.


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Played By: Patton Oswalt

Zack Snyder could have a lot of fun with a villain like Toyman, who uses toy-themed robotics to terrorize the citizens of Metropolis. Just close your eyes, imagine what he looks like, and tell me you don't see Patton Oswalt in those thick coke-bottle glasses.


Played By: Vin Diesel

Mongul was part of one of the all-time classic Superman stories (Alan Moore's "For the Man Who Has Everything") and his "War World" would make for an interesting visual. Also, Vin Diesel isn't in enough big movies where he makes a lot of money.


Played By: Neil Patrick Harris

The evil robot from Krypton (boy, a lot of things survived that planet exploding!) would be perfect for Neil Patrick Harris, who can play him as an ice-cold killer but also imbue him with personality. If he were cast, we'd easily forgive Brainiac doing a song and dance number.


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Played By: Zachary Levi

As a villain, Bizarro is as entertaining as he is deadly. Zach sort of looks like a Bizarro version of Henry Cavill already, and his carefree personality would be a great contrast to Cavill's serious, somber Superman.


Played By: Jon Hamm

A vengeful cyborg powered by kryptonite needs to be played by someone with a powerful and commanding presence. Is there anyone better suited than Don Draper? "This never happened, Superman. You won't believe how much this never happened." It's giving us chills just thinking about it.


Played By: Grumpy Cat

I don't know how this would work, but Grumpy Cat is the perfect fit for a villain whose primary superpower seems to be his ability to maintain an unflinching, 24/7 sourpuss.


Played By: Danzig

In his own title he's a "hero" of sorts, but in almost every other book Lobo shows up in he's an antagonist. He doesn't mean well, nor is he misunderstood. He's just a hedonist consumed by his own wants and needs. This is pretty much the life story of Glenn Danzig.


Played By: A CGI Monkey!

Voiced By: George Takei

The Ultra-Humanite debuted almost a full year before Lex Luthor, making him not only Superman's first regular foe but also one of the first true super-villains in superhero comics. Sadly, this has yet to translate to an appearance in film. Originally just your run of the mill evil scientist, the Ultra Humanite eventually learned how to transfer his brain to different bodies, eventually settling on a big, albino ape. Those old comics were great. As for a sarcastic, intelligent voice for the creature, who would be better than George Takei?

Have any villains and actors in mind for future sequels? Let us know in the comments!