During his podcast appearance, Snyder confirmed that he did indeed talk with DiCaprio about playing Lex Luthor. As Snyder put it, “I think DiCaprio had a lot of great ideas, actually, just in the meeting. I think in the end, he was like, ‘Eh, I don’t know…’ but he was really smart about the material.” If you’re wondering what some of DiCaprio’s ideas were in the meeting, Snyder elaborated further, stating: “I think he was the one that mentioned to me this idea about Superman fighting the Justice League at some point and I was like, ‘Oh, that’s cool.'”

Now, I’m not entirely sure what to make of that statement. Is Snyder implying that the whole reason he ended up making a “Justice League” movie is because Leonardo DiCaprio suggested the idea? That sounds … unlikely. Still, the thought of DiCaprio playing Lex Luthor is intriguing. It’s all but certain that he would’ve played the character in a much, much different manner than Jesse Eisenberg. Perhaps DiCaprio’s Lex would be closer to Calvin Candie from “Django Unchained,” one of the few villain characters DiCaprio has played in his career. Or Perhaps DiCaprio would’ve done something completely different. But in the end, DiCaprio clearly didn’t want the part. 

As for the future of Lex Luthor, Nicholas Hoult is set to play the character in James Gunn’s “Superman,” due out July 11, 2025. 

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