Of course Superman-V.com got to this story way back in November 2004:
It appears Superman has his villian and it’s the usual suspect! That’s right Kevin Spacey will be Lex Luthor. A reliable source has informed us that Spacey is a lock for Lex. Rumours have been circulating for a while but Spacey’s year long term as Artistic Director at the Old Vic has cast some doubts. Latino Review recently reported that the actor has tested with Routh and Spacey himself confirmed he has been offered the part.
"They want me to do it, but it’s just a question of timing and scheduling. I’ve got the things I’m doing with the Old Vic [theatre], but I’d love to work with Brian Singer again. You do those kinds of movies because they allow you to do these (referring to Bobby Darin biopic Beyond The Sea)."
S-V can now exclusively reveal that Spacey has sorted out his scheduling problems and will take time off from his role at The Old Vic to shoot Superman in Sydney next year. This will reteam Spacey with Bryan Singer and mean that Brandon Routh will be battling it out with a two time Oscar Winner who is one of Hollywood’s most respected actors!
CBC Arts reported on this development in January:
LOS ANGELES – Two-time Oscar winner Kevin Spacey has been cast to play the villainous Lex Luthor in the upcoming Superman remake.
Spacey will play opposite little-known actor Brandon Routh, who won the title role.
Kate Bosworth and Kevin Spacey at the London premiere of ‘Beyond The Sea.’ (AP photo)
The film starts shooting March 3, but Spacey will not join the
production until the summer because of his commitments at the Old Vic
Theatre Company in London, where he is artistic director.
When director Bryan Singer took over the project, he and
scriptwriters Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris apparently always had
Spacey in mind for the part.