[Luthor will] definitely be played by a different person ... I don't know the history as well as the people making the movie, so I guess it's up to them to figure out how much they want to separate it from previous incarnations.
There's no way to play the history of the character played by other people, unless you do some kind of wink, but that doesn't seem like a responsible way to act. (Jesse Eisenberg, 2014)
Jesse, the responsible way to do it is to have an actor be LEX LUTHOR - a strong, assertive, brilliant, evil-genius MAN, and not some scrawny, baby-faced, wimpy lunatic.
I didn’t like Superman Returns but Spacey did an adequate job as Lex.