Superman and Lex Luthor go together like Batman and the Joker, so it may come as a surprise that Warner Brothers executives are actively looking to use a villain other than Luthor for the next Superman film project. According to El Mayimbe at Latino Review, the studio is soliciting scripts featuring a new villain from Superman's Rogues Gallery.

Although the studio is listening to pitches, and asking writers to use a different main villain (although it is certainly possible that we could still see Luthor in a minor role), they haven't yet decided on any specific script or villain.

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Warner's seems committed to making Superman into as viable a franchise as Batman is, and it is true that the film responsible for re-inventing Batman, Batman Begins, didn't feature any of Batman's most well-known villains. So, maybe focusing on a villain like Braniac, Metallo, Darkseid, Doomsday, the Toyman or General Zod would work well for the film.

It is worth noting that Kevin Spacey, who played Lex Luthor in Superman Returns, has gone on record as saying that he'll be back for the sequel, tentatively titled Superman: The Man of Steel - which seems to contradict this report. Keep reading and for more news about the next Superman film as it becomes available.