Possibly following on the heels of the Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie, it is rumored that Warner Bros. and DC are developing an "Elseworlds" Lex Luthor film with Ryan Gosling in final talks to play the Superman supervillain.
The rumor from 4Chan also claims that Joe Wright, known for Darkest Hour, will be directing from a script he co-wrote with his Darkest Hour co-writer, Anthony McCarten, who also wrote the Oscar-award winning Bohemian Rhapsody, as well as The Theory of Everything.
If there is any truth to the rumor, we see that WB is going to continue to develop movies that are not set within the DCEU. The Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie is a standalone flick not a part of any continuity, which apparently will also apply to the Ryan Gosling Lex Luthor film.
Ryan Gosling Lex Luthor movie similar to Joker film?
We also see that, apparently, WB is going to continue going with the villain route in these "Elseworlds" type of films.
Similar to the Joaquin Phoenix Joker movie not having Batman, we can also guess the Ryan Gosling Lex Luthor movie won't have Superman. Interestingly enough, a Metropolis series was said to be in development for the DC Universe streaming service that would focus on Lex Luthor and Lois Lane, and not feature Superman, but there hasn't been any mention of the series in quite a while. Perhaps the Ryan Gosling Lex Luthor movie is incorporating some of those ideas? We can also guess the Ryan Gosling Lex Luthor movie may take place before Superman and Clark Kent come to Metropolis.
Ryan Gosling is an interesting choice to play Lex Luthor. He's certainly a lot different than Zack Snyder's choice to play the Superman nemesis with Jesse Eisenberg. If the rumor is true, Ryan Gosling as Lex Luthor does sound interesting.