Originally Posted by Tra-El
You're not alone. I never thought of Hanks for the role because of his legend as a likeable persona, but when somebody first mentioned it in here, I couldn't clap hard enough. To me, Phoenix is without a shadow of a doubt, perfection, but Tom Hanks would certainly carve his name into that role and make it his own. I would totally welcome Hanks in that role. Hank's Luthor would be so mysterious in how he'd approach him that I actually want to see it, lol.
I think the closest Tom gets to villiany-generally speaking, is anger. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6M8szlSa-8o
And he can play angry REALLY well.
I think having Hanks play the villian would cast an element of tragedy (and JP probably would as well) and I think Luthor needs that.
He's a tragic figure, not because of what he's experienced (though Birthright gave a good sob story for the guy) but because of who he IS.
He could be arguably the most interesting villian in quite sometime if the writers and director do him justice.