In recent times, the world has witnessed a significant transformation in Robert Downey Jr.’s appearance. This change has left fans buzzing with anticipation and curiosity about his upcoming projects. Distancing himself from the iconic role that skyrocketed him to fame, Iron Man in the Marvel movies, his recent look has taken many by surprise.

Robert Downey Jr. has always been synonymous with the quintessential hero, with roles like Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes under his belt. However, his latest appearance has sparked a wave of fans advocating for him to portray one of the most iconic villains in DC comics history, Superman’s arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor. It’s undeniable that his tenure as Tony Stark in the Marvel Cinematic Universe propelled his stardom to unparalleled heights. Despite having an array of films to his name, from the neo-noir Kiss Kiss Bang Bang to the fantasy adventure Dolittle, his portrayal of Iron Man remains a fan favorite. While many would love to see him reprise this role in some capacity, there’s a growing sentiment that he might be better suited to take on a Marvel rival’s antagonist role.

Downey’s New Look: A Departure from Iron Man

One of Robert Downey Jr.’s recent social media appearances showcased a drastic change in his hairstyle. For his role in the HBO A24 series, The Sympathizer, Downey was required to shave his head. He shared a video on Instagram where his children, Indio and Exton, were seen assisting in the process. Months later, the actor sports a notably short hairdo, hinting at a possible long-term preference.

Photo published in the Instagram account of Downey Jr.
Photo published in the Instagram account of Downey Jr.

The Lex Luthor Debate

The DC comic universe boasts a diverse array of spectacular villains, from the Joker to Darkseid. However, Lex Luthor stands out as a formidable force. Both Tony Stark and Lex share several similarities, such as their narcissistic genius and immense wealth. While many wouldn’t immediately associate Robert Downey Jr. with the role, his new hairstyle might sway opinions. The last actor to bring Luthor to life was Jesse Eisenberg, who has expressed uncertainty about reprising the role in the DC Universe. Nevertheless, fans seem eager to witness Robert Downey Jr.’s rendition of the infamous DC villain.

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