23 June 2009 9:30 PM, PDT | CinemaSpy | See recent CinemaSpy news »

Imagine if criminal genius Lex Luthor had a family he actually cared about. Now imagine a movie where, instead of trying to kill Superman and take over the world, he tried to reconcile with those loved ones over his past misdeeds.

That’s what the premise of the upcoming comedy Father of Invention sounds like to us, although it probably doesn’t help that Kevin Spacey, who recently played Lex Luthor in Superman Returns, is among the ensemble cast. Spacey plays an inventor-turned-billionaire and world-class egotist who serves a prison term after one of his inventions (Let’s guess which one it was: Giant robot? Orbiting death ray beam? Super-intelligent android with a heart made of Kryptonite?) goes crazy.

After being released from the slammer, the character tries to rebuild his fortune as well as repair his fractured relationship with family members—the latter proving much trickier. According to The Hollywood Reporter, »

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