I really missed Lex Luthor type amazing character in Man of Steel. I was expecting him to contact General Zod for personal benefits.
With Lex Luthor being the iconic villain for Superman, was he present in "Man of Steel"?
Man of Steel makes no direct mention of Lex Luthor, but a panoramic shot does show the existence of the LexCorp tower meaning Lex is probably alive and well. Considering his overexposure during the Christopher Reeve's and Brandon Routh Superman movies, it is just as well he did not show up.
This was addressed by the film's director in an interview with ScreenCrush. In short, Luthor is in the world, we just didn't happen to see him.
Zack: What I was going to say about Lex Luthor was, there is a kryptonite question, too, that floats around the Lex Luthor question. Someone asked me if there's no Kryptonite and there's no Lex Luthor. Well, okay, within the parameters of this story there's no kryptonite or Lex Luthor — but that's not to say they don't exist in the world.