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Aug 8 2013 10:15am

Bryan Cranston Tapped to Play Lex Luthor in Man of Steel 2?

Bryan Cranston Lex Luthor

MTV is reporting on a rumor that Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston is being courted to play Lex Luthor in the Superman/Batman Man of Steel sequel. The news was pieced together from a series of very obvious hints tweeted by Latino Review writer El Mayimbe.

If true, the Superman movies just got way more intense and we’re hard pressed to think of a better actor to cast in the role. (Aside from Cranston’s Breaking Bad co-star Giancarlo Esposito, that is.) Although this does produce another problem in that Cranston would probably prove so captivating in the role that you’d actually be disappointed when Superman and Batman triumphed.

Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. could plunder the entire cast for the next movie, really. Imagine if Aaron Paul came along as Lex’s sidekick? (“Yeah Mister Luthor! Yeah, science!”) Hank is the quintessential One Guy Who Never Figures Out Clark Kent Is Superman. And were you injured in the alien attack that leveled Metropolis? You deserve money! Better call Saul.

You could even justify Lex’s attacks on Superman by saying he wants to study Clark’s biology so he can find a “cure” for Walt Jr. Marie would be perfect as a rival reporter to Lois. And Skyler could disapprove of it all! Man, this thing writes itself....

9 comments
Blake Harrison
1. Blake Harrison
"Although this does produce another problem in that Cranston would probably prove so captivating in the role that you’d actually be disappointed when Superman and Batman triumphed."

That, my dear beloved Stubby, is the point in which you had me. I enjoyed every word that followed in this article despite having never seen Breaking Bad.

Cheers, mate.
Christopher Bennett
2. ChristopherLBennett
Bryan Cranston has prior DC experience, having played Lieutenant James Gordon in the animated adaptation of Batman: Year One. If he were cast as Luthor, that would make him the second person to play both characters, after Lyle Talbot in the 1949/1950 movie serials.
Matt Hamilton
3. MattHamilton
I enjoy listening to his voice too and he did a pretty good James Gordon even if the movie should have been expanded a little bit.
Blake Harrison
4. Sanjiv Sarwate
ChristopherLBennett- And he was actually a villain of the week on the 1990s "Flash" series.
Fake Name
6. ThePendragon
Gah! Please no. As much as I love Cranston, no Lex Luthor please! Snyder really needs to avoid Luthor. He's a dead horse, please stop beating him. He's fine as a background character, but please don't make him the main antagonist in any of the new Superman films.
Blake Harrison
7. driceman
Would be excited if Man of Steel hadn't been so atrociously awful...
Blake Harrison
8. Kryptonian85
Mark Strong all the way... no way Cranston should play lex....
Blake Harrison
9. Slurpy
Cranston as Luthor, and have MoS2 have a very trilogy-style ending where Supes loses? Yes, please!

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