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Rumor: Bryan Cranston To Play Lex Luthor

Submitted by on August 27, 2013 – 11:41 amNo Comment
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A rumor broke last week that Bryan Cranston has already signed on to a multi-picture deal with Warner Bros. to play Superman archnemesis Lex Luthor, including in the upcoming Batman-Superman film which is now starring Ben Affleck as Batman. The news comes from just one blog source, but is now being spread through multiple mainstream outlets.

Though the Cranston casting makes a lot of sense both character-wise and in terms of star power, the Cosmic Book News article features several other casting details and rumors that seem more surprising, including:

  • Cranston will appear as Luthor in anywhere from six to a whopping ten films
  • Affleck will appear as Batman in 13 films(!!!)
  • Matt Damon is being considered for Aquaman or Martian Manhunter

If true, the news of Cranston’s casting will certainly be received with raves by the fan community, which was in an uproar last week over the Affleck casting news. Much of the criticism accused Affleck of not having the gravitas and acting skill to pull off the aging, conflicted Batman inspired by Frank Miller‘s The Dark Knight Returns (or any Batman, really). But the same could not be said for Cranston, who has wowed audiences with his portrayal of chemistry-teacher-turned-meth-kingpin Walter White on five seasons of AMC’s Breaking Bad. So he’s already more than proven that he can handle the role of a bald, criminal enterprise mastermind.

Affleck also has to contend with Christian Bale‘s now-iconic portrayal of Batman from Christopher Nolan‘s Dark Knight trilogy. There are even jokes about dubbing Affleck with Kevin Conroy‘s famous Batman voice from the animated series. Meanwhile, Gene Hackman may have been a fine Luthor in the films starring Christopher Reeve, but there’s never been a portrayal that inspired similar devotion.

What would you think of Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor?

[via Rolling Stone]

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