Reports: Bryan Cranston NOT Cast As Lex Luthor; Superman-Batman Film Will Shoot In Michigan
This week, social media and even major news outlets lit up with the report that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston had officially been cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel. But yesterday, MSN News reported that the earlier rumors were complete fabrications.
I reported on the speculation earlier this week, but emphasized that it was just a rumor with a single blog source, and that several other claims in the article were unlikely. (The same blog post said Ben Affleck, who is in fact officially signed to play Batman, will play him in 13 separate films. Even including cameos, that’s a lot.)
Of course, the MSN article does not cite any sources either in disputing the casting claims.
One confirmed report is that Michigan has approved financial incentives for the film, paving the way for it to be filmed in Detroit and around the state. Other recent productions in the area, hit hard by the decline of the auto industry and the economic downturn, include AMC’s Low Winter Sun and Oz the Great And Powerful.
In a statement, director Zack Snyder said Detroit is a “quintessential American city” and “will make the perfect backdrop” for the movie.
The film is a sequel to Snyder’s Man of Steel from this year. It will be the first time both Batman and Superman have appeared in a movie together.
Henry Cavill will reprise his role as Superman. Affleck was announced last week as the new Batman, news that was met with overwhelming criticism from fans.