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Bryan Cranston as Superman Villain? ‘I Like Lex Luthor,’ the Actor Says

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Casting iconic characters is never easy, as you’re not only trying to find the right actor for the part, but also attempting to match the huge expectations of the existing audience. Zack Snyder balanced those concerns when selecting Henry Cavill as Superman and Amy Adams as Lois Lane in Man of Steel. While that work is done, now the filmmaker has two more daunting tasks  for the sequel: finding a new Batman and, presumably, Superman’s arch-nemesis Lex Luthor.

Last week, rumors circulated that Mark Strong and Bryan Cranston are being considered for the role of the bald DC Comics villain. Strong spoke about it vaguely, but Metro actually got a little more out of Cranston.

After saying, “Give me a call,” in response to the general idea of playing Luthor, the Breaking Bad star added, “I like Lex Luthor. I think he’s misunderstood. He’s a lovable, sweet man.” If there’s anyone who understands misunderstood characters doing bad things they think are good, it’s Cranston

He did, however, offer one major roadblock to portraying another bald character: his wife. “She wasn’t so keen on the bald head,” Cranston said. “The bald head ages a man. It’s just that she didn’t know me that way, and the last six years it’s all of a sudden like sleeping with a stranger — who was less exciting than her own husband. So I don’t blame her for being upset.”


  • dekko

    Not to disparage either actor – they’d both be great choices- but can people really not imagine an actor for the role who currently doesn’t already have his head shaved? (you know the next person to be the target of speculation will be Harrison Ford once “Paranoia” comes out…)

  • dekko

    My choice (yes, it’s a stretch because you’d have to *imagine* him without hair ;)) …. Daniel Day-Lewis. Boom!

  • Luke

    T̶h̶a̶t̶s̶ ̶a̶c̶t̶u̶a̶l̶l̶y̶ ̶n̶o̶t̶ ̶a̶ ̶b̶a̶d̶ ̶i̶d̶e̶a̶.̶ BEST. IDEA. EVER! Looked up a picture of him and boom shaved head imagined!…..But of course its too good to happen. But fingers crossed though.