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Bryan Cranston Laughs Off Lex Luthor Rumor

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Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston may have inadvertently fueled rumors that he’ll play the villain in Warner Bros.’ Man of Steel sequel when he joked last month that, “I like Lex Luthor. I think he’s misunderstood. He’s a lovable, sweet man.” And now, nearly three weeks later, the three-time Emmy winner is trying to rein in some of the speculation.

While speaking with The Boston Globe about starring as Lyndon B. Johnson in the play All the Way, Cranston was of course asked about the widely circulated report that he’ll portray Lex Luthor in no fewer than six movies.

“Six?” the actor laughed. “This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. ‘What bald guy can we get?’ The reality is they can take any actor and shave his head or put a bald cap on him.”

Indeed, the Cranston rumor first surfaced early last month, around the same time famously bald actor Mark Strong (Green Lantern, Sherlock Holmes) was mentioned for the role of Superman’s arch-nemesis.

Although the Globe didn’t seem entirely convinced by Cranston’s dismissal of the report — the writer followed up by asking whether he’d consider calling Gene Hackman for advice about the character — the actor makes it fairly clear his mind is on other, non-Superman-related projects.

Following All the Way, he’ll direct another episode of Modern Family, and then, “I think I’ll relax the rest of the year. There’s some irons in the fire, things that people are talking about, but nothing is set.”

The Man of Steel sequel, which apparently will be called Superman vs. Batman or Batman vs. Superman, is expected to begin shooting in Michigan in early 2014. The film, which stars Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, opens July 17, 2015.


  • James

    Really hope he’s cast as Gordon. Get Stanley Tucci for Luthor.

  • SprechenSieDouche

    Bryan plays the Ultimate Evil Genius, Heisenberg. Mark Strong was Sinestro. Who is a more lethal foe for Batman and Superman? BUT… if you have crappy writers, it doesn’t matter who is playing the part. Without the Breaking Bad writing staff, Cranston couldn’t have taken Walter White to those depths of evil, manipulation, and utilization of science and chemistry.

  • SprechenSieDouche

    You’ve never seen Breaking Bad, have you?

  • James

    Stay out of my territory.

  • Jasper

    Commissioner Gordon is not going to even appear in the film. Last I checked he lives in Gotham City, not Metropolis.

  • demoncat_4

    he would be interesting as luthor or if not luthor can see him as joker in another batman film. or maybe instead of luthor Brainiac,

  • Drew_Melbourne

    Last week there was a report that they’d be shooting in Detroit, and that Detroit would be subbing for both Metropolis AND Gotham.

  • Victor

    i hope this isn’t real too, cause cranston will just be a big waste on a superman movie. hope he just go forwards insteag going backwards.

  • abugadi13

    That would be cool but I would still prefer Michael Rosenbaum the guy who played the young Lex Luthor in Smallville to play as Lex Luthor in the Man of Steel sequel .. and I hope they call it ‘Man of Steel : World’s Finest ‘ :P

  • Falsoman

    I think they may want to go with a younger actor for Lex Luthor. I mean I would love Cranston as Luthor, but they probably want someone who can be charming, good looking, and enough of player to believably steal Louis Lane from superman… Then again, an older, more experienced Luthor who looks more realistically like he could be the president would be awesome.

  • coalminds

    Would love to see Kelsey Grammer get the role.