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Bryan Cranston Wasn’t Offered Luthor Role, But ‘Would Have Welcomed It’

Fans heard “Heisenberg,” but director Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. were thinking “Eisenberg” when it came to casting Lex Luthor for their upcoming Man of Steel sequel.

While Breaking Bad legend Bryan Cranston was long rumored to be shaving his head again to play Superman’s arch-nemesis, the studio went in a very different direction by casting The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg. How did it go from Cranston to Eisenberg? Simple: Lex was never in Cranston’s hands to begin with.

“In the minds of fans, it’s true,” Cranston said when asked on The Howard Stern Show whether there was ever any truth to the rumors. “In the minds of the hierarchy at Warner Bros., it’s not true.”

Not to say that Cranston wouldn’t have jumped at the chance to play the iconic villain. On the contrary, the erstwhile Walter White said playing Luthor would have been a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“I was not involved in any of that whatsoever,” he said, “[but] I would have welcomed it.”



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  • Pierce

    “In the minds of the hierarchy at Warner Bros., it’s not true.”

    So in actuality it wasn’t true. Fans are really delusional when it comes to this thing. Any rumor or hint or buzz from some blog or site and suddenly it’s a legitimate fact as if they work for the studios.

    Crantson would’ve been a good Luthor. Maybe they’ll pick him for Gordon. He certainly has the look and demeanor for it I think.

  • Melwing

    I’m sure Eisenberg will be fine (boo, hiss! I know, I know- but I think he will.)

    But this is pretty damn disappointing that it appears they could have had Cranston if they wanted to.

  • foosbaba

    This is why I don’t believe a God exists, or if he does then he is a cruel god. Why was he not offered the role??