Rumour: Bryan Cranston cast as Lex Luthor in Man of Steel 2

The Breaking Bad man's reportedly Superman's nemesis


While Warner Bros and DC are yet to officially confirm the news, insider sources are suggesting that Bryan Cranston has been cast as Lex Luthor in Man of Steel 2 / Batman vs Superman.

The Breaking Bad star has been a fan-favourite dream casting since Man of Steel was announced, but now Cosmic Book News is reporting that the deal is done, and that Cranston has signed on for a six movie deal.

The news will allegedly be made official following the end of the critically acclaimed drama, and will pave the way for a movie role that will see the folically averse star pop up in a number of DC movies ("think of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury popping up in every Marvel movie in the run-up to The Avengers").

Cranston himself has already shown interest in the role, and his comments certainly seem to suggest he has a handle on the man behind the megalomania.

Until Warner Bros or Cranston himself come out and confirm the news, we're still a little dubious - but it's certainly exciting speculation.



Do you think Cranston would be a great choice for Lex? Let us know below...


    • marvelboy

      Aug 27th 2013, 12:19

      Six movies, why does Lex have to appear so much, yes he's iconic but come on there's is better villains for the Justice League

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    • GarthMarenghi

      Aug 27th 2013, 12:35

      Now there's a prime example of imaginative Hollywood casting: "Let's think of some guy who's shaved his head recently." Fortunately I think he'll be very good, but it's depressing that wishlists on sites like Digital Spy were comprised almost entirely of actors who'd played a bald guy once.

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    • batt101

      Aug 27th 2013, 12:40

      So now its Superman vs Batman vs Lex Luthor = Bored already!!

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    • ilikescifi

      Aug 27th 2013, 12:45

      so every bald person now is rumoured to be lex luthor

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    • TwoBobRuss

      Aug 27th 2013, 14:36

      @Marvelboy: It doesnt mean he will appear in six films. Surely thats a standard contract with all franchise movies.

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    • BobTheSkull

      Aug 27th 2013, 16:56

      If this casting is true, I don't really have a problem with it. Other than he's a fair bit older than most of the cast and I imagined Luthor to be younger I guess. I'd have actually preferred Mark Strong, he fits the bill more in my head (going on the DC animated efforts anyway). Hell, just get Clancy Brown to shave his head. That'd be awesome ;D

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    • Murphy0806

      Aug 27th 2013, 17:43

      The fortress of solitude is where?? Alaska??

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    • Hadouken76

      Aug 27th 2013, 19:33

      BobTheSKull...Mark Strong would be a good Lex, but would be too close to his comicbook villain in 'Kick Bottom' . In a perfect world, it would be MIchael Ironside.

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    • ilikescifi

      Aug 28th 2013, 12:11

      Michael Ironside?! that is an EXCELLENT suggestion. I really liked Kevin Spacey as Lex too

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 28th 2013, 18:13

      I have a feeling Warner Bros might cast Cranston to appease the fans who aren't happy with the choice of Affleck. Personally I think Brian would make a better Jim Gordon.

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    • CharsmatcEngma

      Aug 29th 2013, 9:08

      Ironside would be even worse than Cranston. While both good actors Supes and Lex are roughly the same age, so having a 30something Supes and 60something Lex seem irresponsible.

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    • Ali1748

      Aug 29th 2013, 16:24

      Eh I don't see the age difference as much of a big deal, it's not like Lex is going to be throwing down with Supe.

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