Don’t pack your razor away just yet, because it looks like we could be in for a super-treat. Bryan Cranston, 57, star of hit US drama series, Breaking Bad, is reportedly up for the role of Lex Luthor in the 2015 Man of Steel sequel. This news, that has gone viral, is still to be confirmed by Warner Brothers, but is spreading like wildfire.
The actor, much loved for his part as Malcolm’s dad in Malcolm in the Middle, but practically worshipped as Walter White in the Breaking Bad (BrBa) series, has apparently signed a 6-film deal to play Lex Luthor, which should begin filming after Series 6 of BrBa (sadly) comes to an end, next month, according to reports.
The film, claimed to be directed again by Zack Snyder, will feature Ben Affleck as Batman, pitted against Welsh beefcake Henry Cavill’s Superman, in a superhero show down, with Bryan Cranston’s Luthor as Superman’s arch-rival.
Ben Affleck was given a right bat-tering by thousands of resentful Batman fans, via a petition sent out to Warner Brothers, with Affleck deemed by the creator of the petition, “inappropriate for the role.” Suggestions on Twitter were even offered for a better Batman than Affleck, with someone helpfully suggesting their cat, while another suggested Otto from the Airplane! Movie. A further decidedly anti-Affleck individual commented, “Ben Affleck is a metro male with the strength of a wet noodle.” Poor Ben.
But it would be unthinkable to imagine how anybody who loves their villains would have a “BrBa” word to say about Bryan Cranston filling the shoes of his predecessors, Gene Hackman, John Shea, Michael Rosenbaum or Kevin Spacey, although one or two of them cut a mean villain. Personally, I think he will be deliciously evil and will certainly deliver, as expected. People will naturally have their own ideas about Cranston’s capabilities, and that’s fine too.
Twitter users gave much more favorable responses to news of the next reported Luthor than those of Affleck’s:
“Omg Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor in Superman vs. Batman??!! #genius #perfectcasting”
“Bryan Cranston to play Lex Luthor? Oh please let this be true. Couldn’t think of a better person for the role.”
“As if a Superman and Batman crossover could get any better, Bryan Cranston is playing Lex Luther! #literallycantwait.”
There will be something for everyone, from every demographic, with Amy Adams reportedly set to come back as Lois Lane and Diane Lane as Martha Kent.
Another dedicated fan went as far as to create their own teaser trailer for Man of Steel 2, even featuring Cranston, with his now-trademark shaved head. You can view the video here:
Meanwhile, Total Film claims that Cranston is said to have responded to the media conjecture. The Movie guide publication stated that Cranston, “had responded with a mischievous ‘give me a call’,” to see if he was keen on the part of Luthor. Cranston had reportedly said,
“I like Lex Luthor. I think he’s misunderstood. He’s a loveable, sweet man.”
Who is your favourite film or TV Lex Luthor? Would Bryan Cranston playing Lex Luthor sell you on the sequel? Feel free to respond, giving your reasons why.
Written by: By Brucella Newman