Earlier, we reported a rumor about Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston being a possible choice for Warner Brother’s Man of Steel sequel as Lex Luthor, Superman’s greatest foe. It was just a rumor, that had some substance to it, but was easily dismissed (and forgotten) after the news that Ben Affleck would be Batman.
Several sites, including Cosmic Book News, are now reporting that the casting of Cranston is now official, and that the actor has signed on for at least six appearances as the president and CEO of LexCorp. While the news is all but official, Warner Brothers seemingly does not want to make the casting official until Breaking Bad ends its final season next month. While this seems a bit peculiar, it could also be a sign that WB wants to ride on the excitement of the finale and hopefully help differentiate Cranston’s Walter White from The World’s Smartest Man.
It was earlier reported that Ben Affleck’s contract included up to 13 appearances as Batman, so seeing Cranston sign on for six sounds pretty reasonable. It’s not clear how many appearances Henry Cavill is signed on for, but we can assume it’s above ten.
Personally, I love the news and I’m really looking forward to seeing how all of this comes together. Cranston was vocal, yet candid, about his interest in playing the role and, seeing now that he’s officially cast, it’s easy to understand why he acted in such a way. The news also leaves a lot of mystery surrounding the plot of the sequel, as the film would be loosely based upon The Dark Knight Returns, which does not feature Luthor in any capacity.
What are your thoughts on the news? Do you think Warner Brothers is one step closer to figuring out their DC universe?