Movie News: Bryan Cranston Would've "Welcomed" MAN OF STEEL Sequel's Lex Luthor Gig

Written by Andrew Pollard Saturday, 08 March 2014

Movie News

We’re all well aware that Zack Snyder’s MAN OF STEEL sequel will see THE SOCIAL NETWORK’s Jesse Eisenberg playing Lex Luthor, although many quarters of the online world were calling for BREAKING BAD’s Bryan Cranston to land the gig of Superman’s nemesis. Speaking on The Howard Stern show, Cranston revealed that he would have ‘welcomed’ the job.

When asked if he was ever considered for the Luthor role, Cranston revealed, “In the minds of fans, it’s true. In the minds of the hierarchy at Warner Brothers, it’s not true. I was not involved in any of that whatsoever, but I would have welcomed it.”

So, it appears, despite regular speculation that the the actor was in various stages of talks with the studio, that Warners never seriously considered him for the role, which is certainly a tad surprising. That said, it’s as similarly surprising that Eisenberg got the Lex nod. With BREAKING BAD having pushed the former Hal from MALCOLM IN THE MIDDLE to superstardom, it is a little strange to hear that he was never really considered for Lex Luthor.

Regardless of Cranston’s lack of involvement, the still untitled MAN OF STEEL sequel is moving forward, with production set to start shortly. As well as Eisenberg as Lex, the film sees Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Lawrence Fishburne as Perry White and Diane Lane as Martha Kent.

Snyder’s Batman vs Superman mash-up is currently scheduled for a 6th May, 2016 release. Meanwhile, you can see Cranston in Gareth Edwards' impressive-looking GODZILLA reboot, which hits on 16th May.

Share your comments below or on Twitter @STARBURST_MAG

Find your local Starburst Magazine stockist HERE, or buy direct from us HERE. For our digital edition (available to read on your iOS, Android, Amazon, Windows 8, Samsung and/or Huawei device - all for just £1.99), visit MAGZTER DIGITAL NEWSSTAND.


Suggested Articles:
With Sony’s animated Spider-Man movie currently in development, the film has moved to bring in two
With Amy Pascal recently suggesting that Venom may well end up existing in the same world as the Mar
Following this week’s shocking news that directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller had been fired from
In some rather surprising news, Disney’s currently-in-production Han Solo movie is now back on the
scroll back to top

Add comment

Security code

Sign up today!