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Report: Bryan Cranston of 'Breaking Bad' will be Lex Luthor in 'Man of Steel' sequel?

by Matthew Price Modified: September 1, 2013 at 11:50 pm •  Published: August 27, 2013
Bryan Cranston arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)
Bryan Cranston arrives at the Vanity Fair Oscar party on Sunday, Feb. 26, 2012, in West Hollywood, Calif. (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

Bryan Cranston is the Man of Steel’s nemesis Lex Luthor, according to a Rolling Stone report via Cosmic Book News.

According to the site, the casting for the “Man of Steel” sequel will be announced officially sometime after the conclusion of the “Breaking Bad” TV series, and Cranston is reportedly set for a six-film deal.  None of this has been confirmed by official sources.

This week, the Internet twisted itself into apoplexy over the news Ben Affleck would join the cast of the sequel in the role of Batman.  Other names reported to have been in consideration were Karl Urban and Tyler Hoechlin.   According to the Cosmic Book News report, Affleck could be contracted for as many as 13 Batman appearances.

Henry Cavill returns as Clark Kent/Superman in the second “Man of Steel.”  The film is set to be directed by Zack Snyder.   The official release date for the film is July 17, 2015.

Cosmic Book news spills out further speculation in the article, which seems more farfetched, but who knows: They indicate Mark Strong was considered for Luthor, but may instead return in a future film as Sinestro, which he played in 2011′s “Green Lantern.”   The site also indicates — and this one seems speculative to me, but stranger things have happened — that Matt Damon is being considered for Aquaman or Martian Manhunter in a future “Justice League” film.  On the other hand, some other sites are calling the entire report — including Cranston’s casting — either incorrect or premature, so we’ll have to wait and see.

Overall, it seems that Warner Bros. is copying Marvel’s successful strategy to a degree: Lock up superhero stars into long-term deals, and interconnect their films.  It remains to be seen if they can match the Marvel success, though if Bryan Cranston’s casting holds up, it may soothe some of the fans for a time.  In the meantime, I’d take the report with a grain of salt.

by Matthew Price
Features Editor
Features Editor Matthew Price has worked for The Oklahoman since 2000. He’s a University of Oklahoma graduate who has also worked at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette and was a Dow Jones Newspaper Fund intern for the Dallas Morning News. He’s...
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