Reports have surfaced that the dream choice to play Lex Luthor in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel has now been cast…
It was a choice so obvious it seemed almost too crazy not to make, but it seems Warner Bros and DC have made the call and will welcome in Breaking Bad actor Bryan Cranston to play the role of Lex Luthor in the new Man of Steel sequel due for release in 2015.
According to a report from Cosmic Book News, Cranston has signed on for a multi-film deal to play the bald nemesis to Superman (and apparently Batman as well), with an announcement likely to happen after the Breaking Bad finale in a few weeks.
Breaking Bad is currently airing its final season and with five episodes to go, the rumors are that DC and Warner Bros. will make the casting official to build off of Cranston’s Emmy award winning performance after the last episode airs.
Cranston has been the leading candidate to play Luthor for the past few weeks, and even the actor hinted that he would definitely take the role if it was offered to him.
With filming set to begin next year, Warner Bros. has been moving fast to cast all of the necessary power players to make this project a go for a July 2015 release date.
Cranston is expected to play Luthor in the upcoming sequel, but also appear in several other DC related films as the character similar to what Samuel L. Jackson has done playing Nick Fury in many of the Marvel related projects, making brief appearances during each film.
This news comes just days after Warner Bros. announced that Ben Affleck would take over the role of Batman in the upcoming Man of Steel 2 film. While the news was met with some immediate backlash, Affleck is said to also have a multi-film deal in place to play Batman in the Man of Steel sequel as well as several other DC films with a potential Justice League movie being produced to battle the money machine Marvel found with The Avengers franchise.
If the casting rumor is true, Warner Bros. won’t make the Cranston news official for at least another month as Breaking Bad will air all the way through to the final episode, which will air on AMC on Sept 29.