Bryan Cranston To Play Lex Luthor In 'Man Of Steel 2' [Report]

In the middle of the hoopla surrounding Ben Affleck and Batman, it would appear that Bryan Cranston has accepted the role of Lex Luthor in Man of Steel 2.

The Breaking Bad star's involvement with the picture should come as no surprise to those who have been following the project since its announcement. The actor was asked about the sequel last week, though he refrained from spilling any beans on the subject.

Of course, no one from Warner Bros. or Bryan Cranston's camp has confirmed the news about his casting as Lex Luthor just yet. According to Zap2It, there's a chance the announcement won't arrive until the Breaking Bad series finale rolls around. In other words, you may have to wait until the end of September for confirmation.

If news of Cranston's involvement with the Man of Steel sequel turn out to be true, then the actor could play the villain in approximately six films. The folks at Cosmic Book News seem to think this number might be as high as ten. That's definitely a lot of Luthor in our collective future.

"Cranston truly is a dream casting for Luthor," an anonymous source told the site.

Another intense actor who was reportedly in the running for the villainous role was Green Lantern star Mark Strong. However, it's possible that his turn as Sinestro ultimately worked against him. Insiders believe there's a chance that Strong might return as the evil alien at some point in the future.

Bryan Cranston's involvement with Superman vs. Batman has been overshadowed by Ben Affleck's casting in the film. Although fans have been livid about the actor's role in the project, Man of Steel star Henry Cavill is apparently thrilled to work with the guy.

"Henry Cavill seen here tells me that he is 'more than excited' working with Ben Affleck the new Batman," BBC presenter Kevin Pamplin recently shared on Twitter.

Do you believe that Bryan Cranston is the right person to tackle the role of Lex Luthor in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel? Who would you like to see play the villain?

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