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Bryan Cranston Shoots Down Those Pesky Lex Luthor Rumors


If you’ve been following the evolution of the next Superman movie (reportedly titled Superman vs Batman, but that’s a stupid title so I’m going to refer to it as Batfleck Gives Fans Aneurysms: The Movie, or BGFA:TM for short), you’ll know that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has been heavily rumored to play Lex Luthor. Actually, “rumored” doesn’t really get across how sure people have been that Cranston will be villain-ing it up: Sources as reputable as Rolling Stone have picked up the report that Cranston has signed on to play Luthor in not one but six movies.

Well, now the man himself has weighed in. Is he playing Lex Luthor? The short version: No.

Asked about the rumor in a Boston.com interview, Cranston responded:

“I’ve heard that too… Six? This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. ‘What bald guy can we get?’ The reality is they can take any actor and shave his head or put a bald cap on him.”

But… but maybe it’s the six movies thing that’s news to him? Maybe he’s playing Luthor in just one? Hey, it’s not like it’d be the first time an actor has straight out lied about a movie they’re in. As we all know, secrecy is gold when it comes to comic book movies.

*sigh* OK, fine. I’ll treat the rumor that Bryan Cranston will play Lex Luthor as false, unless and until it’s proven otherwise.

But for now:

(via: Digital Spy)

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  • Anonymous

    Well, looking up the yellow pages… ah, there it is… dialling… “Yes, hello there, am I speaking to Mr. Mark Strong?” ;-9

  • frodobatmanvader

    But if he plays Lex Luthor, who’s gonna reprise his awesome role as Sinestro (if) Green Lantern ever gets rebooted?

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    But if he plays Lex Luthor, who’s gonna reprise his awesome role as Sinestro (if) Green Lantern ever gets rebooted?

  • Mina

    Really, the number of rumors about this movie has gotten a little ridiculous considering we’ve only known about it for a couple of months.

  • NickN

    Good. This means he’s still available to play Commissioner Gordon.

  • David Ouillette

    He needs to play Gordon Freeman in a Half Life movie.

  • Anonymous

    He’s a longshot, but I recommend Alan Dale.

  • Stewart Zoot Wymer

    Would be an amazing cast just on physical resemblance and with his skill, I am sure he could easily really inject some character into Gordon Freeman. The guy’s played a drug kingpin and a loveable befuddled dad – I assume he can handle anything in between as well!

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  • Anonymous

    I’d like to hear his Batvoice. But I think we can add him quite comfortably to the nearly infinite list of #PWWBABBTBA.

  • Penny Marie Sautereau

    He’s already voiced Not-Yet-Commissioner Gordon in Batman Year One. I don’t see why he couldn’t do the Bat-Voice.

  • Anonymous

    AND he has a chin, so he’s already just as qualified as Ben Affleck.