With all due respect to Gene Hackman, John Shea, Michael Rosenbaum, Kevin Spacey and all those other dudes who bravely put razor to scalp to become Superman's arch-rival Lex Luthor on the big or small screen, the most picaresque fella for the job might just be "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston.
With his show being officially dunzo and a "Batman Vs. Superman" movie on deck to follow up Zack Snyder's "Man of Steel," well, the planets seem to have aligned on that note indeed! And Cranston is totally down for the job, too, because obviously.
Per Digital Spy, the 57-year-old Emmy winner responded to rumors of himself potentially being in contention for the leading villain role, saying "Give me a call. I like Lex Luthor. I think he's misunderstood. He's a lovable, sweet man."
In Heisenbergish, that roughly translates to:
Alas, cruel cruel world though it is, Bryan Cranston isn't the only man in the proverbial Lex Luthor mix yet. Brit Mark Strong also seems to think he's got it in the bag, telling DS to "watch this space" regarding his potential casting for the role, whatever the heck that means.
Meanwhile, another juicy morsel of "Superman/Batman" casting news came down this week as well. Despite the long and impressive list of potential actor names being tossed around for the next bat suit fitting and Christian Bale's assertion that it's time for him to pass the torch, something like $50 million dollars is reportedly being dangled before him for his reprisal of the role. That'd, um, be a very difficult offer for anyone to refuse, yes? Stay tuned.
The "Batman Vs. Superman" movie is expected to hit theaters in 2015.