Monday, August 26, 2013

Bryan Cranston cast as Lex Luthor, joins Ben Affleck in 'Man of Steel' sequel

Based on his role on "Malcolm in the Middle," you might think that Bryan Cranston might be a strange choice to be Lex Luthor in the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. Take a look at him as Walter White in "Breaking Bad," though, and you might feel he is the perfect choice. reported the news on Monday.

The deal is reportedly set to span at least six appearances. According to the report, the agreement spans at least six appearances and perhaps as many as 10. That number would mean that not only will Cranston be Henry Cavill (Superman's) foil in "Man of Steel" films, he may (will probably?) be involved in any "Justice League" films.

There is no official announcement as yet. That is expected to be made after the conclusion of this season -- the final one -- of "Breaking Bad."

The news comes hot on the heels of the official announcement that Ben Affleck will appear as Bruce Wayne / Batman in the "Man of Steel" sequel, which has brought jeers from fans who may recall his turn as Marvel Comics' "Daredevil." Production on the still-untitled "Man of Steel" sequel is expected to begin in 2014, with a release on July 17, 2015.

Affleck is 41, Cavill 30, which sets up well for a potential learning experience for the relatively newly minted Superman -- vs. the experienced, older Batman.

Mark Strong has also been mentioned as a potential Lex Luthor, but he had a strike against him: He was already known as Sinestro from the disappointing "Green Lantern" film. It's possible, the report said, that he could play that role again, likely in the "Justice League" film, or perhaps in a "Green Lantern" sequel -- or even in the "Man of Steel" sequel, itself.

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