Stop Asking for Bryan Cranston to Play Lex Luthor

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Ever since Man of Steel 2 headed for nigh-inevitable development, fans expected Lex Luthor to be a part of the sequel.  They got the punch-fest they desired in the first movie, and now it was time to see Superman’s arch-nemesis.  Luthor has the possibility to be a fascinating character and the best kind of villain: one who believes he’s the hero of the story.  And when seen from a certain perspective, he is.  Luthor has a legitimate problem with Superman, which is “What happens if Superman decides to stop being good?”  There are other factors that remain a consistent part of Luthor’s personality: ego, selfishness, duplicity.  But the citizens of the world should share Luthor’s concern, and to Man of Steel‘s credit, the story does open the door to that interpretation because Superman inadvertently destroyed Metropolis by not taking his roughhousing to a less populated area like outer space.

But there’s very little conversation about the character of Lex Luthor, and more focus on who should play a rudimentary, preconceived notion of Lex Luthor.  There’s a push among fanboys for Bryan Cranston to get the role, and those fanboys need to stop pushing.

breaking-bad-character-portrait-bryan-cranstonThe fan-casting of Cranston is reaching dangerous levels where it’s almost being treated as a given.  Yesterday, a fan trailer for Man of Steel 2 (or Batman vs. Superman or Superman vs. Batman or whatever it’s going to be called) became a viral sensation.  Putting aside the fact that it’s a prime example of “teaser culture“, the trailer was well constructed and a lot of work clearly went into it.  But it cast Cranston as Lex Luthor because that’s as far as the author could see.

This assumption has permeated to the point where The Daily Dot ran a headline today, “Did ‘Breaking Bad’ predict Bryan Cranston’s Lex Luthor casting?”  That’s a horribly misleading headline because it’s missing the word “fan” before the word “casting” (it’s also a bad headline because even if the word “fan” was in there, the answer is obvious).  It’s also linkbait that makes a joke at the end of the article dismissing the claim they put forward in the previous nine paragraphs.  It’s shame because this article casts a shadow over all the serious work The Daily Dot does such as pointing out sexism in the entertainment industry.

The Daily Dot sources Cosmic Book News, a site I’d never even heard of until this morning.  I know that’s arrogant on my part, but it’s even more arrogant for them to claim this casting as fact, and then say Warner Bros. will announce it once Breaking Bad has finished airing.  That’s not a fact.  That’s a rumor.  It will become fact if Warner Bros. confirms it.  Daily Dot and Cosmic Book News are throwing fuel on a fire for people who don’t recognize a crass attempt to garner hits.

Fanboys tend to have limited vision in their casting, and these kinds of stories only play into confirmation bias.  These fans look for physical resemblance first, and talent second.  Cranston couldn’t fit more perfectly into a simplistic ideal of what Lex Luthor should be.  The Emmy-winning actor has played a ruthless bald guy to perfection.  Walter White will go down as one of television’s most memorable characters.  Cranston’s acting talent is immense, and he looks good bald.  What more do you need?

lex-luthor-man-of-steel-comicFor starters, you need a movie that has Lex Luthor in it.  That’s the big assumption: Luthor will be in Man of Steel 2.  This has been confirmed nowhere.  While Luthor is a likely addition to the cast, we could still be surprised by his absence.  Remember when The Dark Knight Rises was in development, and there was heavy speculation that the Riddler would be the villain because he was a top-tier enemy?  But Christopher Nolan went with Bane, a relatively recent character and one who’s most memorable accomplishment is breaking Batman’s back.  Then Nolan reinvented the character to the point where the only remaining characteristics were physical strength and a mask.

But whereas Riddler was one of many well-known villains, Superman fans are only looking for Luthor, and they’re oddly looking for the familiar Luthor they expect.  Cranston superficially fulfills those expectations.  These fans fail to realize that actors don’t like to be typecast.  Breaking Bad has given Cranston unbelievable opportunities, and instead of allowing the actor to show off his range, fanboys want him to do the same role under a different name.  That’s boring for an actor, and then it carries an inevitable comparison of Lex Luthor to Walter White.  I doubt Zack Snyder wants to have his movie stand up to one of television’s greatest shows because they share an actor.

However, let’s assume fans got what they wanted.  By some miracle, Cranston decides he wants to basically do Walter White again, and Snyder has no problem with that.  Here’s what happens: people will see the performance and say, “We’ve seen him do it before.”  Adam already pointed out how wrong fans were when it came to casting Heath Ledger, an Oscar-nominated actor at that point, as the Joker.  It didn’t play into what fans thought the character should be, and some people still refuse to accept his performance because it doesn’t match up with the comics (even though it kind of does; the character resembles Grant Morrison‘s interpretation from Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth).  The comics aren’t the movies, and I don’t know how many times movies have to prove this.  These are supposed to be adaptations, not transfers.  If you want a transfer, watch Sin City, and then witness how unnecessary it is.

Ultimately, demanding anything from Man of Steel 2 is pointless, because if you care enough to complain about every piece of casting, you care enough to see the film.  Instead of trying to get what you think you want, be excited for the possibility of something new.  It may not work out, but casting Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor will be doomed to failure before the razor even touches his hairline.

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  • Person

    Interesting, but I don’t watch Breaking Bad (or much TV at all, really) so I’m not totally averse to him doing the same shtick in Man of Steel 2. Any ideas for who else should be considered?

    • evinrude

      Edward Norton and Billy Crudup both come to mind.

      • K for Kickback

        Bruce Willis?

        I’m joking! (Maybe)…

      • RiddleThemThis

        Nicolas Cage

      • ervin

        he will never come to terms with his bold head

      • Person

        Not sure if his name has ever popped up but I keep thinking Vin Diesel could be a good Luthor.

      • Guy Smiley

        In spite of The Iron Giant, he’s a terrible actor and a terrible choice for Luthor.

      • Guy Smiley

        In spite of The Iron Giant, he’s a terrible actor and a terrible choice for Luthor.

    • Person

      or Ralph Fiennes.

      • enzofloc

        Excellent choice. Probably one Nolan would make. But since WB is in control again, crappy decisions will follow.

    • Bob

      Jason Isaacs or Mark Strong would be great choices IMHO. I’m rooting for Isaacs though; there’s pics online of him bald in case people can’t picture him bald.

    • gar216

      I think that Michael c. Hall from Dexter would make a great Luthor

    • gar216

      I think that Michael c. Hall from Dexter would make a great Luthor

    • gar216

      I think that Michael c. Hall from Dexter would make a great Luthor

  • Julio Navas

    Stop putting your mediocre opinion in every single post.

    • axalon

      This is a film blog, it’s supposed to have opinion. You knew Matt wrote this post before clicking it, what did you think it was going to have?

      • Alan Burnett

        Genius, it’s a film website that posts news and reviews, not a blog. This article would be fine IF Goldberg declared this to be an editorial (which is what this is), but he doesn’t even have the dignity to do that.

      • axalon

        Read the first paragraph: http://collider.com/about/

        This is not just a film news website.

      • Shawn

        The point is, if the opinions suck, it should be.

      • axalon

        You mean if the opinions are not inline with yours?

      • Alan Burnett

        You’re right: according to the piece, the website is “uncalled for” and a “barrage”.

  • http://screenfury.com/ Jeff Rosz

    “These fans look for physical resemblance first, and talent second.”

    Sounds like something Zack Snyder and Warner Bros. would do.

    • Keh-Tai Culbreath

      Well if MOS is anything to go off of, they seem to hold spectacle and visual effects above all else. So, caring more about how something/someone looks over quality certainly sounds like Snyder and Warner’s MO.

      • Guy Smiley

        Except, MoS turned out pretty great and had great casting across the board too.

        At any rate, “resemblance first, talent second” would hardly apply in Cranston’s case. Anyone who’s seen his work would know the guy’s one of the most talented actors working today.

      • Guy Smiley

        Except, MoS turned out pretty great and had great casting across the board too.

        At any rate, “resemblance first, talent second” would hardly apply in Cranston’s case. Anyone who’s seen his work would know the guy’s one of the most talented actors working today.

      • GoldbergIsABoob

        The visuals weren’t very good either. The effects were quite brutal at times.

      • enzofloc

        It was a total train wreck.

  • james

    Completely disagree, Cranston has said on his twitter he wants he role, and that he thinks Luthor is “Misunderstood”, hinting he knows how layered the role will be, and how much fun he’ll have with it. The rest is your opinion, not journalism. Furthermore, with Affleck and Argo costar Cranston on set together there will be less chance the producers change and fuck up the script they will have signed on to film. That you are angry that a character actor who’s worked his ass off and only now reaching deserved stardom and praise is truly baffling. Fans make and break these films, and these kinds of websites, that do more than their own fair share of bullshit speculation, eg “Saoirse ronan must have PASSED on scarlet witch!”, disguised as journalism. Were we championing dicaprio or Bradley cooper for the role, you’d be just as contrary about it. Work harder or quit, you asshole.

    • Tymo55

      “Affleck and Argo costar Cranston on set together there will be less chance the producers change and fuck up the script they will have signed on to film.” Might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever read. I’m sorry, but that makes no sense.

      • james

        You’ve never heard of mid-shoot studio interference? Or Actors with enough clout on set that they can refuse to adhere to artistic changes they know are total BS? You mustn’t read much about movies…..

      • GrimReaper07

        Those are very strange exceptions to the rule though. I do find it funny that Affleck will have to adhere to a script written by such a mediocre writer as Goyer though. I’d much rather he did make changes to the script.

      • Nerdgasm

        Normally you have to have a strong history of being a producer and be a producer on the film to have the “clout” as you so put it. Cranston doesn’t have that and won’t. RUMOR is Ben most likely will [as he'll be a producer]and it’s not as simple as “Im ben affleck I don’t have to do that!” he has to help with coming up with another plan and if it doesn’t work then they continue as planned. but agains Cranston won’t have that Clout… I am sure Ben will be producer on it… Rumor says He’ll be a producer cause rumor is Batman will act as their Iron man/Nick Fury so he’ll have say in story and all that jazz… Rumor is they may try and court him for Directing on JL…again all Rumor… but it’s not as simple as them REFUSING..that’s not the appropriate word for it – they need to have a better plan. they don’t throw the pages back at the writer and say “Change it the actor don’t like it!” They need to be a part of the creative make up.

    • GrimReaper07

      I love Cranston, but he did say he loved Total Recall’s script and that the film would be much better than the original.

      • Greyson

        he was also in a hemorrhoid commercial

  • Pk

    I rather he was cast as jim Gordon in the new batman reboot.

    • Kevin

      He already played him in Batman: Year One.

      • Pk

        That was just a voice over and he was awesome in it

  • Tommy O’Brien

    So let me get this straight? You’re saying Bryan Cranston isn’t perfect for this part? This entire article is a thin mask of you saying you don’t approve of the reports that Cranston is being offered the part. Simply because you don’t approve of him in the role, it doesn’t mean the other fans excited for this prospect have to stop. I say you stick to post news articles and stop offering bias.

    • Tymo55

      Cranston ISN’T being offered the part! It’s entirely speculation! You’re just making it worst on yourself by thinking he is.

      • Tommy O’Brien

        The rumors I see are looking strongly in his favor. Saying he isn’t is also purely speculation.

      • GrimReaper07

        Around 15% of rumors that fly around the internet are true.

      • Me

        That’s too generous IMO. I’d say approx 2% are true

      • Tymo55

        OK, you want me to revise that? There’s maybe a 5% chance he gets cast, and that’s being reasonable. I’m so sure he won’t be Lex Luthor in this movie that I’m willing to put money on it.

      • Tommy O’Brien

        Alright well I’m pretty sure he’ll be cast based on former collaborations. If you don’t believe so that’s fine. I however believe he will be Lex Luthor and I’m very excited for it.

      • Tymo55

        I’m just saying, don’t get your hopes up, because it’s highly unlikely.

      • Guy Smiley

        Again, maybe… Maybe not. Why is it so “unlikely”? Do you have some insider knowledge?

      • Guy Smiley

        Again, maybe… Maybe not. Why is it so “unlikely”? Do you have some insider knowledge?

      • Me

        Before there is any chance the studio has to confirm Lex Luthor is a character in the movie 1st…

      • Guy Smiley

        What a huge dare… All on the anonymous interwebs

        Based on his apparent interest, his talent, his current star power, and all the rumors that the studio has yet to deny, I’m guessing he is going to get the part. But I could just as easily be wrong. For all we know, maybe there won’t even be a Luthor in the next movie.

      • Guy Smiley

        What a huge dare… All on the anonymous interwebs

        Based on his apparent interest, his talent, his current star power, and all the rumors that the studio has yet to deny, I’m guessing he is going to get the part. But I could just as easily be wrong. For all we know, maybe there won’t even be a Luthor in the next movie.

      • Guy Smiley

        You don’t know that he ISN’T being offered the part. Cranston’s has said that he’s interested, and while nothing’s official yet it’s also pretty interesting that neither WB nor anyone else involved with the film has denied the rumors.

        That’s not to say that he will be cast, or that Luthor will even be in MoS 2, but at this point there’s no reason to think he won’t be either. Let’s just wait and see.

        If Cranston does get the part, I’d bet they’ll make it official right around, or right after, Breaking Bad’s final episode.

      • Guy Smiley

        You don’t know that he ISN’T being offered the part. Cranston’s has said that he’s interested, and while nothing’s official yet it’s also pretty interesting that neither WB nor anyone else involved with the film has denied the rumors.

        That’s not to say that he will be cast, or that Luthor will even be in MoS 2, but at this point there’s no reason to think he won’t be either. Let’s just wait and see.

        If Cranston does get the part, I’d bet they’ll make it official right around, or right after, Breaking Bad’s final episode.

    • http://screenfury.com/ Jeff Rosz

      Goldberg may just be trying to say in an ineloquent, rambling sort of way that he fears the studio might be pushed in that direction, thus impacting any creative process. I had the same concern for about a minute, but then realized Hollywood does whatever the hell they want so that would be highly unlikely.

    • Me

      You seem to miss the point.. The article is basically saying don’t buy internet BS rumors.. Basically if the studio doen’t say it in a press release than it’s rumor..

    • Me

      You seem to miss the point.. The article is basically saying don’t buy internet BS rumors.. Basically if the studio doen’t say it in a press release than it’s rumor..

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    I personally think Cranston should play Lt. Gordon and have Mark Strong as Luther. Cranston would make an amazing Gordon and apparently has voiced him in one of the DC animated films. Granted Mark Strong has already been in a recent DC adaption in Green Lantern it may be tricky if they decide to incorporate that film into the MOS universe.

    • Person

      OOH Mark Strong, did not even think of him. He would be sick. Screw Sinestro haha

    • brNdon

      That won’t work if Ryan Reynold’s Green Lantern ends up being part of this universe since Strong already plays Sinestro.

      • Guy Smiley

        Now THERE’S something that’s “highly unlikely”!

  • Pk

    Besides I thought mark strong was a contender to play the role

    • LooksLikeAGoodFit

      I can see that

    • Guy Smiley

      Rumors have flown about both Strong and Cranston.

      I’d be fine with either one, but Cranston’s the hotter commodity right now. Breaking Bad’s far more popular with both viewers and critics than Low Winter Sun… And with good reason

    • Guy Smiley

      Rumors have flown about both Strong and Cranston.

      I’d be fine with either one, but Cranston’s the hotter commodity right now. Breaking Bad’s far more popular with both viewers and critics than Low Winter Sun… And with good reason

  • Stefan Bonomo

    I agree with you that people are taking everything way too seriously, and that people need to stop assuming everything’s confirmed until its, well, actually confirmed.
    That said, I do personally like Bryan Cranston playing Lex Luthor and I really like him as an actor. He has expressed interest in playing the character, and I think he will be great. He also has experience at Warner Bros. given he was in Argo recently which was by……Ben Affleck……wait…….

  • Pat goldbergfeinstein

    Goldberg’s opinion is to not cast Cranston because he was already been bald and a villain. Sounds logical. I’m glad they didn’t cast Tom Hardy because he played a crazy brute and other villain roles. Oh wait.

    • T-Mo

      Lets be honest Tom Hardy did about as much acting in Rises as David Prowse did in Star Wars. Although I do think Cranston would do well as either Lex Luthor or Lt. Gordon I refuse to believe any news regarding his involvement until it is officially confirmed by WB.

      • Doug_101

        Have to disagree with you on the Hardy bit. He did so much acting and emoting with just his eyes. I thought he did a fantastic job as Bane. The movie certainly wasn’t perfect by any means, but Hardy was great.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        There are two big differences between Hardy and Prowse. First, he provided the voice. Second, you could see his eyes.

        It seems odd to indicate someone didn’t have to do much acting because we couldn’t see their mouth move.

  • Aleksandar Bobic

    And somehow sin city is bad?Jackass article…

    • RiddleThemThis

      I don’t think he meant it was bad, I think he was just saying that if you read it, there’s not a whole lot of reason to watch it or vice versa.

      • Aleksandar Bobic

        That sounds like a complaint,and its the first one when the movie is too faithfull to the comics.Thats kinda cynical.

    • Guy Smiley

      That’s Our Goldberg!

  • Matt1

    Can someone PLEASE make Goldberg go away?

    • hunjee

      pray for another holocaust?

      • indy42

        You’re a terrible person.

      • Smash-It Sid

        This right here is why I don’t usually scroll down on Collider articles. That’s, it I’m out. I can’t deal with the fucking circus…..

  • WW2k3

    How about, we all stop hoping/pushing/wishing Cranston lands the role of Luthor (in any capacity) as soon as you stop writing. Anything. At all.
    Cool?

  • Dev1359

    The problem I have with Cranston as Luthor is his age, at 57 he’s just wayyy too old. I would prefer a younger Lex who is physically fit and sort of mirrors Superman in some ways as he sees himself as Metropolis’s favorite son. Lex Luthor shouldn’t be pushing 60 when Superman is a 30 year old.

    In fact his age makes him an even better candidate for Commissioner Gordon considering we’re gonna be seeing an older Batman in this universe.

  • Kyle Huttson Knaus

    MICHAEL C HALL AS LEX LUTHOR

  • Jimmy

    I vote Billy Zane.

    • Person

      I remember him being considered for one of the failed movies or Returns back in the day. I think.

    • Ridge

      Totally agree! let’s start pushing Zane for Luthor

  • ACallCreative

    It’s interesting that so many sites are now posting these “The Bryan Cranston casting is a rumor” pieces. Unless you really, really know what’s happening, and that casting is or isn’t final, then all these pieces are just fluff.

  • Prasanna Rajan

    Every single fan has an opinion to say. But whoever they cast, at the end of the day everyone is gonna watch the movie. If history has taught us anything, fan outcry did not replace Michael Keaton. Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston are cast because they did movies for Warner Brothers before. So it is a business decision people!

  • Faptain America

    Don’t worry, it won’t be Cranston. He’s got entirely the wrong look for Luthor. His face is too craggy.
    Goldberg does have a point though. Fans are voting for bald actors as if a non-bald actor can’t just shave his head and play Luthor. Any name-brand actor who is aged 35-50, male, looks good in a suit, and can play a convincing genius/megalomaniac can be Luthor.

  • Mr. Samsonite

    “If you care enough to complain about every piece of casting, you care enough to see the film.”

    Likely the first and last time in the history of man that I will ever agree with anything said by Matthew Evelyn Goldberg.

    • Mr. Samsonite

      “It may not work out, but casting Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor will be doomed to failure before the razor even touches his hairline.”

      aaaaaand, it’s gone.

      It seems a bit hypocritical to criticize people for complaining about casting, while you’re sitting here writing a dissertation on casting that possibly might not even happen.

  • Killabee

    Agree a hundred percent plus I believe Orlando Bloom would be a fantastic choice. The guy can pull off two-faced businessman. Everyone would hate it at first lik Affleck but he’d still be my choice.

  • Bill

    These “Bryan Cranston Isn’t Lex Luthor, Those Websites Are Just Looking for Link Bait” articles are link bait articles themselves.

  • M&M

    Hey, everybody! Did you hear Bryan Cranston’s been cast as Lex Luthor in the new Supes v. Bats movie?!!!!

  • Bill

    “Superman fans are only looking for Luthor, and they’re oddly looking for the familiar Luthor they expect.”

    The familiar Luthor they expect? Based on the fan trailer, the Luthor people expect in the Man of Steel sequel is very different from the versions played by Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey. No real estate schemes. No jokey henchmen. Just a man who sees Superman as an alien threat and believes that he is the one man who can protect Earth from the alien menace.

    The people who expect the familiar Lex Luthor are the same people who expected Snyder’s version of Superman to save cats and be their best friend, just like the character was in the Donner movies.

    • Keh-Tai Culbreath

      I just expected Superman to have a personality, behave heroically, and act with some level thought…boy was I surprised. As for Lex, I don’t think anyone is expecting/wanting the Hackman version of Luthor, the version of Luthor people are expecting is the same version you’re describing which is why everyone wants Cranston.

      I’m not agreeing with Goldberg, I personally am not interested in the MOS sequel so I don’t care, but I think he’s trying to say that when people raise their hopes/expectations they make it difficult to lend themselves to the possibility of being pleasantly surprised by something different. That said, Cranston would do a great job either way and I doubt WB is looking to introduce a Lex that isn’t to some degree what the comic fans expect.

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  • Jon

    I for one actually agree with Matt on this (for once).

    Cranston is great. He kills it on Breaking Bad. He’s an absolute delight to watch. But there definitely seems to be this air of “He’s bald and bad on this show. This makes me think of Lex Luthor. He should play Lex Luthor.” It makes you wonder if his name would even have come up even the character of Walter White was not bald. “Hey Brian you know that series you just finished up where you play a bald badass? Can you come do that again over here in our picture?”

    Inevitable comparisons will be made. I can definitely already see reviews of the sort: “Cranston does the best he can with David Goyer’s stale dialogue, but even his best Walter White impression couldn’t save this movie. Lex Luthor is Walter White light.”

    The other things is that it really does just seem like speculation at this point. He is a fan favorite, but the last time I remember a fan favorite being cast was Patrick Stewart as Professor X.

    If he gets cast, fine I guess, but I think I would like to see someone else in the role.

  • K for Kickback

    1. Breaking Bad is practically an unauthorized biography of Lex Luthor.

    2. Bryan Cranston has said in a series of interviews he would like to play the role.

    3. As sure as Hell he would NAIL the role.

    So calm the %4&* down, Goldberg!

  • Keh-Tai Culbreath

    Much like the rest of Hollywood WB has given in to stunt casting before, though I don’t care at all about the next MOS movie, I feel it should be noted that it isn’t entirely implausible that they’d cast Cranston in an attempt to gain buzz, attract a wider audience, and/or appease fans.

  • Wega

    I said it before, and I know it is just wishful thinking… but what if it was all a plan to cover that the hired Affleck to play Luthor and Cranston to play Batman? Just think it for a minute and tell me it wouldn’t be GREAT.

    • RiddleThemThis

      That wouldn’t be great

  • Person

    They should just cast Matt Damon if he’s still bald from Elysium.

  • Amange Rasul

    Timothy Olyphant for Lex Luthor

  • justkiddingnobutseriously

    We’re gonna fckng push

  • Chescone

    AGREED! WALTER WHITE IS ONE OF A KIND.

  • Chescone

    AGREED! WALTER WHITE IS ONE OF A KIND.

  • Chescone

    AGREED! WALTER WHITE IS ONE OF A KIND.

  • Jordan O’Hagan

    Does Matt really think this article is going to make any difference? Geesh.

  • Jordan O’Hagan

    Does Matt really think this article is going to make any difference? Geesh.

  • John

    I just cant respect Matt. He seems to be trying too hard to become the new and “improved” Armond White. Can’t even read a news article of his without his opinion thrown all over it

  • John

    I just cant respect Matt. He seems to be trying too hard to become the new and “improved” Armond White. Can’t even read a news article of his without his opinion thrown all over it

  • John

    I just cant respect Matt. He seems to be trying too hard to become the new and “improved” Armond White. Can’t even read a news article of his without his opinion thrown all over it

  • poppincherry

    assholes! It was announced last week that Granston WIL be playing LL! Matt, get your shit straight dude!

  • poppincherry

    assholes! It was announced last week that Granston WIL be playing LL! Matt, get your shit straight dude!

  • Kpaqu1

    Tyrese Gibson is a better fit for the visual spectacles that Snyder creates. INB4 Idris Elba.

  • hunjee

    cranston is probably the best actor in the world today, this has nothing to do with “looking the part”…this has every bit to do with Cranston making anything he touches into gold. heck his role in that crappy total recall remake was the only saving grace of the movie outside of the fact that beckinsale is hot and some top notch cg.

  • Mr. Samsonite

    Hey Cockberg, way to delete my comment you censoring asshole.

    “If you care enough to complain about every piece of casting, you care enough to see the film.”

    Probably the first and last time in history I’ll agree with anything Matthew Evelyn Goldberg says.

    “It may not work out, but casting Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor will be doomed to failure before the razor even touches his hairline.”

    aaaaaaaand, it’s gone.

    It seems a bit hypocritical of you to criticize people’s whining about casting for a movie as you sit here and write a dissertation against about casting that may not even happen.

  • Mr. Samsonite

    Hey Cockberg, way to delete my comment you censoring asshole.

    “If you care enough to complain about every piece of casting, you care enough to see the film.”

    Probably the first and last time in history I’ll agree with anything Matthew Evelyn Goldberg says.

    “It may not work out, but casting Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor will be doomed to failure before the razor even touches his hairline.”

    aaaaaaaand, it’s gone.

    It seems a bit hypocritical of you to criticize people’s whining about casting for a movie as you sit here and write a dissertation against about casting that may not even happen.

  • Mr. Samsonite

    Hey Cockberg, way to delete my comment you censoring asshole.

    “If you care enough to complain about every piece of casting, you care enough to see the film.”

    Probably the first and last time in history I’ll agree with anything Matthew Evelyn Goldberg says.

    “It may not work out, but casting Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor will be doomed to failure before the razor even touches his hairline.”

    aaaaaaaand, it’s gone.

    It seems a bit hypocritical of you to criticize people’s whining about casting for a movie as you sit here and write a dissertation against about casting that may not even happen.

  • Bob

    I would not mind Cranston but I would rather Jason Isaacs or Mark Strong. Isaacs more.

  • Bob

    I would not mind Cranston but I would rather Jason Isaacs or Mark Strong. Isaacs more.

  • $TƎVE ✞ ∆URiC

    why you mad tho? lOL

  • $TƎVE ✞ ∆URiC

    why you mad tho? lOL

  • $TƎVE ✞ ∆URiC

    why you mad tho? lOL

  • Kale

    Matt, Good editorial, but one reason not to hire Cranston is not that he’s done it before, but eventully the formula would grow stale. Some good choices, however would be Mark Strong, Bill Nighy, Michael Fassbender, or Guy Pierce. But then again, do we really want to see another interpretation of Lex Luthor. How about a villain from the comics or even a new villain, that’s not based off anything. Or what’s not to say that what if Batman needs help in Gotham City. Anything is possible, and until something happens, nothing can be jumped to conclusions.

  • Kale

    Matt, Good editorial, but one reason not to hire Cranston is not that he’s done it before, but eventully the formula would grow stale. Some good choices, however would be Mark Strong, Bill Nighy, Michael Fassbender, or Guy Pierce. But then again, do we really want to see another interpretation of Lex Luthor. How about a villain from the comics or even a new villain, that’s not based off anything. Or what’s not to say that what if Batman needs help in Gotham City. Anything is possible, and until something happens, nothing can be jumped to conclusions.

  • Kale

    Matt, Good editorial, but one reason not to hire Cranston is not that he’s done it before, but eventully the formula would grow stale. Some good choices, however would be Mark Strong, Bill Nighy, Michael Fassbender, or Guy Pierce. But then again, do we really want to see another interpretation of Lex Luthor. How about a villain from the comics or even a new villain, that’s not based off anything. Or what’s not to say that what if Batman needs help in Gotham City. Anything is possible, and until something happens, nothing can be jumped to conclusions.

  • Clark

    lmao it’s going to be funny when they pick someone fans weren’t expecting. I think I see another petition coming for Lex Luthor. I really hope they don’t listen to fans, movies tend to do much greater without their input. Spider-man 3 had fan input and that movie was a freaking disaster.

  • doctor_robot

    hmm… i had a brain fart when i read mark strong. forgot who he was. googled him. yup… he’d be a great lex.

  • $_$

    So Man of Steel was one big Sears commercial, while Batman vs. Superman will be cashing in on prepubescent fanboy wet dreams. Here’s an idea, do an actual Superman movie, and one that doesn’t involve Zod or Lex Luthor for the umpteenth time.

    • GvF

      So it had a Sears logo in frame for about three seconds and you proclaim the film to be one giant commercial for said product? All.Movies.Have.Product.Placement. Get over it.
      And I assume by “actual Superman movie” you mean a film that completely adheres to your particular perception of the character? These entitled fan-boys are getting truly annoying…

  • brNdon

    I think the big problem with this article is suggesting that Cranston couldn’t bring Luthor to life, but instead only play Walter White in Superman’s universe. I think Cranston would be a great Luthor without playing Heisenberg.

    Plus Lex Luthor doesn’t have a goatee.

  • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

    But he’s played a villain with a shaved head before. How could he not be perfect for the role?

    • Mickey

      Just give it to Frankie Muniz. He was the real star on Malcolm in the Middle.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        I like this idea. I just might scoop this to Latino Review

  • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

    I think Lex should be a digital creation brought to life using state of the art 3D mo-cap…and he should be blue skinned… kinda feline looking in the face… with long black hair with this nifty nerve system thing-a-ma-bob at the end that allows him to talk to god and the trees. He should ride a dragon too. BTW this is James Cameron. Hi!

    • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

      Damn it James Cameron! Stop hijacking my profile!

  • Theodore Trout

    Cranston is a gifted actor who would probably create a Luthor completely distinct from previous interpretations or other characters he has played.
    His inclusion would be the only thing that MIGHT actually persuade me to buy a ticket for this dogshow.

  • Robby Richmond

    Daniel Craig.

    • ʝoe Đenniş ßloggs

      Hmmm…that doesn’t sound like a bad idea at all.

  • Robby Richmond

    To be honest you could cast Meryl Streep with 30 dildo selotaped to her body it wont make a blind bit of difference with that ballbag directing.

    • Theodore Trout

      Thank you, sir.
      You’ve made my day.

  • Chris Diaz

    This article is absurd because you assume every single person that will see the movie watches Br Ba. Also saying Walter White and Lex Luthor are both bald “villains” so they are the same character is outrageous. Just how you say it’s ridiculous for people to assume he’s going to be in the next movie, it’s ridiculous for you to assume how they are going to write and portray Lex. And to say Cranston couldn’t play him differently from WW is an insult. Go home Goldberg. You’re drunk.

  • pinkincide

    Clearly, Ben Affleck should also play Luther. The correct answer to any casting question is Ben Affleck, so shut up and take your Affleck.

  • Roy Batty

    suck it Goldberg, we will do anything we FUCKING WANT!!!

  • Al

    I kind of….sort of get what you’re getting at….but the headline, jesus you’re such a jerk. How can you be sure they aren’t looking into the character and stopping at Cranston? How can you tell people off just for wanting a different Luthor then you do? I can get behind a conversation on who you want as Luthor vs. who others want, but you’re taking such an abrasive stance here.

    Yeah, you may not be loved Goldberg, but you’re fueling the fire for the hate. You took made the article about telling people off where if it was just your opinion and an open conversation, people wouldn’t mind – hell, they might like it. But you’re trashing people and giving more reason to trash you.

  • Christian Allen

    Goldberg, please do the film community a favor and go away. Just go. Now. Uh uh uh! Go away! Seriously, everything you say is just pure and utter nonsense. Please leave and never come back.

  • Christian Allen

    Goldberg, please do the film community a favor and go away. Just go. Now. Uh uh uh! Go away! Seriously, everything you say is just pure and utter nonsense. Please leave and never come back.

  • Scurvy

    People are just looking for something to distract them from memeing batfleck.

  • mike_thoms

    Walter White is basically nothing like Lex Luthor and the fact that you think that tells me you shouldn’t be writing for an entertainment news website. For starters their motivations, at least within the confines of the two stories is different. Walter initially did what he did for his family. Lex does what he does, in reaction to Superman, because there is finally someone who is more powerful than he is. For Walter White everyone is more powerful than he is when Breaking Bad first started. For Lex power and wealth have always been his until someone comes along who might be powerful enough to take it all from him, even though we all know that is not what Superman wants.

    So no, it wouldn’t be Cranston doing a part we’ve already seen him do really. Just because someone plays a villain twice doesn’t mean he’s playing the same part. Is Jack Torrance the same character as The Joker just because they were both played by the same actor?

  • MorganFleurDeLys

    Collider…..criticizing another site for using “linkbait”. Hilarious.

  • Bones

    It’s not just the fan boys who want him to play Lex Luthor Bryan Cranston said himself he’d be interested in playing Lex Luthor.

  • Migz13

    Billy Zane as LEX LUTHOR!! Cranston should be Jim Gordon!

  • Samson

    blow me

  • Arthur

    What i cant understand about this article is why Matt just assumes that by Bryan Cranston being cast he will play Lex Luthor as he does Walter White. Why? Just because they’re both bald, obviously he pulls off the bald look incredibly well and no doubt that’s the main interest in him other than the fact that he’s a great actor, but why cant he be bald and play Lex Luthor differently. Its very presumptuous to just assume that the only villainous performance he can pull off is Walter White. WB will likely surprise us and pick someone different anyway.

  • mattritchey

    Well thought out and well-argued.

  • Littertray

    He may not be a big name actor, but most people agree that the best thing about Smallville was Michael Rosenbaum’s version of Lex Luthor. He is of the right age to fit into the film universe and we know he can play the part. Throwing a big name actor into a part dosn’t always work. Kevin Spacey as Lex is a good example.

  • Ty

    Bryan Cranston for Lex Luthor. Because I don’t like being pushed around.

  • Seanpb

    I’ve a candidate for Lex Luthor from left field.

    I envisage Lex as he has often been depicted in the comics: broad, with a powerful physique. He’s athletic, well built. He’s got charisma and charm. He rules the media, industrial and the political landscape because of his intelligence, aforementioned charisma and wealth.

    He also needs to be a bit loopy and quirky at times, after all, he is addressesing the fanciful notion of a superhuman being and how he, a human, will curtail his influence

    There is a man who’s resume is starting to look pretty damn good. People’s perceptions of him are beginning to change. It’s starting to become apparently he’s a pretty decent actor.

    Matthew McConaughey. I reckon he would be a good fit for the high flying, wealthier than god industrial type who has no competition to his status as most powerful human being on Earth. Except for this alien.

  • isakglasses

    amazing article except where you said sin city is unnecessary,that’s not called for that was an amazing movie that i loved more because i always wanted to see the comic played out on tv and thats what they did

    • Arnprior

      Was just about to write the exact same thing. Here I am getting increasingly horrified that Matt Goldbooger wrote something I agree with, but then he dumped on Sin City and the universe was right again.

  • Patrick Clifton

    The entire premise of this article only works if fanboy shave any sway.

    Sorry to break it to you…

  • http://www.brndbl.tumblr.com/ Ryan Donnell

    My quiet push has been for Mark Strong for Lux Luthor.

  • Solid Snake

    Yeah I mean why would we push for him? He only is an amazing actor that can look like Lex Luthor and that plays bad guys very well so why don’t we go for someone else just for the sake of it?

    If fans are pushing for him there might be a reason….

  • Guest

    And please stop mentioning the casting of Heath Ledger as a reason for not criticizing any other casting.

    I’m sure you can find people that jumped from the 10th floor of a building and survived doesn’t mean you have to try it.

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  • milo

    His role on Breaking Bad is really the same character as Lex Luthor? Really?

    • Arthur

      Apparently, according to Matt Goldberg. It seems despite the fact that Bryan Cranston is an excellent and versatile actor who can perform both dramatic and comedic roles so well, it seems that Cranston would somehow have difficulty playing Lex Luthor differently from Walter White. He just wouldn’t be able to help himself once he goes bald he can only be Heisenberg, he couldn’t possibly try to be Lex Luthor it would be too hard for him.

  • Guest

    Another tiresome Matt rant. I cant think of another writer i disagree with more on all the movie sites I visit. Byran is a stunning acting, Matt you dont know much about acting if you think he will just settle to replay Walt again. I mean there is no logic that idea, we arent talking about Bruce Willis here, who only has one acting ‘mode’. Which makes your whole argument and the rest of what you wrote flawed. Even if Byran got the job why would he just play Walt again? Its not like the two characters are even remotely the same.

  • Guest

    Another tiresome Matt rant. I cant think of another writer i disagree
    with more on all the movie sites I visit. Bryan is a stunning acting,
    Matt you dont know much about acting if you think he will just settle to
    replay Walt again. I mean there is no logic that idea, we arent talking
    about Bruce Willis here, who only has one acting ‘mode’. Which makes
    your whole argument and the rest of what you wrote flawed. Even if Bryan
    got the job why would he just play Walt again? Its not like the two
    characters are even remotely the same.

  • notreallyafanbutexcited

    I don’t want to see “Breakman vs. Superbad” movie …. Heisenberg is too iconic, too good and too recent.
    I do want a Lex Luthor, who is Lex Luthor and not Heisenberg, when watching the movie.
    Sure Cranston would bring a magnificiant Luthor, but it would be “Heisenberg” too in the end.
    Even if Luthor will not appear in MoS2, he probably will in part 3 ( if there will be one ).
    It will be interesting though anyway, what Snyder will do with Superman and Batman, andwhere this trilogy (?) will take us.

  • Maybe

    If Lex Luthor is in Man of Steel 2 it may be a case of Ben Affleck as Batman all over again. That is, Warner Bros. will announce the actor cast as Luthor and it will be a surprise that no one saw coming.

  • thatguy

    I’m going to agree with Goldberg. I think the best casting should be a bit unexpected. Someone who doesn’t already personify the role but has the range to bring something special to it. My choices for Lex Luther:
    #4 Peter Facinelli
    #3 Timothy Olyphant
    #2 Patrick Dempsey
    #1 Jason Lee

  • Juan

    You know Bryan Cranston will probably be Lex Luthor for writing this article

  • theseeker7

    Hell I said this right off the bat, pretty much immediately upon hearing people wanting Cranston for it. That to me, part of the issue is that his appearance as Walter White has become incredibly iconic, and now you’re going to want him to be bald and menacing what will be no more than 2 years removed from the end of BB? It just cuts a little too close all around, for me (even with how much I think Cranston is crazy talented and I’ve fallen in love with BB… I actually only just started finally watching it this past spring, finished it in a few weeks)

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