A lot of the casting speculation around Batman Vs Superman the last week has been decidedly more superhero-focused, like who’s playing Nightwing and Wonder Woman. Lost in the hustle is the real question in Superman casting, who’s playing Lex Luthor? The Man of Steel’s biggest bad was decidedly absent from the Man of Steel movie (although there were hints we was around), so it’s all but certain he’ll play a part in the sequel, but who will fill his decidedly evil shoes? A new answer has emerged, and it maybe that those shoes will be filled by an actor best known for being a pig-hunting man of mystery with an unhealthy attachment to a mystical island in the South Pacific… (more…)
To say that someone is the best ever at something is pretty big declarative to make, especially if you mean it. Still, when the person offering you that praise is on par with a professional like Oscar-winning actor Anthony Hopkins, you’re probably going to go on a little bit of an ego trip. So Bryan Cranston, get ready to trip. (more…)
The big Internet casting rumor last week was Bryan Cranston’s signing to play Lex Luthor opposite Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck in director Zack Snyder‘s Man of Steel sequel, Superman Versus Batman. Boston.com caught up with Cranston to confirm the Internet’s latest hot topic about his six Superman movie deal, Cranston went full Jon Snow and 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.
Just like Game of Thrones Jon Snow, Bryan Cranston knows nothing . . . about being cast as Lex Luthor. Cranston has plenty of projects in the works, and is set to direct another episode of ABC’s “Modern Family. When asked about his plans after that:
I think I’ll relax the rest of the year. There’s some irons in the fire, things that people are talking about, but nothing is set.
The six movie deal is what should have tipped everyone off. Cranston is too busy to sign a deal that locks him into a contract that will tie him up for ten plus years and limit the projects behind the camera that he could take on.
Who might take on the role of Luthor? There are plenty of actors that would go bald for the role and exposure. Let us know who you think should take the part in the comments section below.
Production on the film is scheduled to start in February of 2014 so there is still plenty of time to find the right Luthor. As of now we know that Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will all be back to reprise their Man of Steel roles in the sequel.
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The Internet has been ablaze the last couple of days with the Ben Affleck and Bryan Cranston Batman/Luthor casting news. It was only a matter of time before someone spliced together some footage to show us what the Batman Versus Superman movie might look like with those two, who thought it would look so damn good?
It might not immediately change your mind about the casting, but it should at least slip a glimmer of hope into the most pessimistic Batman fanboy or girl’s noggin. It’s easy to see how the whole thing might come together, and how about that casting choice for Alfred? It might just start an Internet campaign.
Take a look and let us know what you think in the comments section below. Venting will help lower your blood pressure.
Via: Youtube User
If you are finished with the whole Batfleck thing, maybe it’s time we start thinking about some of the the other roles yet to be cast in the forthcoming Man of Steel sequel – Batman/Superman movie. Over the weekend the semi-reliable and oddly named Cosmic Book News (I’m guessing it started as a Carl Sagan fansite) reported that they had the exclusive inside track on who would be playing bad guy Lex Luthor in the 2015 film:
Bryan Cranston has been cast as Lex Luthor in what is said to be at least a six “appearance” deal (think of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury popping up in every Marvel movie in the run-up to Avengers) and may be as high as ten.
Look for the official announcement to follow the conclusion to the final season of Breaking Bad as WB wants to dovetail off the end of that.
This nameless source was pretty chatty, too. Citing Cranston as a ‘dream casting for the role’ and adding that onto of the possible ten (!) appearances as Superman’s nemesis for TV’s Walter White, newly cast Batman/internet pariah Ben Affleck is locked in for 13 shots under the cowl.
As for why fan favorite (ok, my favorite) for the next big screen Metropolis’ man of industry/villainy, Low Winter Sun star Mark Strong, apparently he wasn’t considered since they want him to reprise his role as Sinestro sometime in the future.
And Mr./Mrs./Ms. to cool to give a name wasn’t done yet. With Affleck now on board, Warner Bros. also has their sights set on adding Matt Damon to the DC cinematic universe as either Aquaman or the Martian Manhunter (because apparently WB execs think they are roomates or something.)
uh huh… they started to lose me there right around the 13 Batflecks and an AquaDamon.
After all the grains of salt that were needed to read these rumors… well, my blood pressure is a mess. Still, Cranston may not be half bad a choice for LL… does this mean we can we get his Breaking Bad cohort Jessie Pinkman/Aaron Paul to appear as his henchman/sidekick Otis?
Super villainy, bitch!
Source Cosmic Book News
If there’s one piece of casting speculation bigger than who’s going to play Batman in Batman vs. Superman, it’s who’s going to play Lex Luthor in the same film. Now we’re not even sure that Lex Luthor is a character in the film, but considering the LexCorp Easter Eggs in Man of Steel, and the fact that lack of information hasn’t stopped the internet from speculating before, people have already started playing the casting game. And there are two leading candidates so far, Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston and Low Winter Sun’s Mark Strong.
Well at least one of those AMC actors is talking about the possibility of playing Superman’s greatest nemesis, and it’s the man who’s about to retire his meth lab and will need a new criminal empire to lord over: Bryan Cranston. While talking to Metro, Cranston was asked to comment on the casting rumors, to which he replied, “Give me a call. I like Lex Luthor. I think he’s misunderstood. He’s a loveable, sweet man.”
Leave it to the man who played Walter White to see the sunny side of Lex Luthor. Cranston would be interesting casting as he has experience playing what in essence is a sympathetic villain. He also has experience with the DCU playing a young Jim Gordon in the animated Batman: Year One, and, most importantly, he has experience being bald. Still, all this is rumor and conjecture, so we’ll wrap this up saying Cranston is willing, but there’s not yet a hint of a dotted line to sign on. Just sayin’.
Ever since the announcement Warner Bros. is working on Batman vs. Superman as their Man of Steel follow-up there have been rumors a-plenty about who’s going to play Batman; but what of the villain? With David S. Goyer’s screenplay in no way finalized we won’t know for sure who the big bad is, but the name everyone’s thinking? Lex Luthor.
Lexcorp was an easter egg splattered all over Man of Steel, basically cementing the bald, business savvy nemesis of Superman would appear sooner than later. And now there’s already a rumor floating around about who’ll play him: Bryan Cranston. All stemming from a supposed scoop scored by Latino Review‘s El Mayimbe, check out these teasing tweets,
And now I have a reason to give a damn. To say I’m leery about Hollywood’s second attempt at a Godzilla flick is an understatement. The big ‘G’ is a tricky thing to adapt, half the time the Japanese movies are iffy in their quality and they created the damn franchise. And I think we all remember the disaster of 1998′s Godzilla. Hell, even calling it Godzilla was a stretch because it just wasn’t.
As production begins on this Godzilla movie, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures have released news of the final, principal cast, and this fills me with a little more hope. Ken Watanabe joins an already impressive cast, including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston. I mean, come on, that’s a rockin’ cast.
The film is shooting for a May 16th, 2014 release date and filming is now underway in Vancouver. The script includes the work of Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont and Dave Callaham, another solid line-up of talent. I just hope the script is cohesive. Gareth Edwards is directing.
All right, what are the odds this won’t suck? The addition of Watanabe is awesome, he better be the lead. Still no synopsis so it’s anyone’s guess what the plot will be.
Source: Cinema Blend
UPDATE! Only a few hours after we posted this article the first photos and video from the set of Godzilla have found their way online. Whew! Things are sure moving quickly. These images and video come courtesy of Godzilla-Movies and YVRShoots.
And here’s director Edwards first message from the set,
By now, most of you probably know that there’s a new Godzilla movie coming, courtesy of Legendary Pictures. But every good monster film needs at least a few humans in it, if only to give the big rubber baddy something to stomp on. So casting has begun and two faces are being pulled from the acting masses. It looks like Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) and Elizabeth Olson (Martha Marcy May Marlene) are currently in talks to take on roles in the flick.
If brought on board, they would potentially be joining up with Aaron Taylor-Johnson (Kick-Ass), who also happens to be in talks, for the lead role in fact. Unfortunately, nothing will be set in stone until the script, being rewritten by Frank Darabont (The Walking Dead) is officially ready to go.
Assuming all things go as planned, they hope to begin shooting next month and have the whole thing together for a planned release on May 16th, 2014.
Thanks to ComicBookMovie for the heads-up.