Superman Bald Men Favored for Lex Luthor in Superman Sequel written by Sean Gerber August 8, 2013 As rumors continue to swirl around which 40-something actor will play Batman in Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel, some attention is now being paid to the casting of Lex Luthor. El Mayimbe of Latino-Review dropped some pretty obvious hints via Twitter that “Breaking Bad” star Bryan Cranston is among the studio’s favorites for the role. Meanwhile, Mark Strong, of “Kick-Ass” and “Green Lantern” comic book movie fame, told Digital Spy, “All I can say is… watch this space,” when asked if he was a contender for the role. Whatever that means. Both actors have frequented fan wish lists for the role, so it’s no surprise to see either of their names pop up in rumors. They’ve both played follically-challenged bad guys, making each an obvious choice. Cranston, though, offers a little more headline sizzle since a casting announcement would play very well with all the hype around the final season of “Breaking Bad.” Audiences would have little trouble with and would probably quite enjoy seeing Cranston transition from the most powerful man in the Southwest’s methamphetamine market to the most powerful man in any market anywhere in the world. It’s Walter White on steroids. Mark Strong cannot offer a mainstream splash, but he has credibility with fans. His pitch-perfect Sinestro is considered to be the greatest casualty in the failure of “Green Lantern.” That said, his role in “Kick-Ass” was in many ways an unrefined version of Luthor already. There is a question as to what Strong can offer as a superhero movie antagonist that we have not already seen before. Stay tuned, as there will undoubtedly be more names thrown in the hat before Lex Luthor is officially cast. 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July 20, 2013 Snyder and Cavill Make a Cheeseburger Trailer May 24, 2013 Adrian Cranston for Gordon, Strong for Luthor. That’s all I’ve got to say about that … Bob Marshall Totally agree Justin Bolger The title sums up the Lex Luthor casting fever perfectly. No need to report something until there’s something to report. joshcostella Justin just referenced The Phantom Menace. Silly Justin. Justin Bolger And Josh has seen The Phantom Menace enough to catch the reference… Who’s the moore foolish? The fool, or the fool who follows him? 😉 stock I’m still not getting Batman in this movie. And now he’s gonna be old like me? I’m really not getting that. I wish some enterprising young dude would get a protest going to give Supes his props and his own sequel. I’d sign it. And Bald is Beautiful. At least that’s what I tell myself in the morning. Sean Gerber I’m with you on not seeing Batman just yet. I don’t mind the idea of an older Batman, but I feel as though the rationale behind such casting is to aesthetically imply a sense of history that won’t really be there for this new iteration of the character. Bob Marshall And that’s one of my problems with this. It’s like this, this new Batman shows up who we haven’t seen before and WBs think it will be an instant billion dollars? They should have done a solo Batman & a MOS 2 first. No ones had time to invest in this new Batman. If the Bale coming back then yeah WBs would most likely get their instant billion but he’s not. I really think they’re making a mistake rushing into this as I can see it not working out the way they want it too. stock Yes. If they have to do it, then make the character more a contemporary of Supes than as some elder statesman. The possibilities behind that idea can broaden your scope on the fantasy level as well. At least so this Batman will not be confused with Nolan’s Bat series. Since he’s likely going into space. To the Moon, Batman! Adrian Edmondson Yawn … Naes It’s a shame they can’t cast a guy WITH hair and then shave his head for the role (It’s of course impossible to imagine an actor with air, suddenly not having hair)… kind of limits their casting options. How about Michael Chiklis, Bruce Willis, Jason Statham, Jason Alexander, Patrick Stewart, Sinead O’Conner, or Yul Brynner? Yes, I know Sinead O’Conner is a woman and Yul Brynner has been dead for 30 years but you can’t discount either of them; their baldness is their distinguishing feature. Steven Capelouto Do we really need a rebooted batman ? we all know his story, his history, his motive, his drive, his villians, point is we all know bruce wayne and it does not matter who plays him or voices him because we already have an investment in batman because we go see the movie for the character batman and not the actor who plays him so as long as they stay true to bruce we will love the new batman, and if you say the main audience wont know batman let me say this my Grandma knows batman so I think the main stream will be fine with a new batman and after all batman is like james bond he’s already has had 5 actors play him in films dating back to Adam West. As for superman I would not mind a sequel by himself if the story was better fit for a solo film but we dont need another solo film to understand the character of Superman everyone knows enough from the first film along with all the television shows and the donner movies so we all know his history as well. DC needs to have a connecting universe to compete with Marvel and they cant wait to 2016 or 2017 to start that universe because Marvel is way ahead of them, they are so far ahead my Mom said to me “why is superman and Batman is not in the avengers” ? yes its sad that the main audiences refers to superhero movies as Marvel only movies but a Batman vs Superman movie can be the kick start that DC needs to start there own universe. also if bruce wayne is in this universe and he is already batman then why would he not show up in metropolis in the sequel looking for superman ? why would he sit back after an alien menace was semi responsible for destroying a few blocks of a major populated city in america and a some of a small town of Kansas ? everyone that is a batman fan knows bruce would get off his ass and try to find this Alien and not wait around for possibly a 3rd movie it would make no sense at all for a connected universe. also he would not trust superman at all because batman don’t trust anybody and why not have 2 billionaires repair metropolis wayne enterprises and lex corp working together to repair metropolis in the sequel Bob Marshall When people say reboot they don’t mean you have to re-do the origin again but you need to invest in the character again if its a brand new take. That’s why I believe a solo Batman film before the team up film would have been a much better idea. It’s about believing in the actor portraying the character, remember this is going to be a brand new Batman nit a returning one. Steven Capelouto I understand 100% what your saying and I never thought they were going to do a origin all over again or put in christian bale again. I am just saying if this is a connected universe then it makes sense to introduce Batman in this film because of 3 reasons. 1) you introduce the new bruce wayne in this sequel so when he does have a solo film we already know him going into his solo movie and won’t get confused with the dark knight and he will have his own audience. 2) By including Batman DC comics will actually get the ball rolling on a connected shared universe something they have been trying to do for years and failed. 3) If this movie is done correctly it will answer the question does batman belong in a justice League film filled with over the top super powered beings. like i said if this universe is connected it only makes sense Bruce Wayne shows his face after all it was his satalight that got destroyed and came crashing down in metropolis. I for one am completely confident mostly everyone will love whoever Snyder and Goyer choose to play Batman and even if he is not the best Batman or the Most Definitive one he will be a good one for their story. Oh and one more thing we all know batman we don’t need to know who he is just because another guy is under the cowl unless they recast Clooney lol. Bob Marshall I understand what you’re saying too but from a business standpoint for WBs an established actor as Batman would be more beneficial to the box office. I think you introduce a new Batman you’re not instantly guaranteed success just because its Batman. Like I said if Bale were returning it would make sense to do this movie next but he isn’t so I think they’re making a mistake. Charlie Cranston should totally be Gordon in the next Batman solo film. Whenever the hell that will be, but Strong for Luthor is just so painfully obvious and uninspired. The guy has played the villain in every film of this genre or genre close to it of the past five years. Let’s expand our horizons a bit, shall we? Michael Lalaian Benedict Cumberbatch would be my vote for Lex Luthor.