Bryan Cranston Would Have Liked to Play Lex Luthor

By Amirose Eisenbach March 6, 2014

Before Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Superman Vs. Batman", several other names were being eyed for the role. Well, at least in the eyes of fans. One of the most talked about actors to potentially play Superman's greatest nemesis was "Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston. He played many shades of menacing, brilliant and crazy on the incredible show, not to mention sported a bald look rather well, so it seemed like a no-brainer pick. Cranston has now revealed however, that Warner Bros. never even talked to him about the role.

On the rumors of being approached, Cranston stated, "In the minds of fans, it's true. In the minds of the hierarchy of Warner Bros., it's not true."

But would he have been interested in even playing the character? "Oh, oh, I would have welcomed it!" he said. "That would’ve been a [once-in-a-lifetime opportunity]; I think so!"

While his acting chops are undeniably incredible, many fans worried that Cranston may have been too old to play Luthor in Snyder's film. After all, Henry Cavill who plays Superman is 30 years old and Ben Affleck who plays Batman is 41. Cranston is 57 years old, which would make him literally almost double the age of Superman. Eisenberg on the other hand, is also 30 years old. But is that too young for the mastermind?

Snyder's "Man of Steel" was met with pretty positive reviews overall. In a recent interview, he tried to silence the casting controversies by telling fans they haven't seen the script, so have a little faith in their decisions.

Would you still have preferred to see Cranston play Luthor? Let us know in the comments section below!

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