For weeks now speculation about the Batman vs. Superman movie has been focused on the hero side of things. The casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman caused a big stir, and rumors since then have pointed to heroes like Green Lantern and Cyborg possibly being played by the likes of Denzel Washington or Dwayne Johnson. Needless to say that's kept the fanbase occupied, in terms of discussion topics.
Before all the hero rumors, however, focus was mostly on the villain of the film, who has always been assumed to be Lex Luthor. That rumor thread has run so long and encompassed so many actors - Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong, Joaquin Phoenix - and again, Denzel and Dwayne Johnson - that fans are just taking solace in the fact that we are getting A Lex Luthor, without so much worry about WHO it is.
But now someone is claiming to be in the know about the official casting - and they're claiming it is Cranston. Watch what Amasian News has to say about the casting:
If you believe their sources, the oldest Batman vs. Superman villain rumor may turn out truest, who knew?
I, for one,am not cheering for this particular casting (I'll need to see it confirmed first before I fully buy in, as well). Cranston is a great character actor and deserves this level of success (and the money they claim he's being paid - he's been working long and hard in the biz) - but I don't know if his presence is what will make for the best Batman vs. Superman movie.
Sure, people are imagining seeing Walter White from Breaking Bad as the nefarious mastermind villain whose intellect rivals Superman's brawn - it's an easy association to make. But when hearing names like Denzel Washington (or especially Joaquin Phoenix), a lot of the excitement was admittedly over the thought of a different and more subtle take on Lex.
We've discussed it often on the site and our podcast: A Lex Luthor who is charming and intelligent and sophisticated business mogul in public, but ruthless psychopath demagogue behind closed doors? That's a Lex we have yet to see, and the more pronounced bi-polar shifts of Mr. White/Heisenberg weren't as attractive as the slow burn descents of Denzel in Man on Fire or Joaquin in The Master.
Still, we can't complain too much; if Denzel is of age and physique to play Lex, so is Cranston, and both actors are great at what they do and would be far from the worst picks for the role. In short: Lex is in good hands if any of this rumoring turns out to be true.
Batman vs. Superman will be in theaters on July 17, 2015.
Source: Amasian News via CBM