INT. METROPOLIS – DAY Superman is in a restaurant having what looks to be a fairly expensive meal with Batman. Batman is scrolling through an app on his phone and Superman is visibly annoyed. SUPERMAN: Do you have to do that right now? BATMAN: Do I have to do what right now? SUPERMAN: Look at whatever you’re looking at on your phone. We’re having dinner? I thought this could just be a nice dinner. BATMAN: Oooooookay. [pause] You could mention something to me before you get angry, though. Next time. Like, I don’t know why you always wai– BRYAN CRANSTON: Hello, you two. I’m not Walter White anymore! Now I’m Lex Luthor! BATMAN AND SUPERMAN: WHAAAAAAAAAT?! Scene. From The Independent:

Superhero fans have barely recovered from the news that Ben Affleck is to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the impending Man Of Steel sequel. But now it has been reported that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston will play Lex Luthor in the rebooted DC Comics franchise.

Having played chemist-turned-meth kingpin Walter White in the hugely popular AMC drama for five series, Cranston has plenty of evil nemesis experience to draw on.

According to Comic Book News he has signed a deal with movie studios for at least six appearances as villainous businessman and political mogul Luthor in the DC Universe.

Wait, everyone is reporting this as fact because someone told it to Cosmic Book News? Uh. Well, whatever! #thisishowwedoit Bryan Cranston is Lex Luthor! And for those of you who haven’t gotten the chance to glance quickly at the Lex Luthor wikipedia page, he seems like something along the lines of an evil Robert Downey Jr.? Wears a skeleton suit and doesn’t have any powers, something like that? I’m sure that’s all correct. So. Is Bryan Cranston the right guy for the skeleton suit?! Sound off in the comments! (JK.) (I’m sure he’ll be great, he is a very good actor.)

Comments (53)
  1. Was this just because he was bald in BB?

  2. How is Walt an “evil nemesis?” Evil, maybe, but nemesis? That makes no sense!

  3. I’m just very excited to have a reason to listen to Montell Jordan at work. I’ve loved this song ever since I was a lower case g.

  4. I hope Aaron Paul and Kristen Ritter are cast as Marvin & Wendy.

  5. So this will be kind of like if instead of cooking meth, Walter White were just obsessed with controlling all of the real estate in the Albuquerque area.

  6. Bryan Cranston in anything is good, generally speaking, but : “he has signed a deal with movie studios for at least six appearances”

    Uggggggh. (I know this doesn’t mean that they’ll definitely make six more Superman movies, but. Uggggggh.)

  7. are you in the meth business or the money business?

    “i’m in the kryptonite business”

  8. “Superhero fans have barely recovered from the news that Ben Affleck is to play Batman opposite Henry Cavill’s Superman in the impending Man Of Steel sequel”

    It’s true, I was just released from the hospital yesterday, aaaaaaaaaaand now it looks like its time to go back.

  9. This is turning into a real Argo party.

  10. Ugh I can imagine a dinner with Superman and Batman involves a conversation about carbs. Guys, you’re superheroes, and it’s unlimited breadsticks. Yeah, the Fortress of Solitude is the Times Square Olive Garden.

  11. “This Kryptonite is blue. We used a different chemical process, but it is every bit as pure.” — Lex Luthor

    “Yeah, bitch. Me am sad about this.” — Bizzaro Jesse

    • Yes. KajusX. I know Blue Kryptonite is actually deadly to Bizzaros and so Bizzaro Jesse would actually say “Yeah, Bitch. Me am happy about this,” but then it just looks like he’s happy about it and my joke loses its button.

      • Do what you do, FLW. I’m digging it! Most of Superman’s mythology is stuff I have to google, because I largely do not care about DC continuity.

        I actually took more issue with your dialogue for Bizarro, but that’s a problem I have with all of Bizarro’s dialogue by all writers. It’s never TRULY opposite, is it (because regardless of Bizarro’s central coneit, readers still need to know what he is saying)? He picks and chooses what words to make opposite, and it never makes sense to me, and I guess that’s the point. How delightfully absurd!

        • I mean, who the hell wants to keep track of all of these variations of Kyrptonite?!

          Green, Red, Gold, Blue, White, Jewel, Silver, Black, Orange, Anti-, Slow, Magno, Bizarro Red, Kryptonite-X/Kryptisium, Pink, Gemstone, Hybrid-K, and, of course, Periwinkle. Not even a joke, I just googled all of these.

          And in case anyone was wondering how multiple media platforms, Kryptonite AND Superman’s ability to fly were not introduced until the Superman radio serials. In the comics he was just a strong guy with no alien weaknesses who jumped over buildings and put his hands on his hips.

          • Periwinkle Kryptonite: In Superman Family Adventures, Periwinkle Kryptonite makes Superman “fabulous,” causing him to dance with Lois and imagine he sees disco balls and pink walls. Lois then lays a chunk of Periwinkle Kryptonite on Clark’s desk and the two dance, proving that Lois knows Clark’s secret identity.

            Really classy, DC.

          • I messed up that sentence about multiple media platforms. It SHOULD have read:

            And in case anyone was wondering how multiple media platforms have contributed to the Superman mythos, Kryptonite AND Superman’s ability to fly were not introduced until the Superman radio serials.

  12. Gene Hackman will always be the definitive Luthor to me:

    And why isn’t Ned Beatty in EVERYTHING?


    “Mr. Lew-tor.”

  13. Ugh. This all sounds kind of dreadful. I think DC is making major mistakes in their movie structure. I mean, Totally on board with anything Cranston does, but if they are working towards a Justice League movie (which I assume they are at this point), I just don’t think they are approaching this well. Also, Matt Damon, don’t be Martian Manhunter. I don’t know who would be a good Martian Manhunter, but I don’t think Damon fits.

    HOWEVER if Gina Torres or Gina Carano are cast as Wonder Woman, ignore all previous bitching, I am so there with my Wonder Woman pennant.

  14. It’s going to be a little awkward for me, sitting in a Superman film, and desperately hoping that Lex Luthor succeeds in killing Batman.

  15. I’m all superheroed out, but at least The Buddies have their adorableness on their side.

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