Bryan Cranston, whose name has circulated among others as a potential Lex Luthor in a Batman vs. Superman movie from Zack Snyder that I don’t believe we even know will involve Lex Luthor, commented on the speculation, and it’s a testament to the power of Cranston and the Superman franchise that this single paragraph has spawned over 100 headlines already.
“Give me a call. I like Lex Luthor. I think he’s misunderstood. He’s a loveable, sweet man.”
In the grand scheme of things, this is fairly meaningless news. I mean, casting hasn’t begun, we don’t know if there will be a Lex Luthor, and Cranston has only suggested that he likes Lex Luthor, and would be open for a call. Nevertheless, those 17 words have triggered headlines like these:
Bryan Cranston Wants Lex Luthor Role For Batman vs. Superman Movie
Bryan Cranston desires to be Lex Luthor in ‘Batman vs. Superman’
Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston wants to play ‘loveable’ Lex Luthor in Batman
‘Man Of Steel 2’: Bryan Cranston Definitely Interested In Lex Luthor Role
‘Batman and Superman’ Rumor: Bryan Cranston is Down to Play Lex Luthor
Bryan Cranston as Lex Luther in Batman vs Superman movie
Bryan Cranston May Be Lex Luthor In ‘Batman Vs. Superman,’ Reports Say
Bryan Cranston wants Lex Luthor role
Many of those are from legit sources like Forbes, all of which demonstrates three things: 1) It’s a very slow news week; we like talking about Batman vs. Superman more than we’re probably going to enjoy watching it; and 3) we are rightfully obsessed with Bryan Cranston.
Personally, I’d be more interested in it if the movie were solely about Lex Luthor and the origins of an anti-hero-turned-villain story. Supervillains deserve their own movies, too.