Not that I pretend to understand the motivation behind most of Zack Snyder’s choices, but this one strikes me as particularly off. Most trade news outlets are reporting that Joaquin Phoenix is in the running to play Lex Luthor. Don’t get me wrong, Phoenix is an enormously talented actor and a freaking chameleon but Lex Luthor? I don’t see it. Phoenix has a great loopy, edgy charm that translates well to psychopaths and the disturbed. Lex Luthor has always struck me as the kind of mad man who has his sh*t together. To be fair, this casting rumor is still in its fledging stages, so the information might be slightly off. Which DC Big Bad would Phoenix be right for? If Jason Momoa is, as most comic nerds have surmised, playing Vandal Savage, then how would Lex Luthor fit into a plot involving both Batman and Superman? And in a post Breaking Bad world, how are we supposed to accept anyone other than Cranston in the role?