Who’s Playing Lex Luthor In BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN? It May Be Down To Two Actors.
So we know that there’s a short list of six actors who may play Batman in Batman Vs. Superman, but who’s up for the role of Lex Luthor. Two conflicting rumors have started to circulate that position two distinctly different actors in the role of the evil genius.
First, let’s go with the obvious and slightly conventional choice: Mark Strong.
Digital Spy is reporting that the Sherlock star has hinted that he may in fact be Lex Luthor. According to the site, when they asked Strong about playing Luthor, Strong responded, ”All I can say is… watch this space.” Whatever that means. Strong would be a rather ordinary casting choice for Luthor, and one that would make Luthor slightly older than the presumed Batman actor, who is expected to be in his 40s. Strong also has a history of playing villains in a number of movies, including a similar role as an evil business man in Mark Millar’s Kick-Ass, so Luthor isn’t a stretch.
The second is a much more intriguing choice: Bryan Cranston.
Latino Review’s rumor monger El Mayimbe sent a series of tweets yesterday that Cranston was indeed the man who would be Luthor. Cranston is slightly older and more haggard than Mark Strong. If Luthor is going to step in between Batman and Superman, then a Cranston Luthor could add a much needed dynamic to the role. He looks the part of a working-class, self-made billionaire, someone who wasn’t born with a silver spoon in his mouth and an empire in his inheritance like Bruce Wayne. The only downside to Cranston would be that his bald head would only remind people of Breaking Bad… even if he doesn’t have Heisenberg’s signature goatee. But Cranston is a strong enough actor to overcome that, right?
So who would you like to see as Luthor: Cranston or Strong? Let me know in the comments below.