Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston was rumored to be playing Lex Luthor before Jesse Eisenberg was officially cast to play the Superman villain in Man of Steel 2, but the actor recently discussed the validity of those rumors.
Cranston revealed to Howard Stern on his Sirius XM radio show that he was never offered the part of Lex Luthor.
"In the minds of fans, it's true," Cranston told Stern. "In the minds of the hierarchy of Warner Bros., it's not true."
In fact, he added that he "was not involved in any of that whatsoever."
Stern told Cranston that Lex Luthor would have been a great role for him, to which Cranston agreed: "Oh, oh, I would have welcomed it."
Numerous actors were rumored to play Lex Luthor ever since Man of Steel 2 was officially announced by Warner Bros. Such actors included Cranston, Joaquin Phoenix, Terry O'Quinn and Denzel Washington.
Ever since the announcement that Eisenberg would play Lex Luthor, the response has been mostly positive. Actors who have played the villainous billionaire in the past, like Kevin Spacey and Clancy Brown, had high praise for the casting choice.
Man of Steel 2 will be starting up production very soon, according to director Zack Snyder. The blockbuster film features an all-star cast that includes Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and Jeremy Irons as Alfred, the butler.
Man of Steel 2 is scheduled for release in theaters on May 6, 2016.