No Uproar as Bryan Cranston Selected as the Next Lex Luthor
Though it has not been officially announced, reports from Cosmic Book News are suggesting that Bryan Cranston has been selected to play the infamous Lex Luthor for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. Bryan Cranston is best known for his role as "Walter White" in the drama series Breaking Bad and "Hal," the father in Malcolm in the Middle. Bryan has had roles in many other series and films such as Seinfeld, King of Queens, and How I met your Mother.
So far the news of Bryan Cranston being cast as Lex Luthor has not resulted in the same controversy as the news that Ben Affleck was selected for Batman. On the contrary though there has not been an outpouring of excitement, there seems to be a general acceptance of this decision.
So this leads to the obvious question, why is Cranston okay by the fans and Affleck not? The only answer that seems logical is that one already looks the part and the other does not. It is easy to imagine Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor, while trying to picture Ben Affleck is rather difficult. From a strictly fan point of view, it is not about an actor's name or star power—aspects like that rarely matter to fans. For fans, unlike Hollywood, it is about the character and the actor's likeness to the character. This does not mean Cranston will play a great Luthor, nor that Affleck won't ultimately be a good Batman. However for right now, Cranston seems to have the look and Man of Steel fans seem to be satisfied by the choice.
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