Now, of all the controversies that surrounded Warner Bros.' Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, few were more bitterly fought than that surrounding Jesse Eisenberg's performance as Lex Luthor. Where for some he was gleefully malevolent — a human Loki, wreaking havoc on our heroes — for others he was overblown, miscast, or simply lacking in any visible motivation. Part of the problem for many fans, though, was the suspicion that there was an actor better suited to the role out there — one who'd already proven beyond reasonable doubt that he could be subtly menacing and utterly compelling while sporting a shiny bald head.
That man, of course, was Breaking Bad's legendary Bryan Cranston — who, it seems, turned down the chance to play Lex in Batman v Superman. And, intriguingly...
We Finally Know Why Bryan Cranston Didn't Play Lex Luthor In Batman V Superman
And, it seems, it's not for quite the reason you might think. Y'see, as Cranston himself recently revealed during a promo for Kevin Smith's AMC series Geeking Out:
"Villain-wise... I'm interested in creating a role. I'd love to do something that hasn't been done before... Lex Luthor has been... there's been a lot of that."
Which, with the role having already been brought to the big screen by the heavyweight likes of Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey, is actually a pretty reasonable point. Intriguingly, though, that wasn't all that Cranston had to say. In fact...
It Seems Cranston Was Also In Line To Play Commissioner Gordon In Justice League
Though, as he put it, the role hit much the same personal barrier that Lex Luthor did:
"I've been asked to take a look at Commissioner Gordon. That sort of thing, and it's like 'I would be one in several'... I kind of would like to carve out a new identity."
So, in addition to the alternate reality in which Cranston played Luthor in Batman v Superman, we can now have gentle fever dreams about the one in which he (and not J.K. Simmons) plays Commissioner Gordon in Justice League. You kind of get the feeling that Simmons'll get a gentler reception from fans than Eisenberg did, though.
Want more about what we will see in Justice League, though — including a first look at Simmons as Gordon? We've got you covered right here.
In the meantime, though — what do you think? Would you have preferred to see Cranston play Luthor (or Gordon)? Let us know below!