Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice has officially been released, and might be considered one of the most polarizing films in quite some time. The film was met with the most mixed reactions I have ever seen for a movie.
A lot of the complaints were the tone, pacing, and some of the actors. It seems many people still feel that some of the choices made for the iconic characters weren't good enough. One of the most talked about casting choices is Lex Luthor, played by Jesse Eisenberg, and it turns out we almost got someone else for the role.
It turns out a fan casting that was being thrown around ever since we found out about Batman v Superman almost happened! According to director Zack Snyder, Bryan Cranston almost got to play the big bad in Batman v Superman. Okay can we all just sit back and imagine a world where Lex Luthor was played by Cranston? I know that's a beautiful thing to imagine, considering how great he was in Breaking Bad as Walter White. I'm just over here thinking that I want to see a version of the movie where Cranston plays Luthor!
It's insane to think that he didn't get the part as he already has a role such as Walter White under his belt. I bet you want to know just exactly how Eisenberg was chosen over Cranston for this role. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, Zack Snyder said:
We talked about the usual suspects that you would imagine; any actor who has been bald, probably. Bryan Cranston would have been great, right? And by the way, he’s an amazing actor. Can you imagine how different the movie would be?
Yes Snyder, I can only imagine what difference this would have made to the film as a whole. It's also hilarious they would talk about who has played a bald character while choosing a Lex Luthor for the movie. Of course Bryan Cranston has played one of the more well known bald characters, but Eisenberg ended up with the part. After seeing the film, I actually don't mind him at all, but I know many people who just couldn't take him seriously. If you do wonder how Bryan Cranston would have done as Lex Luthor, check out this scene from Breaking Bad.
I know, you're just imagining Cranston in all the Batman v Superman scenes now and that's okay because I am to. It's too late now since Eisenberg is our Lex Luthor in this new DCEU, and after watching the film he rightfully deserves it. We can all, however, wonder what it would be like if Cranston had gotten the role opposite of Henry Cavill's Superman and Ben Affleck's Batman.