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Bryan Cranston and Mark Strong Rumored For ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ Villain; Hugh Grant Boards ‘U.N.C.L.E.’

Written by on August 9, 2013 

Those familiar with the incessant rumors surrounding the Marvel universe should strap themselves in for WB’s evolving take on the DC version. As we saw in this summer’s Man of Steel, there were easter eggs hinting at LexCorp and Wayne Enterprises. One piece of that puzzle was solved when we learned Zack Snyder’s follow-up would be a Batman vs. Superman film and while Henry Cavill is confirmed to returned, word came in last week of possible Batman contenders, ranging from Josh Brolin to Ryan Gosling.

Now, it’s time for our first hint at a possible Lex Luthor. Last played by Kevin Spacey in Bryan Singer‘s version, Latino Review hints that Bryan Cranston is up for the part, which would make sense considering his positive relationship with WB after Argo. Another contender has emerged with go-to baddie Mark Strong, who, when asked about his involvement by Digital Spy, said, “All I can say is… watch this space.” It’s hardly confirmation, but with production gearing up for early next year, both actor’s schedules are quite open, so check back for further details as they arrive.

In other Warner Bros. and Cavill-related news, THR reports another addition to Guy Ritchie‘s The Man from U.N.C.L.E., which has already lined up Elizabeth DeBicki, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander.  The trade reports that Hugh Grant has lined up a role as head of British Naval Intelligence in the fairly serious action pic set in the ’60s centered on an American and Russian spy who don’t see eye-to-eye on finer points of espionage conduct. Expect a late 2014 release for this one.

Who should play Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman? Are you looking forward to Ritchie’s next?


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