Back in June, we reported that actors Bryan Cranston and Mark Strong were in contention to play Lex Luthor in Man of Steel 2, with Mark Strong hinting earlier this month that he may already have the role. If the latest rumor is to be believed, that is not the case, with Bryan Cranston reportedly being cast as Lex Luthor so Mark Strong can possibly reprise his Green Lantern role as Sinestro.
While the inclusion of Sinestro may seem quite far-fetched, we did report in June that Man of Steel 2 will directly lead in to the highly-anticipated Justice League movie, so it is possible that the Green Lantern villain may put in an appearance to set up the DC superhero ensemble.
Speaking of far-fetched, this report claims that Bryan Cranston is locked in for a whopping six-picture deal as Lex Luthor. The report claims that Warner Bros. will make the official announcement when Bryan Cranston's hit AMC series Breaking Bad finishes its final season this fall.
In related news, if you were on any social networking website yesterday after the news broke that Ben Affleck is playing Batman in Man of Steel 2, you likely saw countless jokes about Matt Damon playing Robin. According to the same unconfirmed report, Matt Damon is reportedly being considered to play either Aquaman or Martian Manhunter, and that Ben Affleck's Batman deal is for an astronomical 13 movies, which, if true, would put a serious burden on his growing directorial career. But, before we get ahead of ourselves, it should be noted that its not for 13 Batman movies. According to this report, DC plans on making at least 13 various stand-alone films in the future, with various different heroes appearing in each of them, if only for a moment or two.
As of now, all we know for sure about Man of Steel 2 is that Zack Snyder is directing from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, with Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) and Diane Lane (Martha Kent) reprising their roles from Man of Steel, along with Ben Affleck as The Dark Knight.