Bryan Cranston on playing Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: ‘This is all news to me’

Recent reports have claimed the 'Breaking Bad' star is being lined up to play the infamous villain

Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston has dismissed rumours that he has been cast as Lex Luthor in the forthcoming Batman v Superman film.

Several recent reports have claimed that Cranston is being lined up to appear in the superhero mash-up movie as Luthor, the bald-headed baddie previously brought to life by Kevin Spacey and Gene Hackman. Last month (August) Cranston seemed to fuel the rumours by saying “Give me a call” when asked about playing the infamous villain.

However, Cranston now appears to have distanced himself from the role. Asked by the Boston Globe about a report claiming he has signed a deal to play Luthor in a six-film deal, he replied: “Six? This is all news to me. I think that maybe my name is bandied about because I’m known to be bald. ‘What bald guy can we get?’ The reality is they can take any actor and shave his head or put a bald cap on him.”

Meanwhile, it’s recently been announced that director Zack Snyder will start shooting the Batman v Superman movie in Michigan early next year (2014).

Alongside Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, Amy Adams is confirmed to be returning as Lois Lane and her Man Of Steel cast-mates Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne have also inked deals to reprise their roles. Warner Bros has given the Batman v Superman movie a release date of July 17, 2015.