Bryan Cranston on playing Lex Luthor in ‘Man Of Steel’ sequel: ‘Give me a call’

Batman will join Superman in the new movie, which is due for release in summer 2015

Bryan Cranston has responded to rumours linking him to the Man Of Steel sequel.

Cranston, known for his role as chrome-domed drug dealer Walter White in Breaking Bad, is thought to be a leading contender to play bald-headed baddie Lex Luthor, who’s previously been portrayed on screen by actors including Kevin Spacey and Gene Hackman.

Asked about the role by Metro, Cranston replied, apparently with a grin: “Give me a call.” He then added: “I like Lex Luthor. I think he’s misunderstood. He’s a loveable, sweet man.”

Man Of Steel director Zack Snyder revealed at San Diego Comic-Con last month (July) that Batman will join Henry Cavill‘s Superman in his forthcoming sequel – and dropped a heavy hint that the two won’t see eye to eye.

It’s since been rumoured that Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin are “in the running” to play the caped crusader, while Christian Bale has reportedly been offered a massive salary of £40 million to reprise his role from The Dark Knight trilogy.

Production on the Batman-assisted sequel to Man Of Steel is expected to begin next year and Warner Bros are targeting a summer 2015 release date. Since its release on June 14, Man Of Steel has raked in nearly $650 million (£420 million) at the box office worldwide.