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Cranston: I wasn't offered Luthor

Bryan Cranston has revealed he was never offered the role of Lex Luthor in the Man Of Steel sequel, despite many fans believing he would be cast.

Rumours had been doing the rounds that the Breaking Bad star was being lined up to play the villain in Zack Snyder's film, despite Bryan denying that it was happening.

According to Digital Spy, Bryan has said again that he was never in the running, telling Howard Stern's radio show: "I was not involved in any of that whatsoever. Oh, oh, I would have welcomed it.

"In the minds of fans, it's true. In the minds of the hierarchy of Warner Brothers, it's not true."

Bryan had previously said he would love to be offered the part: "Give me a call. I like Lex Luthor. I think he's misunderstood. He's a loveable, sweet man."

Jesse Eisenberg was eventually cast in the role which was a controversial decision with some fans, but Zack defended his choice in the Los Angeles Times.

He said: "We know the material. Unfortunately, the fans don't know the material. So, we're casting according to what's happening in the script

"I think Jesse is going to be an amazing Lex. Let's not forget he was nominated for an Academy Award. It's not like I just grabbed my friend to play the guy! This guy's the real deal."

The new Superman vs Batman film is due to be released in 2016.

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