Bryan Cranston Shoots Down Lex Luthor Rumors: 'News to Me'

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Bald and menacing he may be, but Bryan Cranston, by his own account, is by no means a lock to play the villainous cue ball-head Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's upcoming Batman-Superman movie, a follow-up to "Man of Steel ."

Asked by about the fan enthusiasm and rumors that the "Breaking Bad" star was set to play the baddie, Cranston didn't necessarily shoot down the rumors...but he didn't encourage them either. 

"I've heard that too," he said.

Asked about the claim made nearly two weeks ago by Cosmic Book News that he had signed a deal to make six appearances in DC Universe movies as Luthor (let's keep in mind that this same report is flailing around saying that Matt Damon is going to play Aquaman), Cranston scoffed.

"Six? This is all news to me," he said. "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."

As we've seen, Cranston looks cool with or without a nice head of hair, and we have no doubt that the real-life nice dude could play a hardcore bad guy (for reference, see "Breaking Bad"). After reports that DC was looking for an "older" Batman, a slot that ended up being filled by Ben Affleck, could the 57-year-old Cranston fit the bill for a more mature Luthor as well?