Ever wonder about what may have been? Well, how about Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman?
Remember earlier this week we thought Jesse Eisenberg may have originally tested for Riddler? Well, it seems it was Jimmy Olsen as Snyder’s plan was to cast a well known actor in the role then shock everyone by killing him on screen (if you’re not bothered about spoilers you can click this link to learn more about this): “I thought, if it were Jesse Eisenberg and he got out and he goes, ‘I’m Jimmy Olsen,’ you’d be like, oh my God, we’re gonna have Jimmy Olsen in the whole movie, right?’ And then if he got shot, you’d just be like, ‘What!? You can’t do that.’”
But things really took a turn after they met Eisenberg as Snyder reveals he and his producer wife Deborah met with him: “I said, ‘I want to do this misdirect and you’d be great. You’d be a great Jimmy Olsen.. And he’s like, ‘Yeah, that’s cool,’ and he was being very Jesse in the meeting.”
But after the meeting Snyder, loving Eisenberg’s mannerisms and obvious intelligence, changed his mind: “I was like, ‘Wow, that guy is crazy… Debbie, what about Jesse as Lex?”
But here’s the big news, remember all the rumours that Bryan Cranston was involved in the movie as either Lex or Commissioner Gordon? Well, he WAS in talks for Lex, confirms Snyder: “We talked about the usual suspects that you would imagine; any actor who has been bald, probably. Bryan Cranston would have been great, right? And by the way, he’s an amazing actor. Can you imagine how different the movie would be?”
We know Eisenberg’s take on the character is really dividing the fandom – even here at FTN – but man, Cranston would have been a phenomenal choice!