updated 08/28/2013 AT 11:10 AM ET
•originally published 08/28/2013 AT 1:00 PM ET
Is Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston about to get even “badder” in his next role?
The Emmy-winning actor, 57, is rumored to have been cast as Lex Luthor, Superman’s evil nemesis, in the much-discussed 2015 sequel to this summer’s Man of Steel, according to information first published by Cosmic Book News.
Cranston and studio Warner Bros. have not commented on any reports.
The recent casting of 41-year-old Oscar winner Ben Affleck as Batman – opposite 31-year-old Henry Cavill’s Superman – set social media on fire last week and was something akin to Kryptonite to many diehard fans.
The purported hiring of Cranston, who has memorably portrayed Walter White – a high-school chemistry teacher turned crystal-meth kingpin on the AMC series now in its final season – has, however, already been met with a better response than Affleck’s.
“Cranston truly is a dream casting for Luthor,” Cosmic Book News quoted a source as saying.