Update: The video podcast that started this rumor has been removed and John Campea has taken to his Facebook page to clear up this mess.
Ok, I need to set the record straight and be very clear here. A few days ago I heard from 2 separate sources that WB is moving forward with Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor in MAN OF STEEL 2. I took to my personal twitter account and relayed what I heard, HOWEVER, I also pointed out that these “sources” are yet to be considered reliable by me, that I don’t know if it’s actually true, and that NO ONE SHOULD RUN WITH IT AS A NEWS STORY because it’s not news, it’s just a rumor at this point. That’s why I never talked about it on any of the AMC video or social media channels.
So yesterday (while I was in Las Vegas) the amazing team at TEAM AMASIAN (one member just happens to be my wife) had also heard from a source that Cranston was going to be Luthor and proceeded to make a video pronouncing that it was “CONFIRMED” that Cranston was going to play Luthor… but they are new to this and mistakenly said that the rumor was “CONFIRMED”. Let me be very very very very very very very clear here… it is NOT confirmed. At this point it is a rumor being propelled on by certain sources that are NOT proven and thus I would not qualify them as “reliable” yet. This isn’t to say that it isn’t true… but that it should not be taken as “fact” yet (if ever at all). It isn’t CONFIRMED until Zack Snyder or WB officially announce it.
TEAM AMASIAN wasn’t trying to be deceptive at all. They just jumped the gun and started using the wrong terminology… like “confirmed”. It’s not confirmed. They are not professional movie bloggers and simply made a rookie mistake. As a result, for now we’ve set the video they recorded as “private”.
We’re sorry for any confusion the video in question may have caused
It’s the rumor that won’t go away! Has Bryan Cranston been cast as Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman? Maybe. Let me help break down the latest rumor for you all…
On Christmas Eve the editor-in-chief of AMC Movie News (from the big movie theater chain), John Campea, tweeted something he heard from untested sources. He heard that it wasn’t Joaquin Phoenix who landed the role of Lex Luthor, it was Bryan Cranston.
Update: John Campea has deleted his tweets.
Campea didn’t want websites taking his tweets as news because he didn’t have confirmation, and Batman News respected his wish. But now things get a little more interesting… John’s wife, Ann Campea, hosts a podcast with Kaori Takee called “Amasian News”. On the latest episode (embedded above) they claim that Bryan Cranston is indeed going to be Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman.
So to be clear, this is still very much a rumor. Nothing has been confirmed yet. John Campea and Amasian News aren’t in the “movie scoop” business, but they’re close to people in the industry. I felt it was worth mentioning and big thanks to ManOfSteelFanPage for the heads up!
After piecing all of this together, what do you guys think? Is it possible that John Campea and Amasian News have just landed the biggest movie scoop of the year? Would Bryan Cranston be a good Lex Luthor? Sound off in the comments below!