Seems we all jumped the gun a bit on this whole "Bryan Cranston will play Lex Luthor" idea.

The Cranston-Luthor news made it onto websites like Rolling Stone, Buzzfeed and the Daily Beast. And it's quite possible I reported it as well (though attempts to reach me for confirmation have been unsuccessful).

MSN Entertainment has apparently debunked the rumor in a Wednesday story, saying, "Despite the story getting picked up by numerous mainstream media outlets, there is not one shred of truth to it. It originated with a fan website that has been known for printing sheer fabrications to score hits -- which is why we won't name the site or link to it here."

Bryan Cranston arrives at the Critics’ Choice Television Awards in the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, June 10, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Bryan Cranston arrives at the Critics' Choice Television Awards in the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Monday, June 10, 2013, in Beverly Hills, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

According to the Huffington Post, the story first surfaced in a report on Latino Review earlier this month that Cranston and "Low Winter Sun" actor Mark Strong were being considered for the role.

Cosmic Book News then reported on Aug. 23 that Cranston would star opposite Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, who was officially cast as Batman last week. The site said the "Breaking Bad" star signed up for anywhere between six and 10 appearances, comparing it to Samuel L. Jackson's stint as Nick Fury in "The Avengers."

Uh ... yeah. Some of us didn't see that part, unfortunately.

Cosmic Book News also alleged that Affleck's Batman deal was good for 13 appearances and made claims Affleck's pal, Matt Damon, is being considered for either Aquaman or Martian Manhunter.


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Oh boy ...

But there may still be a chance. If this was a trial balloon floated by producers, the response was very positive. Cranston himself hinted at being up for the role of Luthor when asked by a reporter after the rumors took off.

"Give me a call," he said, according to Metro. "I like Lex Luthor. I think he's misunderstood. He's a lovable, sweet man."

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