Bryan Cranston will go from playing chemistry teacher-turned-meth cook Walter White to the iconic superhero villain Lex Luthor in Zak Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel.

Cranston, 57, signed a deal to play Superman (played by Henry Cavill) arch nemesis Lex Luther in at least six films set in the DC Comics universe, reported Comic Book News. “Cranston is a dream casting for Luthor,” a source told the website. Another report refuted Comic Book News' confirmation of the casting, but did agree that Cranston was interested in the role.

The rumor of Cranston’s casting as Lex has been met with a far more positive reaction from fans of superhero movies than that of the confirmed casting of Ben Affleck as Batman. News broke last week that the Argo director and actor would assume the role of the Bruce Wayne and his dark knight alter ego for the next Man of Steel movie, and incited a firestorm of criticism. The most popular gripes have had to do with Affleck’s poor turn as Daredevil in the 2003 movie opposite his now wife Jennifer Garner.

Bryan Cranston as Walter White in 'Breaking Bad'

Breaking Bad, which proved Cranston could play a character far more sinister than the father on Malcolm in the Middle, has become one of the most critically acclaimed shows on TV – thanks in large part to Cranston’s performance. As Walter White, Cranston has perfected embodying a man with a lethal combination of hubris and intelligence – making him a natural pick for the role of Luthor.

The 12th episode of Breaking Bad's fifth and final season will air on AMC Sunday at 9/8c.

– Chelsea Regan

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