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Updated Aug 26, 2013 - 1:44 pm

Bryan Cranston reportedly cast to play Lex Luthor in 'Man of Steel' sequel

This publicity image released by AMC shows Dean Norris as Hank Schrader, left, and Bryan Cranston as Walter White in "Breaking Bad." The series is returning for its eight final episodes starting Sunday at 9 p.m. EDT. The long-awaited showdown places Hank in direct conflict with the villainous hero, Walter White. (AP Photo/AMC, Frank Ockenfels)

"Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston will want to keep his head shaved for his purported next big role: Superman's arch-nemesis Lex Luthor.

Just days after signing Ben Affleck to play Batman in a "Man of Steel" sequel alongside Henry Cavill, Warner Bros. tabbed Cranston, 56, to join the project too, according to Cosmic Book News.

Bryan Cranston has been cast as Lex Luthor in what is said to be at least a six "appearance" deal (think of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury popping up in every Marvel movie in the run-up to Avengers) and may be as high as ten.

Look for the official announcement to follow the conclusion to the final season of "Breaking Bad" as WB wants to dovetail off the end of that.

Mark Strong, star of AMC's newest series, "Low Winter Sun," was also considered for the Luthor role, but may have ultimately been passed over because of his role as another DC Comics villain, Sinestro, in the 2011 flick "Green Lantern."

DC is going to have all of their main characters liberally appearing or at least mentioned in all of their movies to portray a more connected world than what Marvel Studios has done so far.

Cosmic Book News also says Ben Affleck allegedly has a 13-appearance deal as Batman, and that Matt Damon is drawing some interest from DC to join the Justice League as a future character.

Zack Snyder will return to direct the untitled "Man of Steel" sequel, which has a tentative release date of July 17, 2015.

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