All the rumors and speculation can be put to rest: Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman! The man who played the founder of Facebook in The Social Network is set to tackle one of the comic book world's most legendary villains.
In hindsight, this makes perfect sense. Luthor is a contemporary of Clark Kent and so many of the names mentioned for the role in the past few months were significantly older. For the Man of Steel sequel to do the Luthor-Superman rivalry justice, the actor cast to play the villain had to be around the same age as the man portraying Superman. So, we say… this is brilliant!
Director Zack Snyder is clearly thrilled with his choice.
"Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What's great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain,” Snyder said in a statement.
“He's a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions."
Eisenberg is not the only actor cast today in the Batman vs. Superman world. Legendary thespian Jeremy Irons has been cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne butler and confidant Alfred. Again, the casting is brilliant!
“As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne's most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne," Snyder added in the statement.
So, now we have Ben Affleck as Batman, Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Eisenberg as Luthor and Irons as Alfred. This puppy is starting to take some serious shape. We just wish we didn’t have to wait for Batman vs. Superman until 2016!
What do you think?
Is Jesse Eisenberg a good Lex Luthor?
Superman is absolutely one of our favorite franchises and we cannot wait until Batman vs. Superman hits theaters. Click through the below slideshow to see what other franchises have us utterly fanatical!
1. Harry Potter
When your series is based on one of the bestselling book series of all time, that's a good place to start. With the casting of the three leads, fate struck and a movie franchise for the ages was born.
2. The Lord of the Rings
Now on its fifth movie with The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, J.R.R. Tolkien has produced a world perfect for the movies. We could head to Middle Earth time and time again.
3. The Avengers
How could The Avengers not be one of the franchises we're fanatical about? With Avengers: Age of Ultron coming at us, we're just getting started.
4. James Bond
James Bond seems to get better with age. Now on his 24th film, 007 shows no signs of slowing.
5. Star Wars
The Force is so with this series that we're getting a new trilogy four decades after it started. Luke, Leia and Han Solo have become not just pop culture legends, but cultural icons.
6. The Hunger Games
The Hunger Games honestly had us from the pages of Suzanne Collins' book. The fact that the movies have been so good... all the better!
7. The Expendables
The Expendables got together some of action movies' most classic stars. It was explosive and we just want more.
8. The Amazing Spider-Man
They said it was too soon to reboot Spider-Man. Boy, were they wrong as there is something about the webbed wonder that compels us... over and over.
9. Jurassic Park
Fan craziness has produced the need for another Jurassic movie... Now, we've got Jurassic World coming in 2015! Color us dino delirious.
10. Captain America
Cap had us in World War II and has us expecting much from his present day adventure Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Chris Evans was born to be Cap!
11. Iron Man
Casting Robert Downey Jr. as Tony Stark was a stroke of brilliance. That could be why Iron Man just keeps on rolling.
Casting is the key, and Chris Hemsworth was born to be Thor. We'd watch him wield that hammer any day of the week.
He may be the Man of Steel, but Superman feels like the most everyman of all the superheroes. Whether Christopher Reeve and now with Henry Cavill, that "S" should stand for sensational.
15. Star Trek
Audiences have been boldly going with the crew of the Enterprise for decades. That will not change anytime soon!
Batman begins, ends, begins anew... it doesn't matter. Bruce Wayne (and his alter ego) is the rare superhero with no powers, yet is still so solidly super.
17. Fast and Furious
They're fast, they're furious and this gang of street-racing pros, led by Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker, is simply the best. With the franchise heading towards nine movies, it is one epic series.
It's Mutants mania... and we have a bad case. Whether it's the classic cast or the First Class cast, we adore this Marvel world.