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?
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