Jesse Eisenberg Is Not Playing Lex Luthor in 'Batman vs. Superman'

Monday, 05 October 2015 - 7:32PM
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Monday, 05 October 2015 - 7:32PM
Jesse Eisenberg Is Not Playing Lex Luthor in 'Batman vs. Superman'
Here we were, starting to think we knew everything there was to know about Batman vs. Superman, and then this piece of information comes along and we're left questioning everything. In a piece of clever viral marketing, Fortune scored an interview with the young head of LexCorp, but it's not Lex Luthor they spoke with. It's his son, Lex Luthor, Jr.

That's right, Jesse Eisenberg is playing Lex Luthor, Jr. in the new film, a character who does exist in the comic canon and is most definitely not the same guy as his famous father. In fact, the comics' Junior Luthor is the son of Lex Luthor and Lois Lane, and he hails from an alternate universe. So, what does this mean for Batman vs. Superman? Probably nothing. Everything we've heard and seen about the character in the film has led us to believe that this will be classic Lex Luthor, and the movie probably just made him Lex Luthor, Jr. so he could be portrayed by a younger actor. Who knows?

The important thing is that according to Eisenberg, it sounds like this will be the Lex Luthor we all know and are afraid of. Speaking to Vulture, the actor says: 

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"There is this trove of stuff about this guy. A lot of it's repetitive, like he always winds up on the roof of his building giving some faux benevolent talk about how he's going to change the city. It's fun to take that campy cartoony stuff and try to put it into a real person and try to reconcile the two ... this movie character feels like a real scary person."
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So even though he's not the first Lex Luthor, it still sounds like he'll be right Lex Luthor. As long as his dad doesn't die a very easily preventable death, then we're OK with it.

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Eisenberg: Not Playing Lex Luthor in 'Batman vs. Superman'