Jesse Eisenberg Cast As Lex Luthor In Batman vs Superman
Breaking news out of Warner Bros. The studio has just announced that the coveted role of Lex Luthor has been handed to Jesse Eisenberg, while Jeremy Irons has been cast as Bruce Wayne's guardian/butler Alfred. This is a move that pretty much nobody saw coming with many fans favoring Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston for the role. But then again, Warner Bros and Director Zack Snyder are used to surprising fans with their casting choices having controversially handed Ben Affleck the Bat-Suit for the Man of Steel sequel. Here's what Snyder had to say about the move:
"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. 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."
Indeed, it's hard to imagine the baby-faced, mop-haired Eisenberg playing the iconic, follicly challenged villain, so these that Snyder mentioned 'unexpected directions' already appear to be underway. One thing is for sure though, Eisenberg is an incredibly talented actor and has won praise for his work in the likes of The Social Network, Adventureland, and Zombieland. So fans, let's not judge a book by its cover.
The casting of Jeremy Irons as Arthur will be slightly less controversial though. Irons, a classically trained actor from the UK, possesses that much-needed air of gravitas that is so essential to anyone playing Bruce Wayne's closest friend. Zack Snyder seems to be pretty happy with the recruitment saying "It's 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 facade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne."
So Zack Snyder's Batman vs Superman is taking shape with just a few roles left. But as usual with these sort of movies, it appears the controversy train shows no sign of slowing down...