Heisenberg is out, Eisenberg is in!
That’s right Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman VS Superman from Warner Bros. This puts months of speculation to an end but now opens up the floor for debate about how the Oscar-nominated Social Network star will do in a role quite unlike any he has ever played before.
In the official press release director Zack Snyder discussed how “Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavoury 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.”
Luthor has previously been portrayed on the big screen by Hollywood legends Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey.
There has also been a further casting development as veteran British star Jeremy Irons is now tipped to portray Alfred The Butler opposite Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne. “As everyone knows,” Snyder says, “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 honour 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.”
A star of numerous acclaimed film and television roles, Irons won the Academy Award for Best Actor in 1991 for his portrayal of Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune.
According to Empire magazine Snyder has shot some early footage for Batman VS Superman but with the majority of the film still to be completed the release has been pushed back to May 2016. The increasingly all-star cast of this dream project now includes Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, while the stars of Snyder’s Man of Steel Henry Cavill and Amy Adams will be reprising their roles of Superman and Lois Lane. Also returning from Man of Steel will be Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
What do you think of this news? Will Eisenberg make a good Luther? Would you have preferred Bryan Cranston after all? Let us know!