Eisenberg to Play Luthor in Superman/Batman, Irons to Play Alfred

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Two major roles have been cast in Zack Snyder’s Superman/Batman project, and the actors picked to play these roles will surely stir up some controversy. It was announced today by Greg Silverman, President of Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President of Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures, that Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred. Say what?

Irons as Alfred makes sense, all you really need is a solid actor with a killer British accent, but Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor? That casting choice just seems off, at least visually. He’s a talented actor, but he has such a baby face that I just can’t envision him as the bald mastermind of Luthorcorp, and Superman’s mortal enemy. Jesse has a defined acting style, usually sort of funky in nature, so it’ll be a stretch to imagine him as the hard nosed and cunning Luthor.

I guess for now we have to trust Zack Snyder and Warner Bros.. Snyder had this to say about the casting decision:

“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.”

Snyder will definitely have to take the character in “some new and unexpected directions” because Eisenberg is the last actor the world would ever guess to play one of DC’s most infamous villains. For the first time I can say that I’m slightly worried about the Superman/Batman movie. The Ben Affleck reveal never really bothered me, and the Wonder Woman reveal made me wonder about the scope of the film, but Eisenberg as Luthor just doesn’t compute.

Hopefully he and the cast and crew knock this movie out of the park and I can eat my words in 2016, but as of right now Superman/Batman is officially on the “potential movie disasters” watch list at EB HQ. Feel free to weigh in with your own opinions using the comment section down below.

Superman/Batman is set to his theaters in 2016.


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