JESSE EISENBERG is LEX LUTHOR in ‘BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN.’ Plus Jeremy Irons as Alfred.
Jesse Eisenberg is going to be playing Lex Luthor in the Man of Steel sequel. This is sort of neat because casting that dude significantly calms down any sort of interest I had in the project and Universe. Temper my expectations. Can’t stand the guy. Strikes me as pretentious. Whatever. And this news is particularly hilarious since he shat on big budget tent pole movies a couple of years ago.
Oh! And Jeremy Irons.
A new report from Variety indicates new “Man of Steel” sequel casting news: “The Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor, while Jeremy Irons will play Alfred.
Warner Bros. has released an official press release announcing Eisenberg and Irons’ casting with comments from director Zack Snyder.
Official Press Release
Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Jesse Eisenberg has been set to star as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Zack Snyder untitled Superman/Batman film. The dual announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Snyder stated, “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.”
The director added, “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.”