Jesse Eisenberg talks Lex Luthor role in Batman vs. Superman

Ent_2013_Feb_Jesse-Eisenberg-Lex-Luthor_PhotoWith filming set to get underway this coming week it seems things are finally heating up on the Batman vs. Superman front. A couple of days ago Zack Snyder gave us our first look at Ben Affleck’s Batman suited up next to the Batmobile, and now Jesse Eisenberg has spoken about his role as DC’s iconic villain Lex Luthor in the 2016 Man of Steel sequel…

“I don’t know the history as well as the people making the movie, so I guess it’s up to them to figure out how much they want to separate it from previous incarnations,” Eisenberg tells IGN. “But I will treat it like it’s its own role. There’s no way to play the history of the character played by other people, unless you do some kind of wink, but that doesn’t seem like a responsible way to act. So I will just do it as though it’s a character, in the same way you do a movie like The Double, which is a smaller movie — but you just kind of treat it like a character, and that’s probably the best course of action, I think.”

Asked about whether the opportunity to take centre stage as (presumably) the main villain in Warner’s DC universe was part of the appeal, Eisenberg responded by stating that, “The character’s really good, so it’s like doing anything else. They make a lot of those movies, so if you’re an actor in things, you will probably cross paths with it at some point. But the character’s written really well. It’s a really great role. The fact that it’s in a big movie, you know, it seems like a character that would be in any kind of movie. It just happens to be in a bigger, flashier kind of thing.”

Batman vs. Superman is set for release on May 6th 2016 with Zack Snyder directing a cast that includes returning Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane (Martha Kent) and Laurence Fishburne (Perry White) alongside Ben Affleck (Argo) as Batman, Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Wonder Woman, Ray Fisher as Cyborg, Jesse Eisenberg (Now You See Me) as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons (The Borgias) as Alfred Pennyworth and Holly Hunter (The Piano), Callan Mulvey (300: Rise of an Empire), and Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) in as-yet-unrevealed roles.

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  • Romelle Bradford

    I couldn’t get passed that picture.. Dude looks like a conehead

  • Louie!

    God i really cant stand the fact were having Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor! And thats not saying I dont like Jessie as an actor, but his appearance for this major villian role doesnt quite look too intimidating enough, i cant take him seriously with that conehead.

    Really wished Kevin Spacey would have been brought back. :/

  • wat

    He’ll make a great Luthor. Really, the only flaw is his voice. But otherwise he’s a fine actor and looks like an evil businessman in his appearance.

    • The Walking Cuban

      I liked his casting from day one, being a big fan of the social network. Genius casting, to me.

      • wat


  • cdrbly327

    He is good in his niche, but this is not his niche. This is too akin to Arnold as Mr. Freeze. He may surprise, but given his acting history I just don’t see it.

    • The Walking Cuban

      Arnold would have been great as Freeze if it were a) burton b) 80’s.

      • cdrbly327

        True, but it wasn’t and it was a tragedy of a travesty. Forever remembered in the annals of bad character representation. Right next to “bat-nipples”.

        • The Walking Cuban

          I hate the day Arnold got in on the joke. When he realized he was the king of one liners, he instantly became uncool and unfunny.

          Who knows what eisenberg’s got up his sleeves.
          It ain’t bi’s n tri’s.

  • Science Advisor

    From the title alone I predicted (months ago) Lex would get Red kryptonite, turn superman evil, and Batman would use Green to hold him off while trying to Lex’s Red and eventually turn him back. I was joking at the time, but now with the addition of Lex to the mix, this is looking more probable. I hope Zack has something much more interesting up his sleeve or this could be even more disappointing than his first Superman movie.