In another unexpected update on the much-anticipated superhero movie, Warner Bros. announced Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming “Batman/Superman” movie.
Jeremy Irons has also been chosen to play Alfred.
The news of Eisenberg playing the Luthor role is a bit of a surprise for many fans. Of all the names that have been tossed out there for the part, including big names —from Denzel Washington to Joaquin Phoenix — the “Social Network” actor’s name hasn’t come up.
As much of a surprise as his casting may be, Eisenberg was the star in last year’s summer blockbuster “Now You See Me.” The magic movie starring Morgan Freeman and Woody Harrelson made $351.7 million worldwide. In Warner Bros.’ mind, Eisenberg definitely has the appeal to a younger audience.
Complicated Character for a Complicated Role
“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,” Zack Snyder, the film’s director, said in a press release.
“Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions,” added Snyder.