Eisenberg Cast as Lex Luthor in MOS Sequel

When I first got word that Lex Luthor had been casted in the upcoming MOS sequel I hoped I misread the text. While many were hoping for Heisenberg (Bryan Cranston) the news came as a shocker when Jesse Eisenberg was reported to have the role. Talk about odd casting. 

Eisenberg, 30, is known for playing Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, roles in Adventureland, and Now You See Me. Director Zack Snyder definitely has pitted a young Lex Luthor to play opposite of Henry Cavill’s inexperienced Superman.

Zack Snyder had this to say about the casting:

“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 Next Lex Luthor

The internet is raging once again as the casting options for Batman vs. Superman become stranger and stranger. Of course, there is an expected initial backlash but Eisenberg, really? While he has played “devilish geniuses with god complexes” before, I don’t think that’s what Lex Luthor ultimately is. Luthor is egotistical, highly intelligent, and xenophobic but he does also want the success of mankind by mankind. (He being the savior of mankind by ridding the world of Superman) Lex is a complicated character who isn’t the typical villain and I hope Eisenberg can handle the complexities of the character and the relationship he holds with Superman.

Jeremy Irons has been cast as Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Irons, 65, is an Oscar Winner and is remembered for such roles in Reversal of Fortune, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, and Dead Ringers. I can picture Irons portraying a seasoned Alfred. He may in fact live up to Michael Caine’s portrayal of the butler in Nolan’s Bat Trilogy.

Batman vs. Superman is slated to release May 6, 2016 and has already begun production. Check back for more updates on the film and casting news!

 

DC Comics News You Can’t Miss

There have been many updates and previews from DC Comics recently. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights.

Justice League: War Released on iTunes

DVD/BluRay Release Feb. 4th

Yesterday, the new animated film Justice League:War was released on iTunes although the DVD and Blu-Ray won’t be out until February 4th. The animated movie is the first to venture into the New 52 era with this adaptation of Geoff Johns and Jim Lee’s  origin story for this version of the Justice League. The superheroes have to put aside their differences to save the world from Darkseid’s invasion.

A little heads up: The voice acting takes time to get used to. There are a lot of unfamiliar voices for the characters and the dialogue at times comes off as a little too cheesy.

 

Post-Credits Scene Hints at Future Animated Film

Coming Soon Atlantis vs. Surface Dwellers!

One of the best parts (in my opinion) of the Justice League is Aquaman, who is notably absent from the JL’s origin story. After the credits, there is about a 30 second clip which features Orm, Aquaman’s brother, holding an old man in his arms.

“The Surface Dwellers have killed our king. This is an act of war. And they will pay.” 

Geoff Johns said last August that Aquaman would be getting an animated film soon and this may be what he was referring to. The “Throne of Atlantis” arc was a crossover between Justice League and Aquaman so this is most likely what the plot will be adapted from and hopefully the new era of New 52 films will improve.

 

DC Comics April 2014 Solicitations!!

Forevil will be wrapping up come April and there will be a lot of changes as a result! 

Here are a few notable titles and release dates:

  • Sinestro #1-  The Yellow Lantern finally gets his own monthly comic! (Apr 16th)

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  • Justice League United #0- Writer Jeff Lemire brings us the adventures of what Earth calls Justice League Canada! Martian Manhunter, Hawkman, Green Arrow, Stargirl, Animal Man, and Super Girl! (Apr 23rd)

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  • Forever Evil Aftermath: Batman vs. Bane- Batman fights to take back Gotham City from the clutches of Bane in the aftermath of Forever Evil! (Apr 30th)

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  • Justice League #30- Lex Luthor leading the show?!?! (Apr 23rd)

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  • Aquaman and the Others #1- In this Aquaman prequel we’ll see how Aquaman and the Others formed and there other missions before the events of the New 52.  (Apr 2nd)

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  • The Flash Annual #3- The long awaited return of speedster Wally West!! (Apr 30th)

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For the FULL list head to Newsarama‘s report.

Be sure to check back here in a few days for my review of Justice League: War!!

What You May Have Missed Today: DC Comics News

Son of Batman

This year marks the 75th Anniversary for Batman and we received some well received news regarding his son, Damian Wayne. The first trailer for Son of Batman was released. Son of Batman is a new animated film based on Grant Morrison’s early run on the “Batman and Son” arc where he finds out he has an unruly pre-teen son. Damian was being raised by his mother Talia Al Ghul and the League of Assassins.

The voice cast features Jason O’Mara as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Stuart Allan as Damian, Morena Baccarin as Talia, Giancarlo Esposito as Ra’s Al Ghul, and Thomas Gibson as Deathstroke. Deathstroke was not originally in the story but he will be in the animated film which will premiere at Anaheim’s WonderCon Easter Weekend.  If you haven’t seen the trailer, take a look below.

 

 

JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time

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A new animated film entitled JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time will be released January 21st. It wasn’t really marketed and this was the first I’ve heard of it.

Here’s the synopsis:

Get ready for a battle of the ages when the Justice League faces off against its archenemies, the Legion of Doom, in an all-new movie from DC Comics. A mysterious being known as the Time Trapper arises, and a sinister plan led by Lex Luthor sends the Legion of Doom back in time to eliminate Superman, Wonder Woman and Batman before they become super heroes. For Aquaman, Flash and Cyborg, along with teen super heroes Karate Kid and Dawnstar, the stakes have never been higher, the rescue mission never deadlier. So join the fight for the future as the Justice League confronts its ultimate challenge… the threat of having never existed!

I’ll try to watch that as soon as I can and give you my take on it!

 

Gotham

As you may know, Fox will be filming a new TV show centered around Gotham, a young Gordon, and a young Bruce Wayne. More reports now reveal some of Batman’s main villains will be in the show. Villains include the Riddler, the Penguin, and even the Joker. Fox’s entertainment chairman, Kevin Reilly, reported what the future villains’ roles shall be. “We will see how they get to become what they are as Gotham is teetering on the edge,” Reilly said.

I expect Gotham to be DC’s counter to Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and I hope it can be as good as S.H.I.E.L.D. is. (Which isn’t particularly outstanding)

That’s all the news I have for today. Be sure to check back for more updates and news!