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!
Recently the Rock was asked a question on Twitter regarding his involvement in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel, Batman vs Superman.
Initial casting rumors discuss The Rock playing a bounty hunter named Lobo. Lobo is known for his tough guy mentality and has a bit of humor in him. The Rock has the size and attitude to play a character like Lobo but I’m hesitant to say whether or not that would be who he gets cast to play. (If at all considering his tweet is vague) The Rock has been rumored for many other villains and some heroes as well for the MOS sequel.
Doomsday, an abomination with superhuman strength that killed Superman, is also rumored to be a character the Rock may portray. Game of Thrones actor Jason Momoa has been rumored for that character and Martian Manhunter as well. Both could be good fits if Doomsday appears in the film. Maybe Lex Luthor is working along with Cadmus and that involves Doomsday’s release? Who knows.
The Rock has been thrown around with the iconic villain Lex Luthor as well. Others tied with the Lexicorp President are Joaquin Phoenix and Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston. I would love to see Cranston take on this role. He has played villainous but likable characters in the past and he would portray a character with legitimate fears (reliance on superheroes to survive) that takes measures to “protect humanity”.
The film being known has “Batman vs. Superman” has a much more expanded cast already as more and more people are cast to play superheroes. It may be better fit to entitle the film something involving the Justice League. As we know, Gal Godot will be playing Wonder Woman. There has already been some backlash because of the casting but it will be interesting to see how she will fit into this universe and film.
To many fans horrors, Batman will be portrayed by Ben Affleck. He could be a good fit in this universe, you never know. Plus, Dare Devil was ten years ago and Affleck has proven he is a capable actor and writer/director.
The appearance of a Green Lantern in the film has surfaced around the web. Denzel Washington is rumored to play John Stewart. I’d rather see Idris Elba play the third Green Lantern from Earth. Fans have made posters with Elba as the character and he has expressed interest in playing the part.
Make this Happen!!
With the Trinity already cast and rumors on numerous villains and heroes alike, the film definitely looks to establish some sort of team to match Marvel’s Avengers. The film is slated to release July 15th 2015.