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!
In the latest rumor about the Man of Steel sequel, Wonder Woman may have a change in her origin story. Wonder Woman comes from Themyscira, a hidden island full of Amazons, and was discovered after Steve Trevor crash landed on that island. Her origin is infused with Greek mythology and a lot of her villains are demigods and gods. But would that origin fit into a more grounded Man of Steel universe? The direction looks to continue along the path of unrealistic but semi plausible so there has been recent speculation that her origin may change. I repeat speculation ensues.
Batman-on-film, site with reliable sources, believes Gal Godot may play Wonder Woman who is a descendant of Krypton. BOF proprietor Jeff Ramey was asked about Wonder Woman’s role in the sequel and her origin story.
“I’d bet a year’s pay – in MONOPOLY money, of course – that the ‘Amazons’ of this cinematic DCU will be descendants of those ‘ancient Kryptonians’ who attempted to set up Kryptonian outposts throughout spacedom thousands and thousands of years ago. Furthermore, I say that Wonder Woman will be powered-down, if you will, relative to Superman because these Amazons have evolved and adapted to living on Earth for hundreds of centuries. And since Kryptonians are produced without any “He’n and She’n” – Jor El and Lara excluded – couldn’t this original Kryptonian on Earth have used this reproductive science to create an all-female race? I say yes!”
So you’re Kryptonian too?
Once again speculation, but is it possible that that will be the direction things go towards? I would like to have her origin explained some other way. Her being a powered down Kryptonian has upset some fans already. The first live action film adaptation of a major character in the DC universe shouldn’t have the origin butchered and altered completely. Hasn’t Wonder Woman suffered enough? Failed TV show. Underrated Animated Film. There’s already a lot of pressure to do things right for a character who means so much to the fans. Batman was redeemed with the Nolan Trilogy. Supe’s reboot was an improvement. Make WW origin/adapted cameo role something to be proud of, people!!
Now although things could change, that doesn’t mean it can’t work. IT does make sense that WW could be a descendant of Krypton. The magic element may be removed or replace with “science”. Ancient civilizations may perceive the super humans to be demigods so that could work. Wonder Woman could explain how the matrix bred only female offspring which then went on to be known as Amazons. The path of realism has already been set and although WW origin is full of mythos and magic, some of it may need to change to fit into this universe.
While the speculation circles the web, we’ll have to wait for future updates and news on Batman vs. Superman. The film has a scheduled release date of July 17th 2015.