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What Do You Think of Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In The Man Of Steel Sequel?

Submitted by on February 1, 2014 – 10:15 amNo Comment

Warner Bros. announced yesterday that Jesse Eisenberg will play Superman’s arch-nemesis Lex Luthor in the upcoming Man Of Steel sequel. While any casting in comic book movies is subject for intense debate online, the choice of Eisenberg is even more surprising than usual.

“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940,” said director Zack Snyder in a statement. “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.”

Media (including DrJays) originally reported that Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston had been cast as Luthor, a pairing that seemed natural given Cranston’s experience playing complex bald villains. But that turned out to be an unsubstantiated rumor from a single blog.

Luthor did not appear in the 2013 reboot Man of Steel. He was played by Kevin Spacey in 2006′s Superman Returns, and Gene Hackman in several films.

Also announced on Friday was Jeremy Irons as Batman’s faithful butler and confidant Alfred.

Previously announced was the return of Henry Cavill as Superman, and the addition of Israeli model Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. The news of Ben Affleck‘s casting was met by great resistance from fans.

Personally, I think Eisenberg is perfect for Luthor in terms of personality. He is great at intense, intelligent, dark roles. Maybe this is even a statement about what a contemporary Lex Luthor would be like: more Mark Zuckerberg than Rupert Murdoch. But obviously, Eisenberg is much younger than Luthor is ever imagined, and it’s hard to picture Eisenberg without a mop of curly hair.

What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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