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Jesse-Eisenberg-kryptoniteWell, after what seems an eternity of internet rumors we now know who will be playing Lex Luthor in the upcoming (still untitled) Zack Snyder Man of Steel sequel. Warner Bros sent out a press release earlier today announcing the casting for the films villain (while also introducing us to our new Alfred,) Joaquin Phoenix Bryan Cranston  Idris Elba  Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland) has been chosen to play Superman’s nemesis in the film, a casting choice that is sure to be met with acceptance and praise across the internet.
Only kidding, I am sure somewhere a car was flipped over and set on fire while a crowd called for Snyder’s head on a pike.

In the release Snyder showed his typical jockular fanboy nature with a rousing description of the character that rivals the finest of Wikipedia entries. As for addressing the casting of  Eisenberg? Synder bolstered the choice by expressing that the actor will allow the character to explore some bold new interpretation:

‘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.’

But… Eisenberg isn’t bald! All the rumors pointed to bald and/or possible bald actors. Has Zack at least shaved his head to see if he is capable of being bald?

Also in the press release was the announcement that Alfred, Batman’s butler would be played by an old English dude, Jeremy Irons. As Snyder put it:

‘As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.’

I am sure by this point you, like myself and the rest of the internet, are puzzled at the very least by this news. Honestly had they announced just the bit about Jeremy Irons as Alfred I’d still be a little taken aback.

But the kid from ZombieLand as one of comics greatest villains?

After the blowback from the Ben Affleck casting made way for the Gal Gadot is too skinny or whatever outrage, we find ourselves in similar territory here. Since the announcement the howling of the fanbeing has been heard loud and clear.

He’s too young.

He isn’t intimidating.

He doesn’t look good in purple.

I’ll say this though, maybe there is a little method in this madness. Jesse Eisenberg is a wildly talented actor and has proven that he can play a fast-talking sociopathic bad guy quite well. Let’s not forget he did portray real life super villain Mark Zuckerberg.

 

Here’s the official press release if that’s your kind of thing:

UNTITLED SUPERMAN/BATMAN FILM FROM DIRECTOR ZACK SNYDER
January 31, 2014 at 10:49am
Eisenberg to star as Superman’s greatest foe, Lex Luthor, while Irons takes on the role of Alfred.

BURBANK, CA, January 31, 2014 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Jesse Eisenberg has been set to star as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Zack Snyder untitled Superman/Batman film. The dual announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

Snyder stated, “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 director added, “As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”

Eisenberg received Academy Award®,Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award® and BAFTA Award nominations for his starring role as Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher’s “The Social Network.” He also starred in Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love” and Louis Letterier’s “Now You See Me.” He next appears in “The Double” and “NightMoves.”

Irons won the Academy Award® for his portrayal of Claus von Bülow in “Reversal of Fortune.” His work in the film also garnered him a Golden Globe Award. He won an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for his performance in the TV miniseries “Elizabeth I,” opposite Helen Mirren, and recently starred on the small screen as Rodrigo Borgia in Neil Jordan’s highly acclaimed Showtime series “The Borgias,” for which Irons earned a Golden Globe nomination. He was recently nominated for a SAG Award®for the PBS Great Performances television miniseries “The Hollow Crown,” for his performance as Henry IV.

Snyder’s film stars Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. The film also reunites “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.

The new film is currently being written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.

The film is set to open worldwide on May 6, 2016, and is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel &Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.

 

Variety 

Category: Comics, Film

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