Upon the initial announcement of his casting as the iconic, bald baddie Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s upcoming titanic superhero collision, there was a mixture of head-scratching and groans that seemed to fill the Internet. But now, while touring with his latest indie film (Richard Ayoade’s Dostoyevsky adaptation The Double — which is quite good), Jesse Eisenberg has spoken with IGN about the role. Mixing his trademark smarm with purposeful vagaries, Eisenberg answered a few questions…without really saying anything at all.
When asked how his version of Luthor will differ from previous incarnations of the character, Eisenberg said:
“It’ll definitely be played by a different person, but I don’t know really how different this — I don’t know the history as well as the people making the movie, so I guess it’s up to them to figure out how much they want to separate it from previous incarnations. But I will treat it like it’s its own role. There’s no way to play the history of the character played by other people, unless you do some kind of wink, but that doesn’t seem like a responsible way to act. So I will just do it as though it’s a character, in the same way you do a movie like The Double, which is a smaller movie — but you just kind of treat it like a character, and that’s probably the best course of action, I think.”
And will he be bald?
“I’m not allowed to say anything, because of their privacy.”
Finally, when asked about whether or not he was skeptical about doing a “comic book movie”:
“The character’s really good, so it’s like doing anything else. They make a lot of those movies, so if you’re an actor in things, you will probably cross paths with it at some point. But the character’s written really well. It’s a really great role. The fact that it’s in a big movie, you know, it seems like a character that would be in any kind of movie. It just happens to be in a bigger, flashier kind of thing.”
As you can tell, mum’s the word at the moment. I’m wondering how Eisenberg’s catty nature and borderline combativeness regarding Superman vs. Batman questions is going to play in the long run, and how fans are going to react to admissions of “not knowing the history of the character”. Should make for some fun reading.
Superman vs. Batman is slated for release May 6, 2016.