‘Batman vs. Superman': Kevin Spacey Endorses Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor

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Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor in Superman Returns Batman vs. Superman: Kevin Spacey Endorses Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor

In service to those who like DC superheroes and love to complain about casting decisions, Warner Bros. has been serving up a healthy platter of fresh outrage material with seemingly every new Batman vs. Superman casting announcement. Alongside Henry Cavill, who will reprise his role as Man of Steel‘s Clark Kent, the sequel will star Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Amazonian warrior Wonder Woman and Jesse Eisenberg as conniving businessman Lex Luthor.

Those three casting announcements have resulted in a collective 2387 comments (and counting) on Screen Rant, not all of which were expressions of excitement and satisfaction at the news. Other actors who have played the roles in the past have also been asked to comment on their successors before (see: former Wonder Woman Lynda Carter’s comments on Gadot’s casting)  – including, most recently, Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey.

As the actor who most recently played Luthor on the big screen in Superman Returns, Spacey is pretty high on the list of people who were going to be asked their opinion of Eisenberg’s casting. He wasn’t at the top of the list – that honor went to Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville), who responded with a casual but confident, “Great actor, no problem with it.” In an interview with Empire, Spacey was somewhat more enthusiastic:

“I think [Jesse Eisenberg] is a remarkable actor. He’s just going to f**king own it. I think it’s a great idea and I wish him the best with it.”

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Spacey is credited as an executive producer on The Social Network, but otherwise he and Eisenberg have never worked together. In the same interview he also made it clear that he’s not really interested in reprising his role as Luthor, and instead wants to “explore different terrain.” The way he’s doing this is by writing letters to directors he wants to work with to let them know he is available and interested. Spacey named Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese as just a couple of the filmmakers he hopes to collaborate with, and added that he set Allen up with a Netflix subscription, which was apparently enough to get him “on the list.”

As for Eisenberg, rumor has it that he could be playing a tattooed, street-toughened version of Lex Luthor, which could be… interesting. At the very least it might help him to move further away from the fast-talking, sarcastic nerd niche that he seems to fall into a lot.

If this pattern continues, we should be able to bring you Gene Hackman’s innermost thoughts on Jesse Eisenberg any day now. Stay tuned.


Batman vs. Superman arrives in theaters on May 6, 2016.

Source: Empire

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  1. I wonder, did Spacey and Rosenbaum volunteer their thoughts, or were they interviewed? Does Eisenberg really need all of these endorsements?

    • “In an interview with Empire,…”

      Your wondering can now come to an end.

  2. I’ve never liked Eisenberg in the few movies I’ve seen him in (still actively avoiding that Facebook movie) but that’s one reason why I agree with Rosenbaum and Spacey.

    Before TDK, I’d only seen Heath Ledger in maybe 2 or 3 movies at best (still haven’t seen Brokeback Mountain) and hated his casting announcement but he ended up blowing me away as The Joker.

    I think for me at least, that’s a sign that someone will do great in a role. You never expect them to be cast, don’t like their acting in the few movies you see them in prior to the project they’re currently involved in but then you see it and think “wow, how did I ever doubt this person’s talent?”.

    The only thing I ask is that he’s not inked.

    • Eisenberg/Zuckerberg is a right tw@t in The Social Network (and so is Justin Timberlake) but it is a very good movie.

      • Way to completely miss the point and provide an empty, unhelpful statement Logan.

        • What? I think you missed something yourself. All I commented on was The Social Network film and my impression of it and Eisenberg in it. I replied to Dazz specifically because I actively avoided the movie too, but was impressed when I saw it. I wanted to give Dazz my opinion on the film in the hopes it changes his mind about seeing it.
          So to regurgitate your comment, way to completely miss the point and provide an empty, unhelpful statement.

  3. I read that in Frank Underwood’s voice. And then he looked over at me and rolled his eyes.

    • Reading him as Underwood’s voice is a good thing.
      If it was as John Doe from Seven you might be in trouble. :)

  4. Thank you for your input Spacey, now never speak for someone when u have no room to talk for your own preformance.

    • His performance was over the top but that’s how it was written too and I guess from the script, that’s how he figured they wanted Lex to be portrayed.

      Says something about how poor that movie was when you criticise the only good thing about it.

  5. I feel casting Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is brilliant casting. I feel Jesse will nail the role and really re-define Lex Luthor. There is so much talent involved with this project. Chris Terrio rewriting/polishing the script, Ben Affleck as Batman who I feel will also work with Snyder and Terrio with the direction of the film, and Geoff Johns being brought on board as executive producer. What will make this film a success is understanding all these characters, which with Geoff Johns involvement will be great having so much experience with these characters through the pages of DC comics. I love seeing other actors giving Eisenberg their support, even Joss Weidon himself gave his support for Ben Affleck as Batman. Man of Steel laid a very strong foundation on which to build the DC cinematic universe. The future of the DC cinematic universe is in great hands. I look forward to seeing what Warner Bros/DC has in store.

  6. Great, he got an endorsement from a crappy Luthor……

    • I wonder if Palicki will now endorse Gadot…

      • That made me laugh. A lot 😉

  7. Like another actor really is going to talk bad about another…at least not to the press. Seriously…we will have to wait and see and then pass judgement. But I am not impressed in the slightest with the recent casting of superheros.

    • Yeah, that interviewer really put Spacey in an awkward position. He had to choose between either badmouthing Eisenberg, or endorsing a casting decision which was obviously misguided

      • Knowing absolutely nothing about what direction they’re going to take the character, how can you possibly say that it’s “obviously” misguided?

  8. I just need Gene Hackman & John Shea’s endorsement of Eisenberg to convince me he’ll be a great Lex Luthor.

  9. And Clancy Brown ! :)

  10. WROOOOONG!!!!!!!!

  11. I’ll just wait for the official BvS trailer to come out.

  12. Good advice. I’m looking forward seeing the Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther.

  13. Jesse Eisenberg doesn’t act. He READS all his dialog with the same, flat, lifeless delivery. Did Zack Snyder wake up one day after watching The Big Bang Theory, and think awkward computer nerds were all the rage, and say “Get the kid from the Facebook movie”?

  14. Why would the endorsement of an actor from a well known misstep in the franchise of superman hold any importance at all?
    Is Ben Affleck going to weigh in on the casting decision for the upcoming Daredevil show? Right, who cares.
    I’m going to give Eisenberg a shot to play the character his own way, however I won’t buy into the scripted opinion from one actor about another.

  15. Spacey was paid to be supportive – end of story….

  16. This m0ovie will suck

  17. I think that Jessie Eisenberg could be interesting as Lex Luthor as long as he portrays an younger Verison of Kevin Spacey’s Lex so it ties in with Superman Returns so if Kevin Spacey chooses not to return as Lex Luthor for an Superman Returns sequel at least you get to see his humble beginning and what person that he grows up into (hence Superman Returns), but Henry Cavill’s Superman should not be connected to that not to say that Ben Affleck’s (much to my shock inducted suprise so dare I say this) Batman could have some connection to the Teenage Lex Luthor in some form or an capacity that allows Lex Luthor to have an possible business connection in the future I:E Bruce Wayne/Batman of which would be interesting and perhaps create an rivalry with Superman due to this. The kind of rivalry that is an amosity in-between rivals so that could explain everything. But that however could just be me and my plauseable ideas. But something like that should be coming from Zac Syder but who am I to say that. If Kevin Spacey and Micheal Rosebaum The Two Best versions of Lex Luthor (not saying that Gene Hackman was not one of the “Best” as well cause he is) can say only positive things on Jessie Eienberg taking on the role of Lex Luthor in Batman Vs Superman then I’m on board with the casting while the casting choice of Ben Affleck as Batman is still debatable or at least for me anyway.

  18. Kevin Spacey is such an amazing actor, I really enjoyed him as ‘Lex Luthor.’