‘Batman vs. Superman’: Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons is Alfred

Published 8 months ago by , Updated May 14th, 2014 at 12:51 pm,

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It seems that every major casting announcement made so far where it concerns the Man of Steel sequel – a.k.a. Batman vs. Superman, Man of Steel 2, and/or Zack Snyder’s Untitled Superman/Batman movie – has come out of left field, starting with Ben Affleck as Batman and going onto Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) landing the role of Wonder Woman. The same holds true for some of the casting rumors, with lauded thespians like Joaquin Phoenix and Denzel Washington being name-dropped as possibilities (either somewhat plausible or completely far-fetched) to play Lex Luthor in the film.

Well, today we have a pair of legitimate (as in, official) casting announcement, after two months (we know, it felt longer than that) of increasingly wild Batman vs. Superman rumors, since Gadot was confirmed… and like those before it, we suspect a lot of people will be left pulling their jaws off the ground after first hearing these casting confirmations (well, except for maybe the guy who made this fake BvS trailer).

Warner Bros. has issued a press release that confirms not only Oscar-nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) as Lex Luthor, but also Oscar-winner Jeremy Irons (Beautiful Creatures) as Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler, Alfred. Here is the official statement from Snyder, on the casting choices:

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.”

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The casting of Eisenberg as Luthor does make a certain amount of sense, when you step back and look at the bigger picture. While many fans were cheering for Bryan Cranston to land the role and bring some of his Heisenberg menace to the diabolical billionaire, it wasn’t just his age that made him a questionable selection – considering that Luthor will serve as the anti-thesis to Henry Cavill’s young Superman, by positioning himself as Earth’s savior to the destructive alien visitor in red and blue. Rather, to quote our own Kofi Outlaw, Cranston’s pronounced bi-polar shifts of Mr. White/Heisenberg” seem ill-fitting for the subdued, hyper-intelligent, charming and yet sociopathic Luthor – someone closer to the version of Mark Zuckerberg that Eisenberg played so well in The Social Network (to mention nothing of his fine work elsewhere).

As for Irons as Alfred, that’ll probably be an easier pill to swallow for many fans, since he’s proven himself as a solid mentor/sidekick type even in lackluster films (see: Eragon, Beautiful Creatures) – again, watch him “play” Alfred in the aforementioned fake Batman vs. Superman trailer. In all honesty, I’d be more concerned if Irons had been cast as Luthor, since the actor can be quite dignified yet threatening (see: Die Hard: With a Vengeance, etc.), but he’s also capable of hamming it up like there’s no tomorrow while playing the villain (see: Dungeons & Dragons).

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Batman vs. Superman is currently scheduled for theatrical release on May 6th, 2016.

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  1. It was ruled an accident after a toxicology report and a lengthy investigation. If it was a suicide, why was there no note, and why did ledger not make preparations with his will and his estate for his daughter (who he loved beyond belief)? There was a huge controversy after his death about how his daughter will be taken care of because his will was not prepared for occurances such as suicide. But what the hell am I even listening to you for anyway? You don’t even know the difference between an Oscar winning blonde actress and a brunette who appears in Fast and Furious movies. Your whole argument fell off the rails when you blamed Lawrence’s age on why she was an inappropriate choice for Wonder Wonan and now that I’ve told you that you didn’t even know who the hell you were talking about, you just say, “ahhh, well she’s too skinny.”

    • No need to be such a b–ch about it.

      Ledger was on medication because he couldn’t sleep after his horrible breakup with his girlfriend. He was suffering from depression. Probably somehow knew about the casting of this turd of a upcoming franchise.

  2. Not trying to be rude about anything. But you should be more respectful instead of making a crude and uninformed statement like “that overdose was no accident”, especially when it is fairly obvious that you have very little knowledge of the situation. He battled with insomnia well before his divorce* with his wife*, but it was a mutual agreement because they realized that they had less in common with eachother than they originally thought. And while he did get depressed after the fact, he knew it was the correct decision, and it did not draw him to commit suicide. He was even dating model Gemma Ward before his death.
    It is obvious that Ledger made a some pretty poor and ultimately lethal decisions on how to handle his mental health issues, but it is definitely not an obvious assumption that he committed suicide.

  3. 54% to 46%
    The people have spoken!
    This movie will be a hollywood holocaust!

  4. Fire whoever’s doing the casting!

  5. How’s this for casting? When Avengers three comes out we can have Howard Stern as Captain America, J Lo as Thor, and Obama as Iron Man!

    Why get the right actor for the role? That just dumb!

  6. I have no pen1s

  7. Michael Rosenbaum did an EXCELLENT job of portraying Lex on Smallville. Was he not available??? You got Mark Zuckerberg instead?

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