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

Published 6 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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  1. Hate seems to be all inclusive when you sign on for a role in MOS2. Every person involved with making this movie has me very interested to see how this all comes together especially with Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Princess Diana , but most of all Ben Affleck is the s*** so I’m excited to see as Batman/Bruce Wayne so everybody forget about that daredevil s*** I’ve never seen any actor half ass Batman on the big screen.

  2. His looks does resembles luthor’s when he still got his hair ( in the comics,especially the 80′s pre crisis comics ).

  3. The most interesting thing about all this is, while there are over 600 comments…..there are OVER 5000 votes. Removing multiple posters (like myself) this bears out the theory that less than 10% of forum readers actually post.

  4. I’m not worried about Eisenberg doing a good job, I’m just curious on what WB’s thinking on this being a great idea.

  5. (May 10, 2016)- After much anticipation, it looks like we won’t be seeing the much-anticipated “Justice League” movie anytime soon, the highly touted “Batman vs. Superman” film opened worldwide, but raked in a measly $1 million on its opening weekend, Warner Bros. Chairman Kevin Tsujihara announced. Tsujihara goes on to say that “WB and DC Comics will no longer produce the long awaited “Justice League” movie given this movie’s disappointing box office returns”.. Tsujihara adds that David Goyer and Zack Snyder have been fired and had their 3 picture deal bought out as a result of this “Man of Steel” sequel’s massively disappointing performance at the box office. Tsujihara further said that Henry Cavill will never work for WB again, because this movie “ruined his acting career more than anything”.(Associated Press).

  6. BOTTOM LINE: IF YOU DON’T LIKE IT DON’T WATCH IT! DON’T BUY A TICKET, INCLUDING SOMEONE ELSE PURCHASING IT. DONT BUY IT ON VIDEO OR RENT IT… It’s your choice and to this “Well the other kids are going to see it” mindset its madness. You wont eat food if the water/waitress pooped on it right… Then why pay for any service you are not happy with. Come on people its 2014.

    • See..you’re missing the point…
      I want to like it… everyone wants to like the damn movie.
      And not just because of MOS… not just cuz its a superman sequel…
      Its becuz this movie would be a huge stepping stone towards Justice League. THAT’s the BIG payoff. That’s where we’re supposed to be going…a short road..or a long road..either way…
      The DC Movie Universe is depending on this movie to cross a billion… to smash records…to shows there is a market for their movies.

      And if this fails…then they go back to the drawing board…..AGAIN.

      Every bit of news coming out of this movie has needed to be defended. Not every weird casting they have done can work. That’s tough..

      • Yes, exactly.

  7. Critics at the Rotten Tomatoes website will most likely grade this “Batman vs. Superman” movie with a 10% approval rating when it comes out. Why? they rated “Man of Steel” at a paltry 55% approval rating. This Eisenberg casting will drive that ratings grade down further..

    • You’re wrong on SOOOOOO many levels brah.

    • Who actually takes that site seriously anyway?

      • Quite a few people… the reviews that came out were a major reason that the movie didnt cross a billion.
        Personally..i think the score should have been along the lines of 70% good….

        A critic’s opinion isn’t the be all and end all.
        But it matters. To a lott of people.

        • I like Rotten Tomatoes but they rating system is flawed. It is based on like vs. dislike but not about quality. The best review sight I’ve found is MRQE. They give films scores based on critics ratings but they also tell you how many gave it an A, how many gave it a B, etc. It’s helpful because you can see that although 80 percent of the critics like a movie most of them gave it a C.

        • Ooo I have something significant to say about this! The 70% you’re tacking on is an actual score – you’re saying you’d have given MoS a 7/10. But rotten tomatoes is a straight average of “rotten” and “fresh” scores – basically a yes, see it or no, don’t.

          Where rotten tomatoes is a good indicator is at the topmost and bottommost – a rating in the top say 90 percentile is incredibly hard to achieve, and is only handed out a few times a year. This means not only is the movie fresh, but it’s considered good across all critics, despite their personal preferences. Which, in turn, is a good indicator that all viewing audiences will like the film, regardless of personal opinion.

          The same is said for the bottom 10% or so.. This movie stinks, very few moviegoers will find it enjoyable.

          Where the line blurs is from about 30-40% up to maybe 80%, as in I’ve seen (and others have as well), movies that are rated 42% that I’ve liked way better than a movie at 70% – hence the problem with rotten tomatoes and its inherent flaw.

          You’re welcome, screen rant.

          • Rotten Tomatoes does however put the audience’s ratings right next to the critics. MOS got 76% good from the audience.
            Both these ratings together is a sufficient indicator of the actual quality of the movie. From the critics perspective..and the audience’s.

  8. One thing however I do like(without knowing anything about real lex’s origin story, I do like young (well, young looking 30 year old guy) genius type for Lex.

  9. They might as well should’ve cast Eminem.He’s already a Rap God lol,and is super cocky and arrogant.His acting in 8 Mile wasn’t bad either.Just shave his head and he’ll put that superman guy in his place.

    • How, by shouting angrily in his face like he does on all his songs?

      I dunno, I’d take Eminem less seriously than Eisenberg because Eminem has just ridden coat tails his whole career (first by lying that popular Detroit rappers Insane Clown Posse would be at his demo party back before he became famous and starting that feud and then by riding Dr Dre all the way into the charts).

      • Outsidaz, Rawkus Records, and the list goes on. But he’s not the first nor the last (Jay-Z and Nas were even more cutthroat back in their day). Em’s saving grace is skill.

      • So your saying even though MnM didn’t have the ability of his nemeses, he used his intellect to construct a situation where he can compete and sometimes overcome someone typically greater than himself? Sounds like Luther vs Superman to me.

  10. Eisenberg…..as Luthor???????? (SIGHS)

    • I heard he was just able, for the first time, to grow a partial mustache. If he can now start shaving, his next should be to play Luthor. No?

      Just kidding, of course. A lousy pick.

      • I got a good chuckle out of that, Jeff.

      • Are you still here and still constantly repeating yourself?

        For a casting you hate you sure spend a lot of time typing about it.

    • You know its official for me: I will be watching this online for free. These casting choices are just head scratchers. And before the sheeple, whining comic fans say it: “It’s still going to make it’s money even if you watch it for free.” Yes, I know that, tell me something I don’t know.

      And also, before the sheeple, whining comic fans say: “You are not giving these actors a chance in the role. Just wait, just wait. Please. WWWAAHHHHHHHH!!!!!”

      It’s mine opinion. DEAL WITH IT! Wozzy, wozzy, woo woo.

      • Many, if not most, of us feel the same way. With all of the hype the first film got, it should have made close to a billion dollars…but then it was released, and people realized it wasn’t that good.

        I believe that is partly why that have added Batman and Wonder Woman to the cast, essentially turning the next film into a Justice League – Genesis movie, because deep down, they know that Man of Steel was not worthy of its own sequel.

        • …why “they” have added…

          Apparently, I have ten thumbs tonight.

        • You know Jeff, I really like Man of Steel (it’s my second favorite Superman film behind Superman (1978)), and I think a Man of Steel 2 film, with Superman by himself, would have been fine. I was one of those folks, who did not want to see another Batman origin story stand along film, because we have all seen that before. With that being said, I guess that is why they added Batman for this Man of Steel sequel.

          But these casting choices are so left field. It’s like the producers said, “Hey let’s print up the photos of the actors we want and place them on the wall. Now, we will have one person come up and throw a dart for Batman. Okay, throw. Ben Affleck. Ok Ben Affleck is going to be our Batman. Next up, throwing a dart for the role of Wonder Woman. Ok, throw. Alright, Gal Gadot, will be Wonder Woman. Up next, etc, etc.” LOL.

          It’s like wow, the folks running the DC Universe seems to have no direction at all. I hope Warner puts out a good film, but it does not look good right now.

          • Personally, I can’t believe Affleck’s, Gadot’s, and most especially, Eisenberg’s pictures were even on the wall. :)

  11. Chris Evans? The Human Torch? Terrible choice for Captain America…

    Robert Downey Jr? The celeb rehab guy? Who wants to see him as a super-hero?

    Heath Ledger? The gay cowboy? Terrible cast for Joker!

    Anna Hathaway? Princes Diaries? She’s nothing like Catwoman!!!

    Chris Hemsworth? Who? He’s not who I want for THOR!!!!

    *1 – 2 – 3 – 4 *

    BA-BA-BA-DOO-WOP-BOPE!

    INTERNET!

    • Dr Mindbender “Chris Evans? The Human Torch? Terrible choice for Captain America…

      Robert Downey Jr? The celeb rehab guy? Who wants to see him as a super-hero?

      Heath Ledger? The gay cowboy? Terrible cast for Joker!

      Anna Hathaway? Princes Diaries? She’s nothing like Catwoman!!!

      Chris Hemsworth? Who? He’s not who I want for THOR!!!!

      *1 – 2 – 3 – 4 *

      BA-BA-BA-DOO-WOP-BOPE!

      INTERNET!”

      THIS SAYS IT ALL ABOUT NAYSAYERS. I’m a huge comic book fan for the last 30 years and this cast can totally work. Like any movie, it will have to be a well written and strongly directed piece which is whatI think DC is trying to go for. I love MCU’s saturday morning cartoon-ish approach(that’s what i call it)(it’s disney’s fault and we all know what i’m talking about)…but DC is going for drama and i can respect that. all of these actors with the exception of godat have serious acting chops and i’m not a fan of ben affleck the actor but i cant say ben affleck is a bad actor and anyone saying so probably calls mark wahlberg marky mark and scoffs at most things. i hate this fanboy-hipster-hate-it-if-it-isnt-your-dream-cast sh*t. I’d give more creedence to people worried about a characters race and honestly that doesnt matter either on secondary characters most times. just accept it and hope they make a good movie . rant. over .

  12. casting call

    Otis – Seth Rogen
    Mrs Teschmacher – Lindsey Lohan
    Nuclear Man – Lyle Lovett

    • ROTFLMAO!

    • ROTFLMAO! You know what’s sad? I would bet these producers would actually cast these actors in these roles, at the rate they are going.

    • Don’t forget to have Jon Cryer reprise his role as Lenny >.<

    • Actually, I could see Seth Rogen playing Otis rather well.

    • Cmon… all these could work..

      Remember Heath Ledger…. Anne Hathaway…..

      Maybe Shila Lebouf as nightwing….Nicholas Cage as Flash….we could get tyler perry as cyborg….

      • Lol, please stop, bro.

  13. I am dreading who they choose for my favorite hero, The Flash.

    • Jamie Kennedy…Don’t shoot yourself

  14. I don’t have much of an opinion of Eisenberg since the only thing I really remember him in is Zombieland. I used to get him and Michael Cera confused when they were both starting out, so appearance wise he seems like a blank slate. What I do find funny is how people are saying Luther has to be buff or look like he works out since Hackman, Spacey and the guy from Smallville aren’t exactly going to be mistaken for pro-wrestlers.

  15. I like all of the casting choices. Especially Gal Gadot who is super hot! What’s hard to understand is why so many people want old farts like Bryan Cranstan to play Lex Luthor. Superman and Lex are around the same age. They were grew up together in Smallville and were best friends.

    • …because although they may be the same age, Cavill looks like a man, whereas Steinberg looks like a boy. Also, us middle-aged folk, at least most of us, aren’t intimidated by Steinberg in the least. He is hardly the commanding or intimidating presence that Luthor should be. I said before that he barely looks like he could grow a mustache, and he would likely become someone’s “girlfriend” in prison. He is the worst casting choice I have seen in years.

  16. Couldn’t they have just kept it as ‘Batman Vs Superman’… This is just the justice league. They need to learn build up tactics like the MCU.

    • I agree.
      There method is not generating enough interest.

      **rolls eyes**

  17. This is becoming as stupid as Batman and Robin (1997).

  18. We should start a drinking game of this now…

  19. I honestly expected someone older as Lex, especially since we’ve already seen in the first film that LexCorp is already an established industry. Their interpretation of Luthor has got to be a hell of a prodigy, but that’s kinda pushing the realistic feel they’re going for.

  20. Alot of the negative comments seems like people just piling on. I can’t wait to see Superman Batman on the screen together.

    And with all the casting rumors I am pretty sure it will lead to a Justice League Movie so I am so hyped for this movie.

    I think he will make a decent Luthor as long as he is not acting goofy like the other ones before him. I want to see Luthor from the animated movies, rich, powerful, and a evil genius who’s main weakness is his arrogance.

    I’m just glad Luthor is not the only villain. I don’t know who the other villain for SvB can be I’m thinking Doomsday, Metallo, or Bizarro. I really hope they have Darkseid for the Justice league Movie.

    Jesse looks young but its the movies he can be made to look older. Its easier to look older than younger. I really didn’t want a 60 year old playing Luthor I wanted someone who could play Luthor in the future movies as well.

    • My guess is that the other villain is someone lex creates or is responsible for so metallo,bizzaro,parasite maybe even brainiac with lex trying to take advantage of the situation and the advanced tech.

  21. Now im completely confused by warner. Irons is the only good new casting.

    Henry cavill great choice for supes
    Jeremy irons awesome for alfred

    Gal gadot a skinny super model that cant act?
    Jessie eisenberg? Lol
    Amy adams first off blonde and looked 20 years older than henry and did a terrible job

    Jury is outon ben i think he might be good.

    As a whole these are shaky choices

  22. This movie will be epic and break records. Please give us the other villains!!!!

  23. i wanted to see them cast Gordon Ramsay as Lex

  24. He seems kinda in comparison to the rest of the cast. Maybe he is playing the “young” Lex Luthor in flashbacks. Maybe someone else will be cast as the older Lex.

  25. Sorry… *kinda young

  26. I trust Snyder.

    His films are my speed for better and worse.

    And knowing him… we’re going to get a Lex Luthor that is as far from Hackman and Spacey as he can get (not that their takes were bad, but for the sake of showing us something new within the material, and a young Lex Luthor as portrayed on the big screen would be that).

    With all the tid-bits we’ve been given, I have a hard time picturing what the final product will be, but…. that’s kind of cool, I think.

    Putting it off a year, SUCKS… for me, as an impatient fan. lol

    But I know that it’s good from a quality control stand point. This film has a lot to live up too.

    • +1

  27. So Jimmy Olsen is going to play Luthor, okay?

  28. Interesting casting choice. I’m glad that they chose a younger actor who can grow into the role in any sequels. Snyder seems to have a clear idea of his vision of what Superman is about. The result could be either a spectacular success or a spectacular failure. I am more than willing to give the filmmakers the benefit of the doubt.

  29. I am genuinely surprised with how close the voting is on this!

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