‘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,

batman superman jesse eisenberg lex luthor jeremy irons alfred Batman vs. Superman: Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons is Alfred

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. Heisenberg not Eisenberg!

    I’m happy about Irons casting, though.

  2. I really don’t see why everyone wants malcoms dad as lex. He’s 57 years old he will be closer to 60 when the movie is released. If tahe new superman..the I’m actually willing to hit superman and not 70′s donner I’m going to stand here and beat people with words superman…I can see lex and supes go head to head if lex designs his war suit.

    Now I want to use some comments I’ve seen.

    He’s to young. Dudes 30.. its easier to make someone look older. Steak of gray in hair or a different hairstyle. Simple little things can affect the visual aspect of a character. With craston it would take more to make him look younger.

    He can’t act. Man was up for best actor at the golden globes, oscars, best rising actor. He can act. He’s played roles where he has had to portray younger people but in his latest movie now you see me he was excellent as a magician where he mislead and redirected many people in the film.

    He’s to small. Why are we basing our comparison of lex luthor on an animated version? In the comics lex is not shone to be bulging with mucsles. Directly he’s more a lean figure like the flash. Eisenberg seems to have a decent size im sure if needed he could bulk up but I fail to see that as a reason to bash the guy.

    LexCorp. What does lexcorp do? In the comics it has been shown that its a research center, finacial institutions, refinerers, manufacturing, technologies, weapons..it goes on. As lex is considered a polymath, a person well versed in many feilds of mathmatics amd science, I don’t find it hard to belive that he could also be one of those .com billionaire or a steve jobs type. With the viral site that was launched prior to mos dvd release we see that along with star labs lexcorp has an exrensive science divison.

    Last the voice.not much to say on that. Its bad.

    But I like so many others want to see ww,batman, and superman on film together. I will wait to see a trailer before making jugdment.

    • You know why people are so high on Cranston being Luthor is because of Breaking Bad, whether they actually watched much of the show or not. He is a good actor, but if he was still just the dad on Malcolm In the Middle then they would be lighting their torches just like they are now about the Eisenberg casting.

      As for people’s image of Lex, I would guess that many modern comic books fans are very influenced by the animated versions of the characters which skews their perception of how it should look in live action. Considering the other people who have played Lex Luthor there really is no “type” for the character as far when it comes to a live action adaption.

    • And that voice of his is my biggest issue, no matter what they do he will always sound like a young kid strait out of college, kinda hard to consider him Superman’s equal.

    • I agree that Eisenberg is a good actor. I thought he was excellent in the social network.

      In this case, the blame should fall on whoever’s doing the casting. Look at it this way, would you hire Katy Perry as a bodyguard? Or Hulk Hogan to sing in an opera?

      Oh and now there’s a rumor going that Eisenberg/Luthor was a gang member????

      Are these people serious???

  3. This might just be a good choice.

  4. Why is Jesse Eisenberg a good idea for a villain that is Superman’s equal? Tell me why that is a good idea, cause I can’t see it done well without him playing Luthor in the flashbacks.

  5. Well, they’re both white, so everyone here is happy right?

    • You would think that would be enough. I guess it has to be a specific white man to play the part.

      • But is he white enough?

    • You could ressurect Micheal Jackson and have him as Lex doing a dance number, movie will still be awful

  6. Lex, Clark, Bruce, Diana and Alfred are white in the comics. Their ethnicity should no more be changed than Blade’s, Storm’s, Spawn’s, Black Panther’s or Lady Shiva’s! I would no more want to see Denzel Washington cast as Lex Luthor than I would Topher Grace being cast as Blade!

    • I’m concerned that they haven’t shown much racial diversity in their casting. Not yet anyway. (I know that Perry White is Black and I know that in the last movie there was an African American army general who had a few lines. But that’s it.) Their casting does not reflect the modern world and the cosmopolitan nature of our society. The city, Metropolis, that they are creating will look a lot like New York city except there will be very, very few people of color. The cast will probably be about 96% White. Think about it for a moment. Is New York city 96% White? Is this fair casting? Is this a realistic representation of any major modern western city?

      In a modern day film, such as this, occurring in a cosmopolitan city (you can call it Metropolis if you want to but it really represents New York City), when you have one or two roles for people of color and all of the other casting is Caucasian, is this more similar to fair representative casting or is it more similar to tokenism?

      If you look at the new X-Men movie, “Days of Future Past”, or the Iron Man movies or the upcoming Captain America, or even the latest Thor movie, there were some significant roles for actors of color.

      Many of these comic books started out in the 1960′s or earlier. The writers were catering to one particular audience. But times have changed. It’s not the 1960′s anymore and smart directors are reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of society in their casting. It’s not necessarily altruistic. Smart directors know that reflecting the cosmopolitan nature of our society in their films means that more people of color will actually go to see their movies. This means more box office revenues.

      Finally, with a good script that introduces new characters, the amount of “race-switching”, would probably be reduced. Not that there is anything wrong with “race-switching” when its done properly.

      Perhaps the producers don’t have any people of color present when they have their high level meetings and so they have a tendency to forget that such people even exist.

      • Oh man do not open this can of worms on here, the worms are alive and very vicious. Besides there is no racial diversity in a fictional world if it goes against the strict rules of cannon, whatever those are.

      • Yeah, let’s make everybody black!
        Gimme a f#%king break!
        Nick Fury is black, Electro is black, Harvey Dent in ’89 Batman was black, Perry White is black.

        I wanna see Black Panther played by Mark Walberg just so you can clench your colon so hard your eyes pop!

      • They remember every time a bank or liquor store gets robbed

  7. Whatever. I’m not gonna see ” Batman loves Superman”
    They lost me at Gadot.
    I’m gonna take my son to see LEGO movie.

    • You’re making it sound like “Brokeback Mountain”. I didn’t think that it was going to be that type of movie. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

      I though it was going to be more of an action-adventure sci-fi.

      • Warner produces the LEGO movies too, so it is an ironic way to make a stand.

  8. Just not intimidating. Lex Luthor is very much a character of intimidation. Can’t take him seriously

  9. I loved it …. nd I’ve complete faith in moth Snyder and Eisenberg …. “fanboys” who are giving negative/discouraging comments about this project, are nothing but idiots.. I’m sure they only know characters from both superman and batman’s storylines from the tv-series “Smallvile” and Nolan’s Dark knight trilogy….Small-ville ssucked big time accept for a few things like the casting of Tom welling as young clark Kent and Micheal Rosenbum as young Les Luthor, I also liked the idea of luthor and Clark being good friends during there late teen to early twentys. and Nolan’s batman is nothing compared to the actual batman. I liked batman begins, good movie wont take it as the DC version of batman movie. THe dark knight was outstanding, specially bcoz of the work of heath ledger as the joker.THe dark knight rises probably is one one worse work of chris nolan. I dnt understand how can a director like him makes so many mistakes in one movie……….

  10. Ben Affleck and Jesse Eisenberg are the nipples in George Clooney’s bat suit…Why are they there?!
    Nipples…smh

  11. Ben Affleck and Jesse Eisenberg are the nipples on George Clooney’s bat suit…Why are they there?!
    Nipples…smh

  12. This film should be banned for being so s#%tty

  13. Amen to that bro!

  14. They must of announced it wrong, real announcement: Jeremy Irons will play Alexander Luthor, with Jesse Eisenberg as Bruce Wayne’s foster brother/best friend Alfred.

  15. They must of announced it wrong, real announcement: Jeremy Irons will play Alexander Lionel Luthor, with Jesse Eisenberg as Bruce Wayne’s foster brother/best friend Alfred.

  16. 700 comments. Wow.

  17. This movie will suck

    • Nah…it’ll be great, DESPITE trolls like you. :D

      • Nah, I’m sure it’ll suck despite tools like you defending it

        • …says the tool.

          Pathetic.

          • Hey, everyone’s entitled to their opinion even if yours is worthless, @$$h0le

            • Ah, yes…Big Joke #4257 has opened his tiny member in a sad attempt to “rain” over our enthusiasm for this film being made. Fortunately, it’s merely a minute drip.

              Good luck with that, poor child… ;)

              You ARE right about one thing: You “dunno”…yet you still whine. Sad.

              • Speaking of minute drips, why don’t you buy some tampons and shut your face

        • Interesting that this crap is going to suck so badly, Snyder has his b—wiper chiming in lol

  18. This will tank and I can’t wait to laugh at you fools sticking up for this piece of crap

  19. Tell me about it. This movie will blow more than ARCHAEON at a m@nding0 p@rty

    • LMAO!!!!!!

  20. What a mismatch this is!
    Irons should be Luthor but is instead Alfred
    Eisenberg is Lex Luthor instead of Jimmy Olsen
    And Gadot and Affleck are in the cast when they should be cast in Fast & Furious 20

    • Watch what you say, the worshipers of the Batman does Superman film are listening…

  21. Whine, b***h & moan! F***’g Marvel fans! Every one complained when Anne Hathaway was cast as Catwoman and what happened? She rocked!!! The fan boys b***h’d about Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman and even Heath Ledger (the only actor to receive an Oscar for a comic book character!) Some are still posting their lame a** picks and trying to convince the world that the proven successes were a bad choice. Personally after MOS I’m totally psyched and can’t wait to see Bat vs Sup. I like the entire cast so far, especially Gal who is so beyond hot I can’t even come up with an appropriate adjective! Remember the characters are being updated for a new millenium. It’s no longer 1950 or the golden age!

  22. It’s not the same thing. Bale, Hathaway, Jackman, and Ledger can act.
    The movie will suck beyond sucking accept it.

  23. This isn’t like having Hugh Jackman playing Batman and saying he’ll be lousy cause he has an accent. Or like saying Katie Holmes is too short to be Wonder Woman. This is probably the worst casting ever! I’ve seen such negative response to a movie in my life! And this time it isn’t a minor flaw we have to overlook, but several!

    You wanna go be disappointed while you’re at the movies? Fine, go with our blessing

  24. movies like these? Why we have shootings there lol

    • Truly a tasteless and asinine comment…

      • Coming from a f00l like you, that’s a compliment.

  25. @ Vince

    Are you seriously saying Eisenberg and Irons can’t act? Let’s ask the Oscar nomination committee! And yes Affleck and Cavill have some serious acting chops as well. I haven’t seen Gal Gadot in enough films to assess her acting skills but with the rest of the casting choices I’m sure she’ll be awesome!

    @ JJ

    The comments are just as negative about any casting choice on any role on any site!

    • Why do you and d0ucheb@g o plenty over there even care what we think? Go see the movie in your delusional glee

    • I admit there are times where people jump the gun and think a movie will do horrible. This is not one of them times, Sir Edmund. And you’re not the first to say you didn’t see Gal in enough movies to know if she can act. Think about it, dude.

  26. Eisenberg as Lex Luthor? This makes less sense as it goes on!

  27. Confucous say, man with stupid cast make stupid movie

  28. @JJ

    I don’t recall seeing Hugh Jackman, Christian Bale, Jennifer Lawrence, Chloe Moretz or even Heath Ledger prior to their comic book character debuts. And, I believe they all pretty much nailed their parts!!! Greatness has to start somewhere!

  29. Hugh Jackman is a good actor but I think many will agree, the X-Men flicks could’ve been better. I hated the fact that Wolverine was six feet tall when he’s supposed to be around 5 foot 6. And look at X2- movie had way too many characters. And then the dreaded Juggernaut. “I’m the Juggernaut, b%*#*!!!!!” I can sense the same mistakes coming our way with this Bats vs Supes film.

    Christian Bale was great in that American Psycho, so we knew he could act, unlike Gadot.
    He also looks like Bruce Wayne unlike Affleck.

    Jennifer Lawrence is too young for Wonder Woman, this ain’t the Teen Titans, y’know!

    Chloe Moretz at least somewhat resembled Hitgirl from the comics.

    As for Heath, yes, his Joker was unique and I loved it. he was a good actor and even managed to channel negative energy from his messed up love life into the role. I can’t help but wonder if that what drew him to suicide.

    Zack Snyder has forgotten something about showbusiness that many have forgotten.

    Give the people what they want!!!

    • What’s all this about Jennifel Lawrence and Wonder Woman now…? She is 23, but is in no way, shape or form playing Wonder Woman. Gale Gadot on the other hand, is 28, which is more or less an appropriate age for the character.

      Also…Heath Ledger did not commit suicide. He had an accidental overdose due to a lethal combination of pain killers and benzodiazepines that he was taking for chronic insomnia.

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