Warner Bros./DC Entertainment were some of the big winners at the 2015 San Diego Comic-Con, after new footage from their 2016 releases Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad went over well with the Hall H crowd. That was before new Lex Luthor actor Jesse Eisenberg made headlines when he compared the experience of attending Comic-Con to 'genocide'.
The Dawn of Justice star went on to describe how "horrifying" it was for him personally to have thousands of people screaming at him during the WB Hall H panel and the accompanying autograph session on the show floor. Now, he's looking to clear the air a bit, by making it clear that he's grateful to be part of Batman v Superman.
Speaking with the Associated Press (hat tip THR), Eisenberg admitted that his "genocide" comment was one of hyperbole and said he truly is appreciative of the support Batman v Superman received:
"I of course was using hyperbole to describe the sensory overload I experienced. I sometimes do employ that. I'm a normal person who has normal sensory experiences, so Comic-Con was very overwhelming for me. That said, it was really an honor to be on that end of such jubilation."
People (understandably) focused on the word "genocide" when discussing Eisenberg's first remark, but the gist of it was essentially what he's saying here. The actor has not attended Comic-Con before, and for any first timer (let alone a principal player in a highly-anticipated movie), the sights and sounds of the event are going to be overwhelming. This is something Eisenberg is not used to (Batman v Superman is one of his first big blockbuster roles), so it should be expected that he'd be taken aback by the outpouring of fandom.
It is nice to see Eisenberg put a positive spin on his time in San Diego, and hopefully this will start to mend any fences that were damaged earlier. It's true that the actor may have been a little uncomfortable at Comic-Con, but he seems to have a good grasp on how much this movie means to so many, and that's something he isn't taking for granted. Even if SDCC put him out of his element, he would prefer that than going through some worse experiences he's had during his career:
"That people are excited about it in that way is unheard of and thrilling. I've been on the receiving end of movies that no one loves and no one anticipates. That's worse, even though it's a much quieter press tour."
You may have thought that his original word choice was a bit poor, but it's honestly easy to see where Eisenberg is coming from. No matter what profession a person works in, they like to know the work they're doing means something and has a strong purpose. For an actor, they get a kick out of seeing the passion and admiration moviegoers have for their upcoming release, especially when it's something like a beloved property such as DC Comics. Eisenberg having an understanding on the fans' dedication to the blossoming franchise is a great thing, as it will only encourage him to step up his game further.
As Eisenberg put it, "They expect me to use hyperbole! If I didn't, I'd be the hero who usually speaks pretty practically."
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.
Source: Associated Press (via THR)