While some people involved in the DCEU have been discouraged by the divisive movies, Jesse Eisenberg remains hopeful and is even looking forward to playing Lex Luthor again in future movies. Debuting in 2016's Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice as the conniving villain, the actor has only played the character one other time since, in one of the two Justice League stingers.
In an effort to course correct Warner Bros. struggling superhero franchise, there have been huge personnel changes at DC Films in the last few months. IT and The Conjuring producer Walter Hamada has been named the new president of production of DC Films and Chantal Nong as his vice president. It's still unclear how the studio will run under new management but fans are hoping that this is the pivotal break needed to finally launch the DCEU into the stratosphere. Amidst persistent reboot rumors, behind-the-scenes drama and the long-delayed Time Warner and AT&T merger, loyal followers of the film series definitely need something good to look forward to.
In an interview with Variety, Eisenberg is still interested in playing Luthor for the DCEU saying that he's had a good time bringing the supervillain to life on the big screen. That said, he admits that he doesn't know the current status of the Warner Bros. superhero franchise.
"I hope so. I mean, I have no idea is the truth. I love playing the character. Probably in terms of movie acting, it’s the most enjoyable character I’ve had the opportunity to play. So I would love to do it again. But I don’t know what their slate is. If you have any pull, please use it."
Eisenberg's take on the memorable Superman villain in BVS proved to be quite divisive with fans, but reuniting with him at the end of Justice League looking more refined and sporting the iconic bald look of the big bad may have tamed people's opinion of him as the character a bit. If anything, the mid-credits tag that also introduced Joe Manganiello's Deathstroke was a highlight of the controversial movie as it hints at a possible Legion of Doom film. While Warner Bros. has not officially announced the film yet, it could be interesting to see the actor take on a younger version of the iconic DC antagonist in either the supervillain-led project or the much-clamored for Man of Steel 2, provided he's able to temper some of the over-the-top qualities many found obnoxious about him before.
Nothing is set in stone for the DCEU slate right now outside of the three films that have already nabbed release dates and are in various stages of production: Aquaman, Shazam! and Wonder Woman 2. Aquaman is currently in post, while Shazam! is in principal photography. Wonder Woman 2 also looks to be shaping up great, with the recent announcement that Kristen Wiig will indeed play the film's antagonist, Cheetah. The highly anticipated sequel is set to start filming this May.
Suicide Squad 2 is also reportedly preparing to shoot this fall while the unconnected Joker-origins film produced by Martin Scorsese will also begin this May. Other projects such as The Flash standalone film Flashpoint (which has finally locked-in new directors) and Green Lantern Corps. are also reportedly in active development. It remains to be seen which of these films will see Eisenberg's Luthor make his return, if any.
- Aquaman (2018) release date: Dec 21, 2018
- Wonder Woman 2 (2019) release date: Nov 01, 2019
- Shazam! (2019) release date: Apr 05, 2019