Even after rumors of an extended “Snyder Cut” of Justice League, Jesse Eisenberg confirms that no Lex Luthor scenes were cut from the movie.
After playing the Big Bad of 2016’s Batman v Superman, Eisenberg cemented himself as Superman’s nemesis in the DCEU. While the post-credit scenes of Justice League saw the bald-headed billionaire escape from Arkham Asylum, it neatly set up his involvement in the future of the franchise or a possible Injustice League movie as he was seen sailing on a lavish yacht. While some people might question whether Lex was supposed to play a bigger part, he was apparently always resigned to a minor role.
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Speaking to Variety, Eisenberg addressed his part in Justice Leauge and whether Lex was ever involved in taking on the League or being part of Steppenwolf’s plan:
No. I was in it after the credits…On the contrary, they added some stuff.”
With that in mind, don’t expect to see any expanded screen time with Eisenberg’s Luthor if a Snyder Cut of Justice League ever makes it into existence. As for Eisenberg, he seems quite content with having played second fiddle in Justice League if it leads to something bigger down the road. While Ciarán Hinds’ Steppenwolf battled the likes of Batman and Superman by bringing Parademons to Earth, there were originally reports that Luthor was supposed to reprise his role from BvS as the lead villain of the movie. However, Eisenberg’s words above confirm that he was only ever confined to the post-credits, as part of setting up the future of the DCEU.
Eisenberg’s portrayal of the infamous Superman foe is still one of the studio’s most divisive castings. While some have praised the eccentric “kid” version of Luthor, others have slammed a campy and unrealistic portrayal of one the major DC villains. That being said, Snyder and Whedon saving Luthor until the end of Justice League puts him in a huge position as the DCEU moves forward. It may have been a little jarring to jump from the intergalactic Steppenwolf to the human threat that was Luthor and Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke, but there is no denying that it provided some major fan service to those who stuck around after the credits rolled.
Justice League was by no means the blockbusting success that Warner Bros. and DC wanted it to be, which now leaves the slate of upcoming DC movies in disarray. However, despite Whedon leaving Batgirl and Snyder’s reported firing from the franchise, Eisenberg still seems to be part of the studio’s ongoing plans. Whether he pops up in the proposed Man of Steel 2, a second Justice League, or any of the other reported spin-offs, expect to see his chrome dome shine in the near future.
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