If people were super pissed about Ben Affleck landing the Batman role, I’m sure there are a couple of guys out there having aneurysms over the headline of this article.
According to Deadline and other online sources, it would appear as if Warner Bros. Pictures has found an actor to play their diabolical villain. Jesse Eisenberg, star of “Zombieland” and “The Social Network”, has been cast to play Lex Luthor.
Though I believe that Jesse is a fantastic actor with the wit and charm to play a Lex Luthor character, this still marks a radical change to the character in terms of age and appearance. Traditionally Lex has been depicted as being the same age as or older than Superman. And though he doesn’t have the physique of the Man of the Steel, he can usually be just as imposing in his own way. Jesse lacks both of these traits and is one of the youngest versions of Lex Luthor to be portrayed on screen.
Zack Snyder (director of Superman vs Batman) has also released an announcement today regarding the casting of Jesse Eisenberg and about the direction Lex Luthor will take.
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.
In other equally exciting, but less shocking, news Warner Bros. has also cast a new actor to play Alfred Pennyworth, Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler and fatherly figure. Actor Jeremy Irons will take on the role last held by Michael Caine. This is a casting choice I have no problem with, though it does strike a dynamic contrast with the Jeremy Irons I have in my head. With his voice and infamous roles, Irons has always been the perfect villain. Taking on the part of sweet and kindly Alfred will be quite a change for me.
Zack Snyder also briefly spoke about this casting decision:
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.
So there you have it. Internet, what say you?