Warner Bros. Has Found Their Lex Luthor
After the news of a nine-month delay for the Man of Steel sequel, Warner Bros. has decided to give us some positive news. According to Variety, the studio has cast Academy Award-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Jeremy Irons will also join the star-studded cast to play Bruce Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
Eisenberg was nominated for an Academy Award in 2010 for his performance as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, and Irons won an Oscar in 1990 for his work in Reversal of Fortune. The casting Eisenberg comes as a surprise as rumors circulated of Bryan Cranston and Joaquin Phoenix being considered for the role of Superman’s nemesis.
According to Variety, director Zack Snyder said, “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.”
Regarding Irons, Snyder 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.”
Luthor has been portrayed by Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey in the past, and Eisenberg is an excellent choice to play the wealthy, highly-intelligent megalomaniac. One only needs to watch The Social Network to be convinced of his talent. Irons will replace the popular Michael Caine, who played Alfred in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Trilogy. Irons, however, is good in just about every role, so he’ll be great.
The untitled Batman/Superman film is currently in production. Argo writer Chris Terrio is currently rewriting a the screenplay written by Man of Steel scribe David Goyer. The movie is scheduled to be released May 6, 2016.
Story via Variety