First, this has nothing to do with Jeremy Irons. We love him and love that casting decision. Second , I think Jesse Eisenberg is a fine actor. I can’t think of a single movie I’ve seen him in that I thought he did a bad job. But Lex Luthor!?!?!?!? I really can’t even fathom that. I’m in the supporter camp of Ben Affelck as Batman because I’ve seen him in enough things that I believe he can pull of not just Batman, but Bruce Wayne as well.
Eisenberg on the other hand, what have we seen that would make him Lex Luthor material? This deadpan delivery injected with bits of geek anger in The Social Network? Or was it his socially awkward performance in Zombieland? No I got it! It was his socially awkward performance in 30 Minutes or Less! Wait….no, that not it either.
No matter how we cut it, we have to admit that Zack Snyder has made some solid films in the past and geeks trust him. Be it the casting of Michael Keaton as Batman or that Aussie guy as the Joker….we’ve judged wrong before.
For now, geeks be like:
Source from Variety.com
The castings, announced Friday, come two weeks after Warner pushed production on the untitled “Superman-Batman” movie to the second quarter of this year and set a release date of May 6, 2016 as the studio departed from a July, 2015 slot.
The film is in pre-production with Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman and Zack Snyder directing.
‘Batman-Superman” will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, and also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
The screenplay will be written by David S. Goyer, from a story co-created by Goyer and Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as exec producers.
“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940,” Snyder said. “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.”
Irons is replacing Michael Caine, who portrayed in all three Christian Bale “Batman” films.
“As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure,” Snyder said. “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.”
Eisenberg next appears in “The Double” and “Night Moves.” Irons recently appeared in the television miniseries “The Hollow Crown” as Henry IV.”