Hang on to your Bat-shorts, Bat-fans, cause this one's a doozy. Following in the footsteps of such eclectic and unexpected casting choices as Heath Ledger for the Joker, Warner Bros. has announced that Jesse Eisenberg will play Superman's arch-nemesis Lex Luthor in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel, tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman. Meanwhile, Jeremy Irons has been cast as Bruce Wayne's longtime butler Alfred, taking over for Michael Caine, who last played the character in all three Christopher Nolan movies.
“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940," said director Zack Snyder in an official press release. "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.”
We agree with Snyder. Eisenberg isn't an expected choice, but he's definitely the kind of nerdy character actor who we could totally see engaging in brainy, nefarious schemes against superheroes like Superman and Batman. He's kind of a brilliant choice for a modern-day Luthor -- young, smart and calculated with enough coldness running throughout his performances to make you believe this guy could play the ultimate supervillain.
On the Irons casting, 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.”
Huge news for one of the most anticipated superhero movies on the horizon. Now we gotta know what you think. Sound off below and let us know. Batman vs. Superman is set to hit theaters on May 6, 2016.
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