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Jesse Eisenberg Talks About His Role As Lex Luthor In Batman vs. Superman

May. 14, 2014by:

Like many of you, I was also surprised to hear Jesse Eisenberg being cast as Superman's nemesis Lex Luthor in the upcoming BATMAN VS SUPERMAN. Not to take away from the big distraction of yesterday, that being the awesome reveal of the Batmobile and Ben Affleck suited up; but we have some Luthor news. There hasn’t been a lot said since the announcement of his casting in January, but in an interview with IGN he finally opened up.

On just how different his take will be:

"I don't know the history as well as the people making the movie, so I guess it's up to them to figure out how much they want to separate it from previous incarnations. But I will treat it like it's its own role. There's no way to play the history of the character played by other people, unless you do some kind of wink, but that doesn't seem like a responsible way to act. So I will just do it as though it's a character, in the same way you do a movie like The Double, which is a smaller movie — but you just kind of treat it like a character, and that's probably the best course of action, I think." When asked the really important quest of whether or not he would be going bald for the role, he responded: "I'm not allowed to say anything, because of their privacy."

On being attached to a big franchise he said:

"The character's really good, so it's like doing anything else. They make a lot of those movies, so if you're an actor in things, you will probably cross paths with it at some point. But the character's written really well. It's a really great role. The fact that it's in a big movie, you know, it seems like a character that would be in any kind of movie. It just happens to be in a bigger, flashier kind of thing."

When asked the really important question of whether or not he would be going bald for the role:

"I'm not allowed to say anything, because of their privacy."

You have to appreciate his honesty when he doesn't just pander to the movies audience by telling us he grew up on Superman and Batman. He didn't go on about having the bed sheets with the vintage yellow bat symbol that his mom washed on warm so they were never the same (sigh). Enthusiastic or not, I look forward to his interpretation of the iconic role; he played a terrific jackass in THE SOCIAL NETWORK, I'm sure he can expand on that.

How are you guys feeling Eisenberg as Luthor?

BATMAN VS SUPERMAN opens on May 6, 2016 and also stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto and Ray Fisher.

Source: IGN

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6:13AM on 05/16/2014
I am so tired of hearing actors openly disrespect the history of the character they are going to play. To admit you don't know that much or aren't familiar with an iconic character is one thing...to not do anything about it is despicable. Guess what? GET FAMILIAR WITH IT. Would you treat Hamlet that way? What makes that any different? Actually, I would argue in this climate (where money is the bottom line), it's more important for you to know about Lex Luthor so you could play him properly
I am so tired of hearing actors openly disrespect the history of the character they are going to play. To admit you don't know that much or aren't familiar with an iconic character is one thing...to not do anything about it is despicable. Guess what? GET FAMILIAR WITH IT. Would you treat Hamlet that way? What makes that any different? Actually, I would argue in this climate (where money is the bottom line), it's more important for you to know about Lex Luthor so you could play him properly rather than knowing anything about Hamlet if you were playing him instead. If I were an actor and I had lived in a cave for my whole life and wasn't THAT familiar with Lex Luthor the first thing I would do is read tons of material on him. This flippant attitude is obnoxious, pretentious, rude, and arrogant. Man, the WB just continues to astound with their eff ups.
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4:54AM on 05/17/2014
I thought the same thing!!!! Is like he doesn't care who the character is, just he's going to give his best.... Sigh
I thought the same thing!!!! Is like he doesn't care who the character is, just he's going to give his best.... Sigh
10:17PM on 05/15/2014

Nope again

I've never seen this guy play a character other than himself, like Jack Nicholson only nowhere near as entertaining. Every incarnation of Lex has had to have some sort of stability against the alien presence, a self made man that was once the hero of a city until he was replaced by the Big Blue Boyscout. Not like it matters, everything about this movie is a big bucket of wrong. I prefer the Superman For All Seasons version of Lex, this kid has the imposing presence of that One Direction kid
I've never seen this guy play a character other than himself, like Jack Nicholson only nowhere near as entertaining. Every incarnation of Lex has had to have some sort of stability against the alien presence, a self made man that was once the hero of a city until he was replaced by the Big Blue Boyscout. Not like it matters, everything about this movie is a big bucket of wrong. I prefer the Superman For All Seasons version of Lex, this kid has the imposing presence of that One Direction kid from Spider-man 2.
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11:55AM on 05/15/2014

I'm going to give him a chance at least...

The only thing I have ever really enjoyed him being in was Zombieland. His acting has always been pretty much the same character to me. Yet, I find that you should never underestimate an actor. Sometimes they can blow you away. He's still far from what I would have chosen, but hey, so was Affleck. Either way I am excited as you can get for this.
The only thing I have ever really enjoyed him being in was Zombieland. His acting has always been pretty much the same character to me. Yet, I find that you should never underestimate an actor. Sometimes they can blow you away. He's still far from what I would have chosen, but hey, so was Affleck. Either way I am excited as you can get for this.
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11:29AM on 05/15/2014
I have always hated Jesse Eisenberg's characters. They are alway jerks without the cool factor. To be clear I don't hate Eisenberg, just his characters. Can he make me like Luthor the way that I liked the Joker? Luthor is iconic, and he has to be a guy that you can't get enough of. Can he do that? So far his acting range suggests no.
I have always hated Jesse Eisenberg's characters. They are alway jerks without the cool factor. To be clear I don't hate Eisenberg, just his characters. Can he make me like Luthor the way that I liked the Joker? Luthor is iconic, and he has to be a guy that you can't get enough of. Can he do that? So far his acting range suggests no.
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10:18AM on 05/15/2014
I 'd like to see how he looks when he is build up and buffed up....I mean Luther is suppose to be the acme representation of Man both mentally and physically. I want for once a fit Luther not some saggy old fuck like in the previous films. I want the comic book and animation version of Luther in this film.
I 'd like to see how he looks when he is build up and buffed up....I mean Luther is suppose to be the acme representation of Man both mentally and physically. I want for once a fit Luther not some saggy old fuck like in the previous films. I want the comic book and animation version of Luther in this film.
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1:24PM on 05/15/2014
Meh. The only reason he looked like that in the comics is because comic book artists don't know how to draw any other goddamn body type
Meh. The only reason he looked like that in the comics is because comic book artists don't know how to draw any other goddamn body type
11:31AM on 05/16/2014
You're mostly right, Grand_Marquis.
Remember when Byrne rebooted Big Blue in Man Of Steel, Luthor was a fat bald guy. Then he got Kryptonite poisoning and had a new young red hair body, before getting bald again.
Since then, he's always been represented as some kind of physical perfection...
Now that I'm thinking about it, at first, 75 years or so ago, he was kind of average as well.
You're mostly right, Grand_Marquis.
Remember when Byrne rebooted Big Blue in Man Of Steel, Luthor was a fat bald guy. Then he got Kryptonite poisoning and had a new young red hair body, before getting bald again.
Since then, he's always been represented as some kind of physical perfection...
Now that I'm thinking about it, at first, 75 years or so ago, he was kind of average as well.
10:07AM on 05/15/2014
I'm excited to see what this incarnation of Luthor will be like. We already know it will be completely different from what came before. Which is fine with me because, and don't get me wrong, I grew up on the old Superman movies and I'm a huge fan of Gene Hackman (and even Kevin Spacey's turn) but I want to see something completely different. I want to be terrified of what Luthor can do! There is no real threat from a campy villain. Eisenberg is getting a lot of dumps taken on him about
I'm excited to see what this incarnation of Luthor will be like. We already know it will be completely different from what came before. Which is fine with me because, and don't get me wrong, I grew up on the old Superman movies and I'm a huge fan of Gene Hackman (and even Kevin Spacey's turn) but I want to see something completely different. I want to be terrified of what Luthor can do! There is no real threat from a campy villain. Eisenberg is getting a lot of dumps taken on him about this, but I think there is real potential. I'm excited.
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8:37AM on 05/15/2014
Gotta give the guy a chance.
Luthor is smart, driven, obsessed and dangerous. Look forward to seeing if they can bring all that to life.
Gotta give the guy a chance.
Luthor is smart, driven, obsessed and dangerous. Look forward to seeing if they can bring all that to life.
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2:09AM on 05/15/2014
He can be a despicable villain if he wants to. That's a major part of who Lex is.
He can be a despicable villain if he wants to. That's a major part of who Lex is.
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11:37PM on 05/14/2014
I don't really like either of the title images on here. Those are both just fan made right? Not official? The top one clearly seems to be using Nolan's Bat shape. Anyway, he's an interesting choice. After reading the Lex Luthor Man Of Steel short comic, he's been my favorite comic book "villain," or he can be. I hope they go with the version where he's as close to human perfection as possible, with a huge ego, but wants to essentially be the savior to so many (or all) people and their
I don't really like either of the title images on here. Those are both just fan made right? Not official? The top one clearly seems to be using Nolan's Bat shape. Anyway, he's an interesting choice. After reading the Lex Luthor Man Of Steel short comic, he's been my favorite comic book "villain," or he can be. I hope they go with the version where he's as close to human perfection as possible, with a huge ego, but wants to essentially be the savior to so many (or all) people and their problems. Then he gets crazy jealous when an actual "perfect man" shows up, as well as really paranoid that he or other aliens could turn against humans, so he creates all the weapons and stuff and tries to make Superman look bad. He hates Superman so much bc he can never have Superman's abilities, and Superman doesn't even really have to work to maintain his abilities, as well as the attention he gets. That's a great character, and can be EASILY introduced after all the damage from MOS. He can represent the audience who didn't like that part of the film, or the entire film, and accuse Superman of being just as much of a threat as Zod. The only problem here is that I doubt Eisenberg will bulk up and seek perfection in that aspect as well, but that's not absolutely necessary. It's another example of his pride and desire for perfection, and I don't want him to be physically intimidated by Supes. I want him to walk up to him and point his finger right at his chest. It also seems like it will take away the possibility of Luthor wearing his armor/suit, but that's prolly best with Iron Man and Pacific Rim and Avatar and the new Tom Cruise movie coming out all using that. Also, they are gonna have to rush the introduction of kryptonite in this film. ...I think it'd be fine if he didn't shave his head. At least at the start of it.
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11:46PM on 05/14/2014
I don't know who it was that originally suggested it, but I think Denzel would have been the ideal casting for this. Only possibly problem would be his age. But he carries his body so well
I don't know who it was that originally suggested it, but I think Denzel would have been the ideal casting for this. Only possibly problem would be his age. But he carries his body so well
11:46PM on 05/14/2014
I don't know who it was that originally suggested it, but I think Denzel would have been the ideal casting for this. Only possibly problem would be his age. But he carries his body so well
I don't know who it was that originally suggested it, but I think Denzel would have been the ideal casting for this. Only possibly problem would be his age. But he carries his body so well
11:21PM on 05/14/2014
He's just so douchey. Lex is an arrogant, cold, calculating sob. All I've see is this dude play a smarmy asshole.
He's just so douchey. Lex is an arrogant, cold, calculating sob. All I've see is this dude play a smarmy asshole.
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9:31PM on 05/14/2014
I was just talking about him as Lex earlier. I think it's a great choice. Considering Lex is this genius and technologically savy I can see Jesse playing a very witty, motor mouthed, slimy kind of Lex. I think he can pull that off and bring the role "justice" (no pun intended). Now as for Gal Godot? ... That's a different story.
I was just talking about him as Lex earlier. I think it's a great choice. Considering Lex is this genius and technologically savy I can see Jesse playing a very witty, motor mouthed, slimy kind of Lex. I think he can pull that off and bring the role "justice" (no pun intended). Now as for Gal Godot? ... That's a different story.
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9:31PM on 05/14/2014

I don't care....

....about him being a jack-ass, Graham. Lex Luthor has NEVER (in comics, animated TV or films) been a jack-ass. It's not who he is. This is exactly why people responded so negatively to his casting. If he's a douchey emo dirtbag like the Social Network, then it will be a HORRIBLE character for DC's only shot at getting the JLA movie done.
....about him being a jack-ass, Graham. Lex Luthor has NEVER (in comics, animated TV or films) been a jack-ass. It's not who he is. This is exactly why people responded so negatively to his casting. If he's a douchey emo dirtbag like the Social Network, then it will be a HORRIBLE character for DC's only shot at getting the JLA movie done.
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11:44PM on 05/14/2014
It's kind of a weird balance, and I think Eisenberg's build, or lack thereof will hurt him, but he can't play it like he thinks he's so much smarter and better than everyone else like in social network. Not in that smug way. He has to play it where he KNOWS he's better and smarter than everyone. Having a perfect body would help that, and being more of a politician sorta than in the social network. Ironically, though I didn't like him in Superman Returns, more like the way Spacey is in House
It's kind of a weird balance, and I think Eisenberg's build, or lack thereof will hurt him, but he can't play it like he thinks he's so much smarter and better than everyone else like in social network. Not in that smug way. He has to play it where he KNOWS he's better and smarter than everyone. Having a perfect body would help that, and being more of a politician sorta than in the social network. Ironically, though I didn't like him in Superman Returns, more like the way Spacey is in House of Cards. He will speak to the drones and knows he needs their support, but he knows he's better than them too
9:30PM on 05/14/2014

Appreciate the honesty

As it seems he is approaching the role as if it's any other role to him. I suppose some people won't like that but to me it seems the best way to handle being cast as such an iconic character.

After reading this brief interview I have much more faith in this casting as I originally did.
As it seems he is approaching the role as if it's any other role to him. I suppose some people won't like that but to me it seems the best way to handle being cast as such an iconic character.

After reading this brief interview I have much more faith in this casting as I originally did.
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9:17PM on 05/14/2014
Like most people on the internet, I thought WTF when I first heard he was cast as Luthor. But after thinking about it, I realized there have been many interpretations of Lex (Hackman and Spacey in the movies, Rosenbaum on Smallville, and the animated series version), and I liked them all to some degree. He's a good actor and with a good script I'm sure he'll also bring a good interpretation to the character.
Like most people on the internet, I thought WTF when I first heard he was cast as Luthor. But after thinking about it, I realized there have been many interpretations of Lex (Hackman and Spacey in the movies, Rosenbaum on Smallville, and the animated series version), and I liked them all to some degree. He's a good actor and with a good script I'm sure he'll also bring a good interpretation to the character.
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8:45PM on 05/14/2014
I'm warming up to the idea of Eisenberg as our new Lex Luthor and as long as the story is good and the character's motives are relevant, then I think he'll be just fine.

It's just difficult to wrap my head around the casting since DC could have gotten Tom Hanks or Joaquin Phoenix for the role and both would have probably done a better job.
I'm warming up to the idea of Eisenberg as our new Lex Luthor and as long as the story is good and the character's motives are relevant, then I think he'll be just fine.

It's just difficult to wrap my head around the casting since DC could have gotten Tom Hanks or Joaquin Phoenix for the role and both would have probably done a better job.
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8:52PM on 05/14/2014
I always thought it was rumours. Heck, I even heard Phoenix passed on the role
I always thought it was rumours. Heck, I even heard Phoenix passed on the role
9:11PM on 05/14/2014
I did too. I would have loved to have seem him take the role, but I also like how he isn't really an actor who likes to be in the spotlight like most and enjoys making quieter, smaller films like Her, Two Lovers, We Own the Night, The Village, etc.
I did too. I would have loved to have seem him take the role, but I also like how he isn't really an actor who likes to be in the spotlight like most and enjoys making quieter, smaller films like Her, Two Lovers, We Own the Night, The Village, etc.
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8:18PM on 05/14/2014

I just hoping

That this will be a different Lex than the past movies (campy real estate agent Lex), which I have a feeling it will be.
And to be fair to Eisenberg, I doubt Hackman and Spacey knew much about Lex a well, in fact a lot of people playing superheroes generally don't know, but a lot do start their research when they get the role
That this will be a different Lex than the past movies (campy real estate agent Lex), which I have a feeling it will be.
And to be fair to Eisenberg, I doubt Hackman and Spacey knew much about Lex a well, in fact a lot of people playing superheroes generally don't know, but a lot do start their research when they get the role
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7:57PM on 05/14/2014

The idea of Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is growing on me

as long as the script and director are up to par, I think he'll bring something new to the role. And that's what the character desperately needs.
as long as the script and director are up to par, I think he'll bring something new to the role. And that's what the character desperately needs.
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8:00PM on 05/14/2014
Amen brother.
Amen brother.
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