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Jesse Eisenberg would love to continue his role as Lex Luthor

01.23.2015

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Jesse Eisenberg is currently at Sundance to show off his work in THE END OF THE TOUR and took a few minutes to discuss perhaps the biggest movie of his career so far, the upcoming BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE. He didn’t go into detail about his hair if you’re curious but did suggest that he would be open to returning to the role in the future.

Variety asked Eisenberg if he thinks he will ever play Lex again in a Superman sequel:

I would love to; it’s a great group and director, and the most ideal character to play.

One of the many rumors surrounding David Ayer’s upcoming SUICIDE SQUAD suggests he would be reprising his Lex Luthor role for the film. As he reminded us though in his interview, Eisenberg wasn’t exactly a Superman fan growing up. "No… I never minded him," he said also admitting that he only just watched the films now "just to understand the context of this one. But no, not as a child."

Fair enough. I can’t imagine everyone who’s ever been in a superhero movie was a fan of the material growing up. I’m still anxious to see what Eisenberg brings to the role; having just re-watched THE SOCIAL NETWORK and ZOMBIELAND this week, I’m in full fan-mode for this guy.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE hits theaters on March 25, 2016 and also stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Jena Malone, Holly Hunter and Scoot McNairy.

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Source: Variety

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6:08AM on 01/26/2015
I thought it was a given they'd keep him around. The rumour that he'd pop up in Suicide Squad as a connective element does sound like a good idea.
I thought it was a given they'd keep him around. The rumour that he'd pop up in Suicide Squad as a connective element does sound like a good idea.
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4:46AM on 01/24/2015
I think with Eisenberg they are trying to emulate Smallville by making Luthor a young businessman.
I think with Eisenberg they are trying to emulate Smallville by making Luthor a young businessman.
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2:07AM on 01/24/2015

No kidding...

Who wouldn't love...A GOLDEN HANDSHAKE??!! Still, he"ll be awesome as Lex.
Who wouldn't love...A GOLDEN HANDSHAKE??!! Still, he"ll be awesome as Lex.
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11:58PM on 01/23/2015

Still a crappy decision.....

The weakest link of ANY of the choices DC has made (outside of Suicide Squad). Eisenberg does snotty brat well, but has never done anything remotely similar to Luthor. Maybe he'll do it great and surprise people (like Ledger's Joker), but it's doubtful. Most likely he'll play him how he plays most of his characters. I haven't seen much range in him up to now (just nervous weak men or obnoxious eccentric ones).

His portrayal of Zuckerberg was virtually identical to his work in Now You
The weakest link of ANY of the choices DC has made (outside of Suicide Squad). Eisenberg does snotty brat well, but has never done anything remotely similar to Luthor. Maybe he'll do it great and surprise people (like Ledger's Joker), but it's doubtful. Most likely he'll play him how he plays most of his characters. I haven't seen much range in him up to now (just nervous weak men or obnoxious eccentric ones).

His portrayal of Zuckerberg was virtually identical to his work in Now You See Me. Watch it.....it's the same guy. If that's Lex Luthor, it will lessen the impact of the movie, no matter what monster they choose to face the superheroes.
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1:14AM on 01/24/2015
Can you REALLY determine it was a bad bit of casting BEFORE the performance is seen or reviewed? That's like saying a meal tastes bad before it was cooked.
Can you REALLY determine it was a bad bit of casting BEFORE the performance is seen or reviewed? That's like saying a meal tastes bad before it was cooked.
9:48AM on 01/24/2015
@JCL
Even though I don't know ho he will do as Luthor, and I'm rather opened to it...
If we go your 'meal' comparison, whatever the way you cook it, when you cook shit, it WILL taste like shit, and you don't need to eat it to know it...
So let's hope Eisenberg don't act shitty, right ?
@JCL
Even though I don't know ho he will do as Luthor, and I'm rather opened to it...
If we go your 'meal' comparison, whatever the way you cook it, when you cook shit, it WILL taste like shit, and you don't need to eat it to know it...
So let's hope Eisenberg don't act shitty, right ?
6:07PM on 01/24/2015
@Cathelotte

That would suggest Eisenberg is a bad actor, and In my opinion, there's plenty of evidence to the contrary. But then again, acting is as subjective as film itself. I think he's a great actor, but you may think he's awful.
@Cathelotte

That would suggest Eisenberg is a bad actor, and In my opinion, there's plenty of evidence to the contrary. But then again, acting is as subjective as film itself. I think he's a great actor, but you may think he's awful.
6:55PM on 01/24/2015
@JCLuthor0331 saying Eisenberg is a great actor is baffling. He plays the same person in every movie
@JCLuthor0331 saying Eisenberg is a great actor is baffling. He plays the same person in every movie
10:19PM on 01/24/2015
@LtSchlitz

As I've explained, it is a matter of opinion.

One can say Jack Nicholson always plays Jack Nicholson. It's all subjective opinion.
@LtSchlitz

As I've explained, it is a matter of opinion.

One can say Jack Nicholson always plays Jack Nicholson. It's all subjective opinion.
9:26PM on 01/23/2015
For me, this is still one of the more exciting pieces of casting. It's not the obvious choice, and Jesse is a very capable actor. On another note, I think he's just being coy; there's no way he signed on to a summer tent pole epic like BvS: DoJ and didn't sign a multi picture deal...
For me, this is still one of the more exciting pieces of casting. It's not the obvious choice, and Jesse is a very capable actor. On another note, I think he's just being coy; there's no way he signed on to a summer tent pole epic like BvS: DoJ and didn't sign a multi picture deal...
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8:53PM on 01/23/2015
As much as I am excited for this film, this is the one part of the casting and film that I thought DC really screwed up with. I feel like DC could have done a much better job with casting Lex.

For example, based off his performance in House of Cards, I would have love to have seen what Kevin Spacey could have done in this version of Superman then what he did in Superman Returns.
As much as I am excited for this film, this is the one part of the casting and film that I thought DC really screwed up with. I feel like DC could have done a much better job with casting Lex.

For example, based off his performance in House of Cards, I would have love to have seen what Kevin Spacey could have done in this version of Superman then what he did in Superman Returns.
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9:04PM on 01/23/2015
lets see how he plays it, he might surprise you
lets see how he plays it, he might surprise you
10:07PM on 01/23/2015
I'm totally with you on Kevin Spacey being a perfect choice for Luthor, but if they're insisting on having the character be young, there's really no other choice besides the guy who nailed Zuckerberg
I'm totally with you on Kevin Spacey being a perfect choice for Luthor, but if they're insisting on having the character be young, there's really no other choice besides the guy who nailed Zuckerberg
11:53PM on 01/23/2015
I keep hearing people say Eisenberg is perfect because of The Social Network. Exactly what does Lex Luthor have in common with Zuckerberg (a guy who took someone else's idea, had others code it for him, and managed to hit the market at just the right point)? Luthor isn't a savy businessman, and he's not a pretentious douche with girlfriend issues. He's the smartest man on the planet who thinks in terms of years, not days in his plans. He is a ruthless business man, and he is a violent,
I keep hearing people say Eisenberg is perfect because of The Social Network. Exactly what does Lex Luthor have in common with Zuckerberg (a guy who took someone else's idea, had others code it for him, and managed to hit the market at just the right point)? Luthor isn't a savy businessman, and he's not a pretentious douche with girlfriend issues. He's the smartest man on the planet who thinks in terms of years, not days in his plans. He is a ruthless business man, and he is a violent, vindictive human being who firmly believes he should be ruling the world because only he can do it successfully (and it leads to his hatred of Superman because he sees him as an equal rival for that position).

Seriously, other than Zuckerberg being rich, he has nothing in common with Luthor, so why do people think that portrayal matters?
12:26AM on 01/24/2015
Whoa des1,
You're off on Lurhors motives. He doesn't see Superman in that way. He sees himself as a savior of mankind. He sees Superman as a hindrance to mankind succeeding on its own - like a parent not allowing its child to grow on its own. Is he jealous of Supes? Sure. Is he selfish? Sure.

Frankly I agree with him.
Whoa des1,
You're off on Lurhors motives. He doesn't see Superman in that way. He sees himself as a savior of mankind. He sees Superman as a hindrance to mankind succeeding on its own - like a parent not allowing its child to grow on its own. Is he jealous of Supes? Sure. Is he selfish? Sure.

Frankly I agree with him.
1:13AM on 01/24/2015
@Des1

You contradicted yourself, you say Lex Luthor "isn't a savvy businessman" and then you go on to say he's "the smartest man in the world" and "a ruthless businessman". So which is it?

And what do Zuckerberg and Luthor have in common? I don't know, I haven't read THE SCRIPT. And neither have you.
@Des1

You contradicted yourself, you say Lex Luthor "isn't a savvy businessman" and then you go on to say he's "the smartest man in the world" and "a ruthless businessman". So which is it?

And what do Zuckerberg and Luthor have in common? I don't know, I haven't read THE SCRIPT. And neither have you.
11:32AM on 01/24/2015
Otisburg?
Otisburg?
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