There’s been a lot of speculation over the last few months about who would play Lex Luthor in Batman Vs. Superman. However now Warner Bros. has announced that Jesse Eisenberg will play Luthor in the movie, with Jeremy Irons will as Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred.
Zack Snyder commented, “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 exist, 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.”
He continued, “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.”
There’s already been plenty of internet chatter over Eisenberg’s casting, with some suggesting he’s either too young or too nerdy to be the evil business magnate – although some feel that’s just what makes him right for the role, as in the age of the Internet, billionaires can look different from how we used to see them.
Henry Cavill reprises his role as Superman/Clark Kent, with Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. Man Of Steel stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane will also return. The film is set to open worldwide on May 6th, 2016.