When Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's "Batman Vs. Superman", practically no one saw that one coming. The rumors were swirling around stating Mark Strong, Joaquin Phoenix and Bryan Cranston were potentially up for the role. When Eisenberg was announced, it was clear that they were going for a very different Luthor this time around.
The feelings on this one are very mixed. Many feel Eisenberg has already displayed the chops and traits necessary to portray the brilliant foe of Superman. Others have expressed that he plays almost the same character in every film and is far from what they hoped would be the next incarnation of Luthor on the big-screen.
Regardless of which side of the coin you side with, it's indeed happening my friends. In a recent interview, Eisenberg shed some light on the approach he's going to take with the character.
"It’ll definitely be played by a different person, but I don’t know really how different this — 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."
Some fans aren't pleased that Eisenberg doesn't know the original source material, other than what the general public knows from the previous films and such. It's always a thrill when the characters you grew up with from the comics, are brought to life by an actor that adores the material as much as you do. That of course in no way dictates Eisenberg being unable to bring an amazing Lex Luthor to the screen, however.
He continued, "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."
Well there you have it. As stated, he is officially playing the role. So it's up to you if you're optimistic, in the "wait and see" camp, or if you feel it's doomed from the start.
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