Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) has been cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman movie.
Of this casting choice director Zack Snyder said, “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 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.”
Jeremy Irons has also joined the film as Bruce Wayne’s Butler, Alfred Pennyworth. Snyder also commented on this casting choice saying, “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.”
The film opens on May 6th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.