The casting of Superman’s nemesis has finally be confirmed as Jesse Eisenberg with Jermy Irons also joining Zack Synder’s sequel to Man of Steel as Batman’s butler Alfred.
This surprise casting announcement comes from ‘Variety’ and certainly resonates with the controversial casting decisions of director Zack Synder. The most surprising aspect of the ‘The Social Network’ star’s casting as Lex Luthor is how young he is. There were previous rumours of much older, and bold, actors linked to the role like Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston. This seemed like a obvious age bracket to establish as Batman, played by Ben Affleck, would be much “older and wiser” and the character of Lex Luthor we typically associate as a middle-aged man. Eisenberg however, certainly looks young for his age of thirty and is certainly a bold casting choice, whether he chooses to shave his head remains to be seen. This is what director Zack Synder had to say about the decision. ” Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavoury 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 the interestimg dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected direction.”
Accompanying the casting of Lex Luthor is also Jeremy Irons casting as Alfred Pennyworth, Batman’s trusted butler. Now, of the bat of Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, Sir Michael Caine’s performance will undoubtedly be a hard to beat so Irons, no pressure. Synder had this to say about the character of Alfred. “As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and farther figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honour 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.”
Jeremy Irons and Jesse Eisenberg will accompany Henry Cavill’s return as Superman, Ben Affleck’s Batman, Gal Gadot’s Wonder Women, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, alongside returning Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. Batman vs. Superman will release in May 2016 with production beginning in the second quarter of this year.