In a crazy turn of unexpected events, Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's Batman Vs. Superman! On top of that, Jeremy Irons was also brilliantly cast as Alfred! How crazy and amazing is this casting!? I don't think anyone saw this coming. It will be interesting to see how Eisenberg is going portray the classic Superman villain. Here's what Snyder had to say about the casting in a statement:
“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.”
This just goes to show how far off all those other casting rumors were. Eisenberg is an incredible young actor, and I love the fact that he's been cast as Lex in the movie. I can only image it will be something like if Mark Zuckerberg became an evil villain hellbent on taking over the world.
When talking about the part of Alfred, Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend and mentor, Snyder said the role was “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.”
My excitement level for this movie just jumped up a ton. This is such great casting!