Jesse Eisenberg often seems to have a bit of prickly vibe in the press, but he's been surprisingly forthcoming about his work as the villainous Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's wildly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. He's called his character "complicated," "incredible," and talked about treating Lex like a real character, and now the young actor spoke a little more about finding the character in an interview with Vulture:
"There is this trove of stuff about this guy. A lot of it's repetitive, like he always winds up on the roof of his building giving some faux benevolent talk about how he's going to change the city. It's fun to take that campy cartoony stuff and try to put it into a real person and try to reconcile the two.”
And when he was asked how his portrayal of the character would compare to Gene Hackman's in Richard Donner's original Superman film, Eisenberg talked about what he sees as the major differences between the two movies:
“This movie is so different ... it has real psychological underpinnings, and this movie character feels like a real scary person.”
I can definitely see him having the ability to make his Lex Luthor a scary guy. Power and wealth will allow you to get away with a lot in life, and having public opinion on your side (as he seems to have in the trailers) is another huge advantage. Luthor has always been manipulative, and I'm really looking forward to seeing what Eisenberg and writer Chris Terrio have cooked up with this new incarnation of the character.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice arrives in theaters on March 25th, 2016.