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Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in new Superman/Batman movie

Michael O'Neill

Eisenberg as Luthor?

Fans and critics react with quizzical stares and question marks

Jesse Eisenberg, famous for his portrayal of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, has been cast as the chrome-domed villain Lex Luthor in the upcoming Superman movie.

Other than the initial outcry by fans and critics, even casual fans are taken aback by this decision. Eisenberg seems to represent everything Lex Luthor is not, and vice-versa. The matchup will definitely be a difficult one and it will be up to Eisenberg himself to win over viewers with his performance.

Fans were pushing for a more traditional version of Lex Luthor and hoping for Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston or even Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz. Both of which would have been much better fits on the surface. Cranston can easily play the crazed, bald villain to a tee. Waltz on the other hand would bring a sort of evil genius, conniving aspect to the role.

Eisenberg is characterized by his slightness, mild demeanor and awkwardness in a “Michael Cera type of way.” How he pulls of Superman’s notorious villain will be anyone’s guess.

Director Zack Snyder made the decision to cast Eisenberg, stating:

“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.”

It will surely be quite the departure from previous interpretations of Luthor.

The new Superman/Batman crossover movie will contain both storylines of the classic comic book characters; an interesting concept to say the least. Ben Affleck is already scheduled to portray Batman himself.

The film is currently untitled and is set to release in May 2016.

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