Huge villain news on the Superman/Batman front.
According to Variety, Warner Bros. has announced that Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s untitled Man of Steel sequel. Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the new film.
“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940,” Snyder said in a statement. “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.”
Eisenberg and Irons join a cast that includes Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. The film also stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
Warner Bros.’ Batman/Superman film is in pre-production in Michigan now, with filming scheduled to take place over the next year.
Major spoilers that [potentially] hint at the storyline were leaked online last week. You can read them all here.
In the meantime, what do you think of the casting news? On the face of it, it seems bad, but remember folks Eisenberg was fantastic in The Social Network. Sound off in the comments below.