Here’s some news that we did not see coming. Warner Bros. recently announced two new cast members for Batman vs. Superman, or whatever the Man of Steel sequel will be titled and they’re not what you’re expecting. First, Oscar-nominated actor Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) is set to for the villainous role of Lex Luthor and Oscar-winning actor Jeremy Irons will be Bruce Wayne’s mentor and butler Alfred in the Zack Snyder-directed sequel.
These two casting choices are totally out of left field because Eisenberg or Irons weren’t even rumored for the roles. They’re definitely surprising choices to a cast that already includes Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne. Here’s what director Zack Snyder had to say about Eisenberg’s casting as Lex Luthor, the infamous Superman villain:
“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.”
As for the casting of Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Snyder says:
“As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is 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.”
For all of you haters out there that are complaining about the inspired casting of Eisenberg, I highly recommend that you should watch his performance in The Social Network if you haven’t yet. His cold and nearly menacing performance in the film has assured me that Eisenberg has great potential.
Batman vs. Superman (I know it’s not the title, but this works until a new title is officially announced) will be released on May 6th, 2016.