Jesse Eisenberg to Play Lex Luthor in BATMAN VS. SUPERMAN; Jeremy Irons Set as Alfred

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While we continue to wait with bated breath for some official casting news concerning the new Star Wars film, Warner Bros. has just dropped a bomb by announcing the casting of both Lex Luthor and Alfred in director Zack Snyder’s Batman-infused follow-up to Man of Steel.  The incredibly talented Jesse Eisenberg will be playing the villainous Luthor in the untitled Batman vs. Superman film, while Jeremy Irons will be assuming the role of Batman’s trusted companion Alfred.  Hit the jump to read on.

jesse-eisenberg-batman-supermanThough Warner Bros. recently pushed the release date of Batman vs. Superman from July 2015 to May 2016, production is still aiming to get underway in the next couple of months, and Snyder has now filled two big roles in the sequel.  Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg will play nemesis Lex Luthor to Henry Cavill’s Superman, while Oscar winner Jeremy Irons will fill the role of Alfred opposite Ben Affleck’s Batman.  The younger-skewing casting of 30-year-old Eisenberg is a bit surprising seeing as how many were dream-casting the role with older actors like Bryan Cranston (novel idea: the actor doesn’t have to be bald to play Lex Luthor), but it makes sense given the age of Cavill and I think it’s an inspired choice; Luthor is cerebral and cunning, and I can see Eisenberg absolutely nailing the role.  Snyder had this to say about Eisenberg tackling his first franchise film:

“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 role of Alfred, an older actor makes sense given that Affleck’s incarnation of Batman is planned as a seasoned veteran rather than another origin story.  Snyder said the following with regards to Irons taking on the iconic role:

“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.”

Affleck’s Oscar-winning Argo scribe Chris Terrio is currently rewriting the screenplay for the untitled superhero pic based on an original draft from David S. Goyer, and with the casting of Eisenberg and Irons in addition to Affleck, Cavill, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, it would appear that the bulk of the main roles in the highly anticipated DC movie have been filled.  We still have quite a while to wait before we see any footage though, as the sequel will arrive in theaters on May 6, 2016.  Sound off with your thoughts on this casting in the comments below.

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  • Doug_101

    I was kind of hoping for someone older as Lex, but Eisenberg can definitely play a smart dude. This could be really interesting. Irons is, of course, perfect as Alfred.

    • Al Conyado

      Yeah I’m also not against it, I think he’d make a great Lex.

    • Franklin Roosevelt

      I was kind of hoping for someone Asianer as Lex, but Eisenberg can definitely play an Asian dude. This could be really interesting.

  • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

    Well that was unexpected.

    I don’t have any problems with Eisenberg as an actor, but he plays every role kind of the same way. He doesn’t transform into the part. So when I see him in a role, I see Jesse Eisenberg. This may seem petty, but his voice doesn’t seem to be intense enough for him to be a criminal mastermind.

    So I don’t get this casting at all, but I didn’t see his screen test either.

    • Nomis1700

      I’m with you. This casting is beyond me. Jesse Eisenberg, da fuck.

    • LL

      Saw him in Richard Ayoade’s The Double, and Jesse can definitely play an evil, confident, smart-a-hole. Anyone who has seen that film will probably be confident about this casting.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        I will optimistically check it out. Frosty actually said the same thing on AMC Movie Talk earlier today.

      • Mike

        Big ups for Richard Ayoade as a director. submarine was pretty great and I hear good things about The Double

    • God of Collider

      And the Lord wept. God sent two angels, disguised as Luthor and Alfred, to destroy Superman vs Batman.

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      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        That took a really odd turn very quickly.

        With that said I would like to add:

        When he rolls up his sleazes, He ain’t just putt’n on the ritz.

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      • BigJimSlade

        Ramen!

    • Todd Atkins

      You’ve exposed yourself as an anti-semite. You just can’t handle a jewish Luthor. I’m sure if Zac Efron had been cast you’d be creaming yourself. It’s disgusting.

      • doctor_robot

        anti-semite?? dude, take your meds.

      • Todd Atkins

        You’re probably one of those pro-Palestinian asshat’s who support children suicide bombers because Israel is oh-so evil. How dare you.

      • Ruprect

        Wow! The guy you originally responded to said NOTHING to indicate he had a problem with Jews or Israel. YOU are the one being an asshat here.

      • God of Collider

        Lulz, it was just me gracing you all with some classic, traditional trolling.

      • Ruprect

        Ah. Then perhaps you are the one who can explain to me something … What possible pleasure can that bring you and others like you? Never understood that.
        I imagine that “Our GAWD” is one of your toons too then.

      • The more you know!

        Pretty simple. You see, for those of us with an above average intelligence derive great pleasure in seeing those of a lesser intelligence get worked up over nothing. Once you understand how people think it’s really a very simple process to construct phrases or arguments that will get them aggravated. Call it an advanced form of satire. Those who troll exploit others’ prejudices and biases in an attempt to take them down a peg. Its a funny game. Think of the comedian Andy Kaufman. It’s very funny to see someone being strung along especially when they aren’t in on the joke.
        I’m one of the best at it.

      • Ruprect

        Ok. Thanks for the info. Seems an awful waste of an above average intellect to be poking mundanes online (unless it’s that Mixed Race in NYC dude) but, if that’s your thing, enjoy.

      • Todd Atkins

        Also, do you know where i can find a Trayvon Martin impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like CORN! LULZ! ;-).

      • Ruprect

        Ok. Thanks for the info. Seems an awful waste of an above average intellect to be poking mundanes online (unless it’s that Mixed Race in NYC dude) but, if that’s your thing, enjoy.

      • The more you know!

        Pretty simple. You see, for those of us with an above average intelligence derive great pleasure in seeing those of a lesser intelligence get worked up over nothing. Once you understand how people think it’s really a very simple process to construct phrases or arguments that will get them aggravated. Call it an advanced form of satire. Those who troll exploit others’ prejudices and biases in an attempt to take them down a peg. Its a funny game. Think of the comedian Andy Kaufman. It’s very funny to see someone being strung along especially when they aren’t in on the joke.
        I’m one of the best at it.

      • Our GAWD

        And so you better be believing that
        Our God is an awesome God

        Our God is an awesome God
        He reigns from heaven above
        With wisdom, power, and love
        Our God is an awesome God

        Our God is an awesome God
        He reigns from heaven above
        With wisdom, power, and love
        Our God is an awesome God

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        Whoa! You take your movie casting news very seriously!

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        Whoa! That escalated fast! You make very interesting connections.

      • sparticus

        maybe your jealous that the man of steel is jesus reincarnated ;)

      • sparticus

        maybe your jealous that the man of steel is jesus reincarnated ;)

      • adsfff

        Actually Zac Efron is jewish too. And in hollywood it seems you can’t throw a rock without hitting a jew.

      • The_Smirking_Revenge

        ^^^ Funniest post on here. Well done.

      • bee

        WTF? On what planet is the name EFRON less Jewish than EISENBERG? Efron is fickin’ HEBREW and Zac is part Jewish. Why is the human race so f–n’ stupid?
        Michael Rosenbaum is Jewish and played Luthor for a decade.

      • bee

        WTF? On what planet is the name EFRON less Jewish than EISENBERG? Efron is fickin’ HEBREW and Zac is part Jewish. Why is the human race so f–n’ stupid?
        Michael Rosenbaum is Jewish and played Luthor for a decade.

    • LEM

      He plays Jesse Eisenberg in everything.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        Up to this point, that’s all I’ve seen. He plays Jesse Eisenberg very well, but that’s all he does. I don’t to see Lex Eisenberg.

      • Ruprect

        Same reaction I had when I heard Heath Ledger was going to be The Joker, Micheal Keaton was going to be Batman, Jim Carrey was going to be in a serious movie called The Truman Show or (and I am old enough to remember this) Gene Hackman was going to play Luthor back in the ’70′s.

        I was wrong.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        I could be totally in the wrong.

        The difference I see in these scenarios is with those previous bad calls, those actors fault wasn’t that they always seemed to play all characters the same way. That is my hesitation with Eisenberg. I always see him not the character. Even with my hesitations in the past, I can’t say that for those other characters.

        When it’s Eisenberg I just see him.

        But I haven’t seen the screen test. So I could be wrong and this could be his breakout performance.

      • Ruprect

        Carrey played something different than Ace Ventura or The Mask or his staple of ILC characters before Truman?
        Keaton played more serious than Beetlejuice, Mr.Mom or Nightshift before Batman?
        To be fair, there are some actors that just rub me the wrong way and I cannot see them playing anything other than what I have seen them in too. You just have to wait and see sometimes and hope for a nice suprise.
        Believe me, if Eisenberg or Affleck fucks it up I will supply the torches and you bring the pitchforks.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        My probably Eisenberg is that I just see Eisenberg. I don’t see the character. Carrey hadn’t played serious before Truman Show, but he played many different forms of goofy. Ace Ventura, The Mask, Dumb and Dumber, Liar Liar…they’re all goofy, but they’re all different characters.

        Same with Keaton with Beetlejuice and Mr. Mom. They’re not serious but they’re not the same.

        When I see an Eisenberg performance, I just see a single personality acted the same way doing something different. He’s convincing as that one thing, but that one thing doesn’t seem to fit Lex Luthor.

        I’ve heard that his next moving coming out in about a month may convince me otherwise. I’m totally open to being proven wrong (especially since I want this movie to be good). But from the four or five performances I’ve seen from him, they’re all kind of the same.

      • Ed Nigma

        I thought you were going to say the riddler with Carrey, i was preparing my whaaatt? but yeah i see your point, but even with that i still hope for a real miracle to remove Affleck from the Cowl.

      • Ruprect

        I think he’ll do fine. Guy is STILL getting, IMO, too much bitchy flak from the Dark Times of J-lo.

      • Dev1359

        Except Heath Ledger didn’t play Heath Ledger in everything he’d been in up until he was cast as the Joker. He’d just shown off the tremendous range he had as an actor going from Lords of Dogtown to Brokeback Mountain. That’s the huge difference between his casting and Eisenberg’s casting as Lex…Eisenberg has never really shown that sort of acting range. Also Gene Hackman was a terrible Luthor so I’m not sure why you bring him up, he was way too comical and not at all what Luthor is supposed to be.

      • Ruprect

        “Supposed to be”, eh? Did not know there was a way that fictional characters who have been published for decades in MANY different incarnations by MANY different writers and are “supposed to be”. Who knew?

      • Dev1359

        Yes, “supposed to be”. Just like how Spider-Man and the Joker are supposed to be funny, and how Batman is supposed to be serious.

      • Ruprect

        Myopia personified. Very sad.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        To be fair to Gene Hackman, he wasn’t playing the modern Lex Luthor. He was playing Lex Luthor from an era where Luthor was a mad scientist who wanted to be evil for evil’s sake.

    • Whatchuptu

      I agree – he’ll need to reinvent Lex, first stop; vocal coach, second stop; gym, third stop; head waxing….

  • Sameer Shahnewaz

    It will be great , a modern day Bill Gates/Steve Jobs/Mark Zuckerberg like figure would make the more realistic lex , so in that sense the casting is spot on , also this would take us to uncharted territory , it’s unexpected but awesome if pulled right

    • JBug

      I kind of hope they don’t make him bald. I know that goes against cannon, but it would feel a little forced on Eisenberg.

      I’m pretty happy with the casting decision.

    • James VDB

      Let’s make him super realistic and then end with 30 minutes of Superman destroying computer generated buildings.

      • cetrata

        Don’t forget that we can’t have superman save anyone except those important to him.

    • JK1193

      And it does make sense as well, to go with the actor who brilliantly portrayed Mark Zuckerberg for Lex Luthor. I’m actually pleasantly surprised, I think he’s a fascinating choice.

    • Farrell

      you forgot the Zack Snyder factor…meaning any interesting casting is immediately rendered pointless because he’s directing.

      • Ass_Kegels

        LMFAO!

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        true.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        true.

    • Anubis

      Totally agree and am actually really shocked that people are thinking in such mainstream obviousness, rather than seeing the potential here. Zack and co. have balls for thinking so far out of the box and i applaud the fuck out of that. I also think Eisenberg is going to absolutely kill as Lex.

  • Person

    Wow I don’t even know how to react right now….

    • James VDB

      You should react by watching Dungeons & Dragons (2000).

      • brNdon

        I was doing a great job at forgetting that movie existed… Thanks a lot.

      • Albert

        It was thoughtful of you to specify the year lol

      • The Flobbit

        Or how about Kafka, Reversal of Fortune, Kingdom of Heaven, or Margin Call?

      • Person

        I have no problem with either of them as actors, just can’t imagine them in their respective roles. Irons as Alfred is a bit easier to imagine, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen him play a good guy except maybe Kingdom of Heaven (I think?). Eisenberg is a fantastic actor but as Lex Luthor? This will either be a stroke of genius or the movie will fall flat on its face. I’m really hoping it’s the former.

        Loved Man of Steel, so I’m looking forward to this regardless.

      • The Flobbit

        Or how about Kafka, Reversal of Fortune, Kingdom of Heaven, or Margin Call?

  • krstphr

    I feel like this movie is just one giant troll.

    • Da5id

      I feel like this movie is just one giant turd.

    • movieDude

      I read your comment in Daniel Day Lewis’ voice from There Will Be Blood. That made it perfect.

  • shawn

    lol this movie

  • Justin Timberfartinalake

    You know what’s cooler than a million dollars?

    • James VDB

      Yeah, a menacing villain.

  • Nomis1700

    This supersucks.

  • SomeGuy

    Hmm, Eisenberg is a bit young compared to his co-stars and I guess Irons is all right for Alfred. In both situations, wardrobe and make-up will play a major role. Maybe they pushed back the release date in order to joke around with the casting. Probably not.

    • Jamesy

      Eisenberg is the same age as Cavill…

      • AngryBeaver

        Everyone keeps saying this but who GIVES A SHIT IF THEY WERE BORN IN THE SAME YEAR.

        He LOOKS 10 years younger than Caville and way too young for Lex.

      • Jamesy

        Fair enough he does look younger than Cavill but we don’t how he’s gonna look in the movie. If it will be shaved head, facial hair or if he’ll bulk up a bit. If they write the character the right way, which I think they will considering Chris Terrio is now on board so it has to be at least better than what Goyer and Snyder initially had, I think he’ll pull it off. Go the fast talking business savvy smartest guy in the room route and it should work out well. It doesn’t have to be Oscar worthy which I think everyone now somehow feels a villain performance should be, it just has to be right.

    • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

      Eisenberg is only 5 months younger than Cavill.

      • http://thenonessentials.blogspot.com/ Sean Chandler

        It’s funny to me that someone negative commented this. Cavil was born in May of 1983 and Eisenberg was born in October of 1983. Do they not like reality?

    • Anubis

      Eisenberg and Cavil are the same age.

  • Michael N.

    That came out of nowhere…
    Jeremy Irons as Alfred is interesting, though I must say that Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is kind of disappointing to me. Not sure how I feel about Lex being that young. EIsenberg might be an Academy Award nominated actor, but I was really hoping they would have been much more ambitious in casting and go get Joaquin Phoenix.
    All in all I must say my excitement for this movie has decreased.

    • Brad

      Phoenix didn’t want it. That’s pretty obvious considering that he’s turned comic book films in the past (‘The Avengers’) and hasn’t played an unqualified villain (excluding maybe ‘The Immigrant’) since ‘Gladiator’, which was nearly 15 years ago.

    • holland

      It’s pretty legit getting an actor the same age as Cavill.

      Also it’s amazing that Lex the genius has never been portrayed as a nerd, at most he was portrayed as a evil scientist in the first superman comic. Seems they are going back to his roots.

  • Murdoch

    DAMN! I can’t believe believe that the fan made trailer for his movie actually nailed the alfred actor. Too bad Walter white won’t be playing Luthor. But i’m actually VERY excited about Mark Zuckerberg going up against Supes & Bats.

  • The Destroyer

    Well this was out of left field. Eisenberg proved he could play a cocky, ambitious young billionaire in The Social Network, so hopefully he can bring that energy with ruthlessness.
    Also, Jeremy Irons is perfect. Why didn’t I think of this before?

    • Farrell

      I don’t buy Eisenberg as intimidating without a squadron of lawyers behind him. And isn’t Luthor supposed to be an experienced businessman? Eisenberg looks like he just turned 21 and inherited a fortune.

    • gallullan

      Eisenberg played a cocky, ambitious NERD, he wasn’t a billionaire. And intelligence has always been intimidating.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Lol
    Hahahahahahajaha
    Oh my god
    I can’t breathe !!!
    Shit so funny
    Lol
    Hahahahahahajaha

  • Davis

    Shit stop crying you geeks

  • HeSaidSheSaidReviewSite

    How is Jeremy Irons in the mix for this movie and they end up giving the role of Alfred…instead of Luthor? Then they go and cast Facebook for the lead villain. There are no words for that.

  • yrulaughing

    Eisenberg seems like a bizarre choice, but he can pull off condescending, witty banter extremely well. It’ll be weird seeing him bald though

    Irons as Alfred is exactly what the fans, and fan-made trailers, were asking for

  • Armond White is my master now

    JESSE EISENBERG??? THAT FUCKING KID FROM ZOMBIELAND????? IT’S A JOKE??????? MY LITTLE SISTER COULD KICK THE ASS FROM OF THAT ASSHOLE!!!!!! LEX LUTHOR SHOULD BE A FORCE OF PURE EVIL, NOT A CURLY HAIRED NERD!!!!!! GOOD LORD, SOMEONE MUST FIRE THE CASTING DIRECTOR OF THIS MOVIE!!!!!!! RIGHT NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Nomis1700

      AGREEEE MUDDAFUCKER!!!!!!!!!

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Well if Michael Keaton can be batman and Heath ledger can be the joker… Why can’t Jesse eisenberg be lex Luthor ???
    -fanboy
    Lol
    Hahahahahahajaha

    • Mixed Race Idiot NYC

      Well if Tyler Perry can play Alex Kross and Forrest Whitaker can be a butler… why can’t Kevin Hart be funny???
      -mixed race rich kid NYC
      Lol
      hahahahahahhajaha

    • Mixed Race Idiot NYC

      Well if Tyler Perry can play Alex Kross and Forrest Whitaker can be a butler… why can’t Kevin Hart be funny???
      -mixed race rich kid NYC
      Lol
      hahahahahahhajaha

  • Michael N.

    The hole cast for this movie is very odd.
    First – Ben Affleck as Batman. I do not have a problem with Ben Affleck being Batman, though I think that most people would never have thought of him for the role.
    Second – Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Now this is where Hollywood shows it true colours by casting an “actress” that cannot act and only is in the movie business because of her looks. And with the casting of Jesse Eisenberg and the recent delay, this hole thing looks very messy.

    • JBug

      Between Cavill, Afleck, and Gadot, the acting is going to be atrocious. This will be even colder than the first. Hopefully Eisenberg will serve to lighten things up. I’m not optimistic in regards to this movie having any heart. Let’s just start with entertaining.

      • Todd Atkins

        Right you are! Also, do you know where i can find a Trayvon Martin impersonator that i can hire to come to my house, gather my family in the living room, drop his pants and start pissing in my open mouth while yelling “ACTION”? I’d really like that, in fact, i’m pretty sure that it’ll be the best birthday ever! I’m willing to pay $300 cash. $350 if he can make it taste like CORN! LULZ! ;-).

  • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

    Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and mini-me as Bizarro.

    Did I say Bizarre ? Comme c’est bizarre!…

    It is getting worse.

    • tarek

      Duurrrr, derp, DURRR!!!!!

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        that’s what your mom said when you were born: la vie est durr.

      • Comeback Kid

        Pound for Pound worst comeback in the history of Collider. Tarek: DURRRR, derp, DURRR!!!!!!!!!

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        wake me up when it’s time to laugh.
        Zzzzzz.

      • Lulz at Tarek

        Hey, your penis pics went online! Wake up, because it’s time to laugh.

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        So you laugh when you see penises on the web ?
        Hum…Interesting.

      • Best of the Best

        You fucking fail brah, whilst I slap my floppy dink across your forehead sheerly for the lulz. Tappity tap tap. BEOTCH!

        Seriously, is there no one on this site, or, in the entirety of the net who can challenge me?

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        I never slap a disabled man. Especially when he is lying on the ground

      • God of Collider

        Do it hurt that the joke comment got many more likes than your original comment. BURNT SO BAD IT’S TOAST, BITCH!

      • http://tarek-to-verso.over-blog.com/ tarek

        Hum… I see. You are a “like” collector.
        Facebook has f*cked your brain brah.
        Mega Lulz ^^

      • Lulz at Tarek

        Hey, your penis pics went online! Wake up, because it’s time to laugh.

  • jonny

    Im not watching this now!! What a joke!! Even irons as alfred is wrong never mind eisenberg as luthor!!! Snyder is a joke who should never have been given the job. Warner bros are a joke
    !!

  • Steven

    I’d watch Jeremy Irons iron his clothes for 2 hours but Jesse Eisenberg is superbly irritating with that fast paced Fincher way of speaking all the time.

    They really are gonna fuck this film up or even worse turn it into a joke franchise like The Amazing Spiderballs.

    • eternalozzie

      your poles seemed to be reversed.

  • James VDB

    The only thing that could make this worse is a bald cap.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Did Michael Cera turn the role down???
    Lol
    Hahahahahahajaha

    • eternalozzie

      you are quite the megatroll these days

    • Chris Nolan Superfraud

      Keep it up mix-raced Kid. You’re doing great.

    • Melwing

      LMFAO even if I was sold on the Eisenberg casting, I would be applauding you for this. Great post

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Hollywood misheard the fanboys
    We said Heisenberg as lex Luthor and they heard eisenberg
    Lol
    Hahahahahahajaha

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Did woody Allen turn the role down ???
    Lol
    Hahahahahahajaha

  • eternalozzie

    this movie just keeps sounding better … not a big fan of wonder women … this is going to be a fun movie to watch … so much good talent.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    They could have cast the crippled kid from game of thrones
    Lol
    Hahahahahahajaha

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Dane cook as the flash !!!
    Lol
    Hahahahahahajaha

    • Stan

      Your mother as my ass slave !!!
      Lol
      Jaha!!!!

      • Guest

        Wait, you too? Damn . . . that skank told me i was the only ni&&er she took up the pooper. Damn, i need to get myself checked.

      • cezar211091 .

        that was rude

  • JBug

    Embargo on Mixed Race rich Kid NYC – don’t respond to this loser or give him any votes, up or down anywhere.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    You know what
    Now I’m excited to see what role the rock will play
    Doomsday, bane, cyborg, wonder man ???
    Lol
    Hahahahahahajaha

    • Melwing

      Barbara Gordon

  • sense11

    Ive being siting here for the last 10 minutes absorbing this information.

    Jeremy Irons as Alfred is absolutely brilliant casting, that man can do no wrong that’s a non issue

    Eisenberg as Luthor is an inspired choice, I was expecting a buffed older Luthor but thats irrelevent because physicality is not Luthors strong point, its his brain. He must look evil as fuck bald or else they wouldn’t have cast him. I’m inclined to say that he can pull this off because of the last scene of the social network when he essentially turns into Mr Burns as the movie fades to black and you can feel the evil oozing out of him.

    My initial reaction to both castings is good, bring it on

    Now who is playing Nightwing?

  • http://mattedscreen.blogspot.com/ TheMattedScreen

    I love how people are slamming the movie before there is even technically a movie to be slammed. Wait for a trailer folks – then start judging.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Wonder Woman is a Jew and lex Luthor is eisenberg ???
    Who the fuck is the casting director ???
    The same guy who casted Schindler list???
    Lol
    Hahaha

    • sense11

      Why dont you shut the fuck up with the racist shit, for a guy that claims to be at NYU you sound like a fucking retarded troll of the worst kind.

      Hit like if you’ve been thinking the same thing

      • GunzOfNavarone

        Do you not realise, the more attention you pay him, the more he will do it? If people just ignore his childish crap, he might get bored of it, it not, we can all just keep flagging his comments and Collider may block his MAC address.

      • sense11

        true that, it was knee jerk reaction but you are right

      • JBug

        I feel you. It’s difficult to hold back.

      • Liderc

        I don’t know why Collider doesn’t ban this racist idiot.

      • cezar211091 .

        don’t feed him,kids.i stopped replying to him some time ago

  • poppincherry

    LOL!!!
    Warner Brothers are soooo fucking desperate.
    Jessie is the fucking poor man’s Michael Cera.
    You telling me that Jessie didn’t rip off Mike’s acting swag in Zombieland? Buwhaaaaa!
    This is pathetic casting except for Irons, who is amazing!
    WB’s marketing department has their hands all over this bullshit.
    Jessie is gong to be a verbose, kevitching Lex Luthor.
    My god wtf is going on here!

    • Liderc

      While it’s a weird choice, don’t ever compare Jesse to Michael Cera, Cera isn’t in the same ballpark talent wise.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Can’t wait for the heartwarming scene where Alfred tells batman how homosexuality will result in more incestuous marriage
    Lol
    Hahahahahahajaha

  • Davey Perry

    Jesse Eisenberg? Of course! Blow his Social Network Zuckerberg out into comic-book proportions, and voila! Lex Luthor: paranoid, egotistical and utterly ruthless super-genius. Three more names for the haters: Ledger. Joker. Oscar. Why so serious now?

    • Seanpb

      You’re right, no risky or left field casting move has ever backfired spectacularly.

      • Murdoch

        Both oscar nominees. How left field is it, really? And for a comic book action movie?

      • Seanpb

        The guy has zero on screen presence, bar being as menacing as a cockroach. There’s just no oomph to him. Luthor is always sort of honourably fiendish or underhanded, Eisenberg is so weedy he’d have to hit you when your back is turned, or have someone else do it for him.

        There’s this utterly brilliant scene in Tom DeHaven’s novel ‘Its Superman!’ Where Lex goes to visit his mother at a cemetery. Some hired goons have been sent to assassinate him. Essentially he ends up disarming one of them and ruthlessly taking the others down. Immediately it shows he isn’t a coward. He isn’t someone you can push around.

        I hope it works, as I said in a comment below its clear the sort of Luthor they’re going for, but it’s just a weak representation of the character.

      • Strong Enough

        thank god we don’t care about your opinion

      • Seanpb

        When you say “we” is it because you have split personality disorder?

      • Strong Enough

        I am the Lorax of Earth. i speak for all!

      • eternalozzie

        tree hugger

      • eternalozzie

        tree hugger

      • Strong Enough

        I am the Lorax of Earth. i speak for all!

    • The Flobbit

      Stupid fans like you can’t keep bringing up Ledger’s name to justify crappy casting.

  • Mixed Race rich kid NYC

    Ok
    I’m done
    This is just too much for me
    Peace

    • Strong Enough

      peace out homie

    • Marc

      Fox is really banking on xmen days of future past to be a hit. It must
      be a hit. Xmen days of future past will be the most expensive….Oh crap, wrong movie!

  • Seanpb

    Well… This movie will be entertaining one way or another, that’s now set in stone.

    It’ll either be a triumph, a genuinely exciting and well executed thrill ride of popcorn cinema… Or a smoldering hot mess of good intentions weighted down by laughable execution.

    Obviously they’re going for the Luthor is a Zuckerberg type (don’t mean to make that link). He’s young, rich and powerful… Can’t see Eisenberg being the physical menace Luthor ought to be, though. When Luthor has had some size about him he’s worked really well as a representation of human excellence, at least looking like he could take out anyone he wanted, save for a virtually invincible alien he crosses paths with from time to time.

    This whole thing smacks of being too clever by half.

    Like Irons as Alfred, though. Good choice there.

  • Oliver Queen

    20 mins ago… Irons i was happy with. Eisenberg i was shocked with (in a bad way). Now… Irons i’m happy with. Eiseberg i love as an actor and i know he’ll do the movie justice but… I WANTED CRANSTON!!! hehe ;)
    Also speaking of Oliver Queen, i wouldn’t mind him having a cameo in the film (just not Amell (who i also love)).

    • Oliver Queen

      *the ROLE justice

  • Chris

    Snyder’s films have had some problems, but casting has never been one of them. There was a lot of initial uproar over the cast of Watchmen too, remember.

  • Seth

    I wrote a blog post about my “dream Batman movie” a few months ago. Here it is: http://www.rottentomatoes.com/user/970979/blogs/?id=765154
    In that post, I gave my vote for Jeremy Irons as Alfred, so I do feel happy with that choice. I also cast Jessie Eisenberg … but as the Riddler. Which makes a lot more sense! Still, he’s a talented guy, so I’m hoping for the best, but expecting nothing.

    • JBug

      I just checked out the post. I thought it was pretty solid. Maybe some of it is a little too obvious, but that doesn’t mean it is not the right fit. I liked your casting of batman, comish, barbara and robin, but i don’t get the rock.

  • kemo

    Jeremy Irons – Yes!. the guy from the Facebook move NO!

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  • Bronson

    At least it wasn’t Michael Cera.

  • Dmula

    Interesting,Dicaprio would’ve been my 1st choice, but he’s going to remind me of Gene Hackman a little bit(Gene’s a better actor so relax). I love Iron’s as Alfred though.

  • orianalianna

    Who the hell is in charge of casting?! This is so asinine.

  • Dan Bowen

    How can Jesse Eisenberg possibly play an ego maniacal, intellectual, billionaire? He’s never played (or been nominated) for anything like this before?

    • Daniel O’Reilly

      Put it that way, I can kind of see Eisenberg as Luthor. It does make some sense that Supes and Luthor would be close to the same age, though that’s not generally how the character is handled (and I’m a little bit tired of him being in practically every single Superman movie).

  • agus

    The most annoying actor of the decade, i hate him so much

    • The Flobbit

      Two words: Michael Cera.
      Two more words: Dane Cook.

      Your argument is invalid.

      • Nemesis

        Shia Labeouf ?

  • Alec Safreno

    They’re lying to us!!! The movie’s actual title is Crisis: Superman vs Batman. Batman and Alexander Luthor team up to take down the evil Superman from Alexander’s home world of Earth-Three.

  • IMPYEMU

    Beautiful.

  • nelson

    I’m C.E.O. of LexCorp……Bitch

  • VitalyChernobyl

    No, no, no, we said, “Heisenberg” not “Eisenberg”!

  • http://whiterosebrian.tumblr.com/ White Rose Brian

    Now the casting is just becoming slightly random. With that said, I’ll still wait and see.

  • https://www.facebook.com/gilbert.mancillas Gilbert Mancillas

    He was such a tough wise asshole in the social network. Smart and well written. I honestly think this movie is going to surprise people.
    Face it people Heath ledger spoiled us and we forget that Jim Carey, tommy lee jones, Val Kilmer, George clooney, Alicia silver stone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and uma Thurman were all in batman movies…

  • Strong Enough

    wow…i’m speechless

    • The Best in Town

      Except you said something, so you aren’t speechlees.
      Strong Enough : “DURRRR, Derp, DURRR!!!!”

  • NICK НΛRT

    wow. very interesting. i know everyone expected an older actor, but he is actually the same age as henry cavill, and that is much more accurate to the comics. he definitely needs to put on some muscle though, the guy is a shrimp

    • NICK НΛRT

      and jeremy irons that is absolute gold how did i not see that coming

  • doctor_robot

    eh… what? casting fail.

  • YodaRocks

    Following is either a recipe for disaster or a moment of cinematic genius for superhero movies:

    A wooden superman who kills.
    An old Batman.
    A skinny Wonder Woman.
    A Young Lex Luthor
    A Lois Lane who knows that Clark Kent is Superman.
    And a too dashing for that role Alfred.

  • Natticus89

    Eisenberg has been playing college aged characters for a while, so people think he’s younger than he is. But seeing as he’s the same age as Henry Cavill, it should work out. And Irons as Alfred is excellent casting. The man who encourages his ward to dress up as a bat at night and beat the bejeesus out of people should have an air of dark cunning about him.

  • -

    I think Eisenberg’s a good actor, but I can’t help but be disappointed having heard rumours that Bryan Cranston and Joaquin Phoenix had been considered for it.

    • Redjester

      I can’t see Phoenix agreeing to a film like this in a million years. That said, I also can’t see Cranston turning a film like this down, and he would have been perfect!!

  • Daniel O’Reilly

    Irons I can live with as Alfred. Eisenberg was not someone I would have imagined as Luthor. Hopefully seeing is believing.

  • Redjester

    Jesse Eisenberg is simply too young for this role, even if he does possess the acting chops.

    Jeremy Irons on the other hand, is simply too regal for me to ever believe him to be a butler. Not a slam against him per say. I just can’t see it.

    • 80sRobot

      Eisenberg and Henry Cavill are the same age: 30.

      Word is that Alfred in this won’t be like a doddering butler. He may be tougher, and more involved in the action, similar to the version of Alfred in the Batman: Earth One graphic novel.

      • Redjester

        “In his earliest appearances, Luthor is shown as a middle-aged man with a full head of red hair.”

        Granted Eisenberg isn’t even remotely middle-aged. But perhaps this can be an origin thing. Anyway, I definitely wouldn’t be opposed to Eisenberg’s character having a full head of red hair. With all of the reboots, little changes like that might keep these franchises from going stale.

      • 80sRobot

        It looks like they are going for a variant on the Smallville continuity (in which Clark and Lex are the same/similar age). I like this, because it puts the two as rivals, who are each vying to find their place in the world as powerful men, who inevitably come into conflict. This will further differentiate that Batman/Bruce is going to be the older, jaded adversary to Superman/Clark (at least for this movie).

        Now, I am not arguing Eisenberg is perfect as Lex. I don’t know yet — I’m open to the possibility. But I do support the idea of Lex being the same age as Clark in this continuity.

  • milo

    If someone found out and leaked it on one of these comments pages, nobody would ever believe it. Ever. It would pretty much be the biggest accusations of trolling ever.

  • Melwing

    My first reaction was “… wait, what?”

    Then I thought about it a little bit, and I was like “… well… wait, what?”

  • john

    He was excellent in Now You See Me. Great choice for an intelligent, clevercand cunning mastermind villain. He probably isnt who most would have chosen and that is what will help make him a great choice. He brings the unexpected. Not your average or usual lex. Love this. Epic….

  • john

    He was excellent in Now You See Me. Great choice for an intelligent, clevercand cunning mastermind villain. He probably isnt who most would have chosen and that is what will help make him a great choice. He brings the unexpected. Not your average or usual lex. Love this. Epic….

  • LEM

    COME ON MAN! Jeremy Irons is good but Eisenberg as Lex?

  • LEM

    COME ON MAN! Jeremy Irons is good but Eisenberg as Lex?

  • AManWithAKilt

    The casting in this movie is just….weird.

  • Guest

    This news is proof fanboys will never be satisfied. Some are even knocking Jeremy Irons. Get the fuck outta here. The more controversial castings (Affleck, Gadot, Eisenberg)… all three could knock it out of the park and the next set of actors to sign up for one of these giant movies will get trashed prematurely anyway. All three could be terrible and the next set of actors to sign up for one of these giant movies will get trashed prematurely anyway. Keaton (he’s too funny!) and Ledger (he’s a gay cowboy!) and Hathaway (Princess fuckface!) and Jackman (who is this too tall nobody?) and Evans (he was the Human Torch!) and RDJ (he’s a drug addled buffoon!) and Craig (blond bond? kill yourself!) and Lawrence (she’s too fat to play the starving archer girl!) and Elba (the god that guards a magic rainbow bridge is BLACK? IMPOSSIBLE!) and

    • The Flobbit

      I agree with you absolutely, but you can’t justify left-field, silly casting choices by pointing out that, oh, this one worked out!

  • sense11

    Joel Kinnaman for The Flash

  • Marissa Evans

    Fascinating! Very unique choice. I’m curious.
    Eisenberg as well.

  • Chis

    Who needs to fired, the producer, the director? This is going to be some shit fest!

  • Tom

    They might as well have cast Michael Cera as Lex then hahaha.

  • Cog

    Now get Honey Boo Boo as Supergirl and you are right on track.

  • Chaz

    BORING. This is only going to add to the ridiculous and unbelievable quality this movie has already attained before it even started filming. They might as well let Michael Bay make this film. Zac Snyder can only hope his movies could attain his level of crappiness, of course only after he makes one more critical flop.

  • Marineboy

    He was making $89 an hour on his laptop before he was cast as Lex

  • j.w.

    You got to be kidding me. This kid has no charisma. I was expecting some surprise casting news for this movie that already seems boring. I was expecting a female Lex Luthor, Robin Wright in a leather costume with the Claire Underwood chilliness would have been perfect.

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  • MainFragger

    Jesse is kind of a strange choice….but I can see them using him if they are going the Alexander Luther turning into Lex Luther angle…
    Jeremy Irons….I’m not against it, but not my go to visual of what Alfred looks and sounds like. On the other hand, for a while, they showed that Alfred wasn’t just a butler, but a man who himself served as a British Spy and is capable of handling himself.. If they go that way, I can definately see it…

  • 80sRobot

    I read another poster elsewhere preferring Timothy Dalton as Alfred. And I think he would have been just as good a choice (not necessarily better than Irons — just as good). Regardless, I get the sense with the casting of Irons the movie will portray Alfred as a stronger old dude who’s more involved in the action and a mentor to Bruce, and not the doddering crybaby old man that he unfortunately became written as in the Dark Knight trilogy. I hope the rumors are true that Irons’ Alfred will be more like the version in the Batman Earth One graphic novel. Irons looks the part of that version of Alfred. Check out this graphic novel if any of you guys aren’t familiar with it — that’s a reboot of Alfred that would do well in this movie.

  • mattinacan

    what? this is the stupidest fucking thing i’ve read all week. this movie could be a real bomb.

  • Agent777

    and Steve Carell as Darkseid.

  • Poopty peupty pants

    This could be amazing. Eisenberg can be so good at this!!

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