Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel already stepped away from the beloved character in more ways than one. Some of these moves were bold and controversial, but I still respect him for his willingness to make tough decisions. There’s no reason to think he’s going to back off any time soon, and he might have made another decision that will no doubt arouse the ire of Superman purists.
One of defining aspects of Superman’s arch-nemesis Lex Luthor is his chrome dome. There are comics and adaptations where he has hair, but he’s always doomed to lose it. That may be the case when it comes to Jesse Eisenberg‘s Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Hit the jump for more. The movie opens May 6, 2016 and also stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Laurence Fishburne. [Potential Spoilers Ahead]
According to Batman-News, there were some LexCorp scenes filming over the past couple of days, and Eisenberg reportedly has “a lot of hair.” It’s also not his typical curly hair, but “a bit longer, kind of loose and wavy, and it’s dirty blonde.” (In the comics, Lex’s hair is red) So perhaps it’s something along the lines of his do for 30 Minutes or Less or Now You See Me? Batman-News also notes that these scenes take place towards the beginning of the movie, so there’s the possibility of Lex going bald later in the picture.
As for the character’s demeanor, Batman-News says, “Luthor has spastic mannerisms, like a 20-something guy that pounds energy drinks all day.”
ComicBook.com is in agreement about the character’s look and also agrees with Batman-News’ report that Holly Hunter‘s character is a U.S. Senator. In the aforementioned scene that takes place in early in the film, the senator and a congressman visit with Luthor, and “Lex seems ‘to embarrass or be very disrespectful to the congressmen on his way out.'” ComicBook.com also elaborated on Lex’s unsavory character:
Our source also offered that they felt that Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice’s interpretation of Lex Luthor is much better than it might sound from initial descriptions, describing him as “a slimy businessman we can all despise.” Our source indicated, “You are going to hate this guy. You are going to root for him to be punched by Supes when he weasels his way out of legal trouble. He is cocky and confident because he is THAT good at what he does. He’s a billionaire who knows he is more powerful than the Senator and Congressman visiting because he’s a billionaire.”
So is Eisenberg’s Luthor like Mark Zuckerberg on steroids? Is he going to tell the senator and the congressman that he could buy the capitol and turn it into his pool room? ComicBook.com adds that this LexCorp is like “Apple/Google, colorful and consumer friendly public image but serious potential for Lex’s deviousness.”
Finally, in another possible clarification on the casting, ComicBook.com says:
Japanese actress Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) is playing Lex Luthor’s assistant, who is named “Mercy.” In the comic books and Superman animated series, Mercy Graves is Lex’s personal assistant and body guard, where she is portrayed as highly intelligent and experienced in hand-to-hand combat. That hand-to-hand combat is probably only going to be good against Batman, and even then I wouldn’t bet against the Dark Knight taking more than a minute to knock her out.
Sound off in the comments about where you think Batman v Superman is going with Luthor, and where you think they should take the character.