‘Justice League’: Jesse Eisenberg Confirms Lex Luthor’s Return
While the DC Extended Universe is in a bit of a flux at the moment, filming on the Batman v Superman follow-up Justice League continues. Production on the Zack Snyder-helmed superhero team-up got underway in London mere weeks after Batman v Superman hit theaters, but given the disappointing critical and commercial performance of the superhero smackdown, Warner Bros. has been in the midst of doing some serious behind-the-scenes shifting to ensure that future DC films are, well, better.
What does that mean for Justice League? At this point, we don’t really know—Chris Terrio’s script was, obviously, written well before Batman v Superman hit theaters, but on-set rewrites aren’t exactly uncommon. But now a big piece of the DC Films puzzle has been confirmed to appear in Justice League, and that’s Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor. Speaking at MCM London Comic-Con today (via CBM), Eisenberg revealed that he indeed has a role in Justice League:
“I’m kind of in wait. They just started filming Justice League, so I’m kind of like waiting for my crack at it. I don’t know what I’m allowed to say, because I feel like there’s probably some drone following me from DC, and if I say anything wrong I get, you know, picked off. But yeah I think so, and I love it, and I love everybody who’s in it. You know, it’s a really talented group of people.”
While Luthor’s motivations were fairly muddled in Batman v Superman, the film did appear to set him up as a significant part of the DC Extended Universe going forward, especially so in a deleted scene that showed Luthor communicating with an otherworldly being—likely Steppenwolf. Indeed, Steppenwolf is rumored to be the Big Bad of Justice League, so it makes sense that Luthor would have some sort of role in the follow-up given all that time he spent in that alien goo.
It’ll be interesting to see what kind of film Justice League is when it hits theaters. BvS actor Jeremy Irons recently got very candid about that movie’s problems, and with all the behind-the-scenes changes taking place, Warner Bros. appears to be taking steps to make sure Justice League doesn’t suffer from the same issues. Whatever the case, it sounds like we can bet on Eisenberg’s Luthor resurfacing at some point in the film—assuming he doesn’t end up on the cutting room floor, of course.
Justice League opens in theaters on November 17, 2017.