Jesse Eisenberg Talks About the Psychology of Lex Luthor in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE

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When Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel (perhaps it’s actually a spinoff at this point considering how many new characters there are) Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, there was a lot of head scratching.  But I actually can totally see him in the role.  Leaving aside the completely arbitrary question of whether the character will have hair or not, Eisenberg has an intelligence that reads well onscreen not to mention the fact that he can really play entitled and angry.  Eisenberg recently spoke about the film and, while he couldn’t say much, what he did say makes me more confident than ever that he’s the right choice for the role.  In fact, I think his casting could potentially be the most interesting thing about the movie.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is currently filming in Detroit under the direction of Zack Snyder for a March 2016 release.  The film also stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams and Jason Momoa.  Hit the jump to see what Eisenberg has to say about playing Lex Luthor.

batman-v-superman-lex-luthor-jesse-eisenbergEisenberg told Total Film (with some quotes via CBM) that the psychology of the character attracted him:

“There are some indications of how the character should behave based on the script, and then as actor makes it his or her own.  I got to know one of the writers, Chris Terrio, and we were able to discuss things at length and figure out who this person is to create a real psychology behind what is, perhaps, in a comic book, a less than totally modern psychology. I can only say I’ve been asked to play an interesting role. A complicated, challenging person.”

He also apparently hasn’t seen many other comic book movies, not even The Dark Knight.  Though in researching this particular part he did watch “that movie with Gene Hackman,” which kind of made me respect him more since it’s rare that an actor of his age isn’t utterly plugged into these movies on some sort of career-aspiration level.  Still, he might be open to checking a few of them out if their level of craftsmanship is commensurate with the work being done on Batman v Superman:

“I realize how popular comic-book movies are, and now, working on one, I realise why they’re popular – the story is really good, the dialogue is really good, the artistry behind every department is high, the acting is really good. So if they’re all put together with that level of quality…”

jesse-eisenberg-batman-v-supermanEisenberg also discussed the somewhat backwards process of sniffing around one of these parts in a high security age where extreme measures are taken to prevent script leaks:

“They asked me if I wanted to play the part before they sent me the script. I’m not sure how it worked, but it’s something I read with the understanding that I could do the role… You know, they don’t just hand the scripts out. But I really liked it on its own terms. I would do it if it was for free and it was tiny.”




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  • Manuel Orozco

    I’m a little skeptical on how Eisenburg can pull it off. But time will tell

  • Manuel Orozco

    I’m a little skeptical on how Eisenburg can pull it off. But time will tell

  • M. Samsonite

    I’m not going to lie, most of my eggs are in the Terrio Basket on this one.

    • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

      Same.

  • yrulaughing418

    When no one was looking, Eisenberg took forty cakes. He took 40 cakes. That’s as many as four tens. And that’s terrible.

  • yrulaughing418

    When no one was looking, Eisenberg took forty cakes. He took 40 cakes. That’s as many as four tens. And that’s terrible.

  • zonver

    comes of a little weird when he says he didnt even watch TDK… i’ve seen actors do that a couple of time where they go like “well no i dont even watch that” .. like its something less… i really dont get that..

    • Cris

      some how super hero movies are beneath them or something yet at the same time they’d like to cash in on one.

      • dantae

        How does not watching something mean they think it’s beneath them? They’re just simply not interested

      • Spanky

        I’m never amazed how internet idiots can stretch something like this so far as to make a very harsh judgement call against someone they know absolutely nothing about based on one minor statement

        Why is it weird that he’s never seen TDK? A good number of actors likely haven’t.. so what??

        That means nothing about them as a person or even their tastes, get over yourselves and your own higher than thou attitudes

      • Cris

        I didn’t say it was beneath Jessie Eisenberg, I meant some actors could feel this way…. it’s a possibility. I don’t know how that makes me an idiot.

      • Malcolm

        I’m with Cris – just in the basic sense that, what, you didn’t see TDK? That was an awesome movie, Heath Ledger won the oscar fer god’s sake! It was all the buzz for a long time! Have you still not seen it? And now that you’ve been cast in this prominent role, as part of a franchise that is a tentpole to DC films who is in a mad scramble to broaden itself…why the hell haven’t you seen TDK yet? And why does it lend anything to kinda boast that you haven’t seen it? This movie is going to be a huge shart anyways…

      • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

        Who cares what the actor’s motivations are for taking the role?! That has nothing to do with their ability to turn in a good performance.

      • Cris

        never said it did I just offered a possible explanation behind someone’s motivation not Jessie’s or anyone in particular just commenting on what zonver said that’s all

      • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

        fair enough

    • Cris

      some how super hero movies are beneath them or something yet at the same time they’d like to cash in on one.

    • lord jim

      Why should every actor watch “The Dark Knight?”
      Why not “On the Waterfront” or “One Flew Over the Cuckoo´s Nest”, what exactly is so special about “The Dark Knight” that you consider it weird if an actor hasn´t seen it?

      • Nathan

        All those movies are must see for an actor, especially when studying other great actors.

      • agent777

        Lol, wow, Eisneberg your wife?

        It is fucking weird that someone hasn’t see TDK. Period. It’s like some on in 1982 not having seen Empire Strikes Back. It’s weird, at least odd. It doesn’t mean anything… but it’s fucking weird.

      • lord jim

        I have seen it (I actually prefer Batman Begins for it´s clever script and the Burton movies for their visual ideas and mood, The Dark Knight was rather boring in my book, I´d rather watch it´s main inspiration Heat ten more times) but I know quite a few people who haven´t seen it, because they don´t care for Batman, so I don´t see anything weird about it.You might consider it weird that many of my friends have seen “Winter´s Bone”, because I talked them into it, and it´s is a much better movie in my book.A lot of people like movies but don´t care for guys who dress up as bats, especially when they are older than 30 and didn´t read the comics when they grew up.So no, it´s only fucking weird if you are surrounded by teenagers who jum on every hype.

      • lord jim

        I have seen it (I actually prefer Batman Begins for it´s clever script and the Burton movies for their visual ideas and mood, The Dark Knight was rather boring in my book, I´d rather watch it´s main inspiration Heat ten more times) but I know quite a few people who haven´t seen it, because they don´t care for Batman, so I don´t see anything weird about it.You might consider it weird that many of my friends have seen “Winter´s Bone”, because I talked them into it, and it´s is a much better movie in my book.A lot of people like movies but don´t care for guys who dress up as bats, especially when they are older than 30 and didn´t read the comics when they grew up.So no, it´s only fucking weird if you are surrounded by teenagers who jum on every hype.

      • lord jim

        I have seen it (I actually prefer Batman Begins for it´s clever script and the Burton movies for their visual ideas and mood, The Dark Knight was rather boring in my book, I´d rather watch it´s main inspiration Heat ten more times) but I know quite a few people who haven´t seen it, because they don´t care for Batman, so I don´t see anything weird about it.You might consider it weird that many of my friends have seen “Winter´s Bone”, because I talked them into it, and it´s is a much better movie in my book.A lot of people like movies but don´t care for guys who dress up as bats, especially when they are older than 30 and didn´t read the comics when they grew up.So no, it´s only fucking weird if you are surrounded by teenagers who jum on every hype.

      • agent777

        Lol, wow, Eisneberg your wife?

        It is fucking weird that someone hasn’t see TDK. Period. It’s like some on in 1982 not having seen Empire Strikes Back. It’s weird, at least odd. It doesn’t mean anything… but it’s fucking weird.

      • agent777

        Lol, wow, Eisneberg your wife?

        It is fucking weird that someone hasn’t see TDK. Period. It’s like some on in 1982 not having seen Empire Strikes Back. It’s weird, at least odd. It doesn’t mean anything… but it’s fucking weird.

    • theseeker7

      umm, to be fair, we don’t know if he explicitly said that. The article’s author made a comment on how Eisenberg hadn’t seen many superhero movies, including TDK. It may have very well happened that the interviewer asked if the interviewee was a fan generally of superhero movies, had he seen many (including the likes of TDK that not only was a financial success, but fairly critically acclaimed), and Eisenberg simply answered that no, he hadn’t.

      We don’t know that he offered up that information unprompted. So it doesn’t have to be like Eisenberg went out of his way to come off like he was “above” such things.

  • zonver

    comes of a little weird when he says he didnt even watch TDK… i’ve seen actors do that a couple of time where they go like “well no i dont even watch that” .. like its something less… i really dont get that..

  • varagor

    I wonder if Terrio’s involvement clashes with WB’s supposed no humor mandate. Argo was a serious movie for the most part, but it still had some excellent jokes (Argo fuck yourself!).

    • computerbenefit

      I wouldn’t buy in to that “no humor” mandate thing too much. I feel like it’s been blown way out of proportion. Let’s just wait until the movie comes out.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        As long as they get another big comedy set piece like Pa Kent’s tornado in, I’ll have a good laugh.

      • Pernell Whitaker

        Lol.. Too true

      • Pernell Whitaker

        Lol.. Too true

      • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

        It was hilarious! He could have just told Martha and Clark he was going out for cigarettes. Instead he waited for a natural disaster to fake his own death with an illogical sacrifice just so he could abandon his family and start a new life with that hooker he met in Vegas.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Finally! A tornado, the perfect getaway! If only we had more of these in Kansas, I’d have been out of here years ago!

      • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

        Ohh so that’s why Jonathan Kent wanted to let that school bus of kids die in the river, Pa Kent was the bus driver and he sabotaged the trip just to stage a tragedy and slink away. This is actually making a lot of sense right now.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I like this more sinister version of Pa Kent more. Sigh. Maybe next reboot.

      • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

        He could show up in DoJ as some random sentient hologram and outperform Clark Kent in writing things and being nerdy.

    • computerbenefit

      I wouldn’t buy in to that “no humor” mandate thing too much. I feel like it’s been blown way out of proportion. Let’s just wait until the movie comes out.

  • LEM

    He talks about an actor making it his/her own but I’ve yet to see him become a character in anything. He’s not an actor, he’s just a dude in movies.

    • eternalozzie

      an example of how every person’s personality influences their perception … Eisenberg has been brilliant whether he’s a playing a CEO, a zombie survivor, or a blue animated bird. My 1st impulse at reading this comment was nerd rage. How can someone not see the world exactly like me?!?!?!?

      • LEM

        I don’t see the rage but It’s a view many people share about his ability as an actor. I will concede that I haven’t seen every movie he’s done but enough to draw a conclusion that he has no range and has yet to transform into a character. If you have an example of something different please let me know because I will watch it.

      • Dantae

        Tell me how the awkward teenager in Zombieland, and the calculated genius in Social Network are the same thing?

      • LEM

        How did he play it different? you just described the character from the script but not his performance.

      • JBug

        They are both not good in social situations. That is a huge characteristic that both character have in common. One might be a genius and the other a random kid, but that’s circumstancial.

      • mattinacan

        he acts exactly the same playing all those roles you mentioned. i don’t dislike the guy, but he has one note. Like channing tatum.

      • agent777

        The most common thing I hear said about Jesse Eisenberg is that he always plays himself. It’s alot of people opions so you can’t play the reactionary fan card.

  • LEM

    He talks about an actor making it his/her own but I’ve yet to see him become a character in anything. He’s not an actor, he’s just a dude in movies.

  • VicManMan

    I don’t understand why people are so skeptical about him. He’s been pretty great in everything I’ve seen him in, and he looks like the antithesis of Superman.

    • Cris

      I agree that he could be great in this film but I think most people see Lex from the comics and just don’t see Lex in Jessie. He could be awesome though I’m going to give him a chance, I hope he goes all out and shaves the head!

      • VicManMan

        That’s true, but there’s so many different interpretations of Lex in and out of the comics. There’s mad scientist lex, the mogul lex, etc. I feel like Lex changes with whatever the times deems appropriate. Right now we’re in the age of the young billionaires. That being said, I doubt he can top Michael Rosebaum.

      • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

        Rosenbaum was a palatable Lex in the YA world of Smallville, but even then, his motivations were that of a child, not a power-obsessed megalomaniac with a keen eye for how to market his ambitions so he appears to be the planets saviour. I don’t think we’ve ever seen a Lex on-screen that is a credible threat to Earth and a genuine moral challenge to what Superman represents (whatever he represents in the Snyderverse). I think Jesse Eisenberg can do the Lex role justice (see what I did there?) by adding a more contemporary take on a dated character.

      • VicManMan

        That’s true, but there’s so many different interpretations of Lex in and out of the comics. There’s mad scientist lex, the mogul lex, etc. I feel like Lex changes with whatever the times deems appropriate. Right now we’re in the age of the young billionaires. That being said, I doubt he can top Michael Rosebaum.

      • Ryan Marsh Thunder Fairweather

        These days writers seem to feel the need to connect everything so deeply. Lex will start with a healthy head of hair you could just run your fingers through all day but Supes performs eye laser hair removal on his skull during their first encounter. Now Lex wants him DEAD!

      • lord jim

        haha, I´d pay to see that!

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

      Because for the majority of us we’ve only seen him play characters one way. He talks the same way. He has the same quirky personality. Jesse Eisenberg plays Jesse Eisenberg in everything. He’s good at his onscreen persona, but he does the same thing an awful lot.

      And most of us when we think Lex Luthor we don’t think the Jesse Eisenberg personality.

      That was magnified by all the rumors about Bryan Cranston playing Luthor. Cranston was an obvious safe pick, and everyone could easily predict what the role would look like. Then it’s announced it’s Jesse Eisenberg. Which for me personally, I have no idea what to expect.

      • lord jim

        Cranston would have been so great, damned, we should put down Eisenberg as much as we can, that guy needs some serious rage to play a villain.

      • Steel Shirt

        Even if Jesse Eisenberg plays Lex Luthor with his usual onscreen persona it is still preferable to Gene Hackman’s take. Gene Hackman is one of the all-time acting greats but his camp, comedic portrayal of Luthor didn’t do the character justice and is one of the weakest aspects of the original Superman movies, in my opinion.

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

        I don’t disagree (and I would say that’s true of Kevin Spacey as well). But that wasn’t the fault of the actors. That was the character that was written. If you look at the comics in the 70′s and before, Lex Luthor was campy. I don’t like that version at all and I really like the original movies. They were a huge part of my childhood.

        Then even though the comics DRASTICALLY changed the character in the 80′s, Bryan Singer chose to continue the portrayal used in Superman 1 and 2. Even Lois & Clark from the early 90′s had a better version of Lex Luthor than the films, and that guy clearly isn’t in the same league as Spacey and Hackman.

        All that to say, certainly a 21st century Zuckerberg-esque version of Lex Luthor would be better than previous film versions, thats because the bar has been set really low.

    • lord jim

      He looks too young and nerdy to be threatening, and that his voice is rather thin and high pitched doesn´t help.It´s just very difficult to imagine him being a tough guy.Still I don´t think they hired him for no reason, so we might be in for a surprise.I just hope they didn´t have the idea of Superman fighting Zuckerberg, that would be lame, and too many superhero movies have been suffering from lame villains – the villain has to be bigger than life, bigger than the hero so the hero can grow, and the audience feels the stakes.

      • Strong Enough

        what a stupid comment. who cares if he is a tough guy? the angle they are probably going for is one that uses his brain rather than his fists. and that is more terrifying than brawn. all tough guys do is punch, but the geniuses have a lot more up their sleeve

      • lord jim

        reading the responses “tough” was probably the wrong word (english is not my first language), I meant somone who you´d believe would go over dead bodies, Eisenberg fundamentally looks like nice a guy.Even in Knight moves he still looked rather lost than being able of evil doing.

      • Strong Enough

        Watch The Double.

      • lord jim

        Thinking about it you have a point there – I loved the Double.

      • lord jim

        still, watch Jake Gyllenhal in Enemy (pretty strange they came out the same year) – now that´s acting!

      • Strong Enough

        what a stupid comment. who cares if he is a tough guy? the angle they are probably going for is one that uses his brain rather than his fists. and that is more terrifying than brawn. all tough guys do is punch, but the geniuses have a lot more up their sleeve

      • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

        The young nerds control the world. I like the idea of seeing an enemy that Superman cant just neck snap into line. I doubt Superman will even recognise Lex as an enemy at first and might even be on the same side as him to protect America’s (Lex’s) interests. Eisenburg doesnt need to be tough physically imposing, just intellectually superior with infinite resources. He should embody humanity at its worst if Superman is supposed to represent humanity at its potential best.

  • eternalozzie

    I am looking forward to this movie a lot … I liked Man Of Steel a lot … the performances were really good from Cavil to Shannon to Sprayberry … and I hate Superman on the comic book page with a passion. Outside the nerd ragers here and a couple critics most people liked the movie. I thought it told the story well.

    They have a great cast this time around too so if the storytelling is good we’ll get a good movie.

  • eternalozzie

    I am looking forward to this movie a lot … I liked Man Of Steel a lot … the performances were really good from Cavil to Shannon to Sprayberry … and I hate Superman on the comic book page with a passion. Outside the nerd ragers here and a couple critics most people liked the movie. I thought it told the story well.

    They have a great cast this time around too so if the storytelling is good we’ll get a good movie.

    • LEM

      The movie wasn’t awful but you think only nerd ragers hated it? the movie only has a 2 star rating and the lowest for the Nolan Batman trilogy was a 3 for TDKR. You shouldn’t build a franchise on a middle of the road movie.

      • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

        They did it with Batman Begins. ZING! Controversial!

      • lord jim

        Who the hell thought “Batman Begins” was controversial for Batman fans?That movie was the closest Nolan ever got to make a real Batman movie.With the Dark Knight he tried to make Heat with a cop who wears a silly costume and the third one was just a mess.And while Gotham City was Gotham City in “Batman Begins”, it turned into Chicago and New York in the sequels, hell Nolan didn´t even try to hide it.

      • LK

        Where does it only have a 2 star rating?

    • LEM

      The movie wasn’t awful but you think only nerd ragers hated it? the movie only has a 2 star rating and the lowest for the Nolan Batman trilogy was a 3 for TDKR. You shouldn’t build a franchise on a middle of the road movie.

    • mattinacan

      i thought it was mediocre at best. honestly Superman Returns is a better superman movie.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Seeing him mature over the years with his acting gives me confidence he will bring something different to the role that we’ve yet to see. Excited that he and Terrio worked closely together on nailing his character down. Shows WB has shifted their creative efforts away from Goyer, who I don’t mind when it comes to the actual story as he can written some great stories in the past, but are giving it to someone new and has Oscar creditials.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    Seeing him mature over the years with his acting gives me confidence he will bring something different to the role that we’ve yet to see. Excited that he and Terrio worked closely together on nailing his character down. Shows WB has shifted their creative efforts away from Goyer, who I don’t mind when it comes to the actual story as he can written some great stories in the past, but are giving it to someone new and has Oscar creditials.

  • Person

    Ugh I really like him as an actor and I like what he’s saying here, but he still just doesn’t strike me as Lex Luthor. I hope I’m proven wrong.

  • Davis

    He doesn’t own a tv and he doesn’t watch comic book movies, tryhard hipster.

    • DEADP00L

      Doesnt mean he does own a computer :P

  • Faux Tiger Fist

    EDGAR WRIGHT!
    oh wait, wrong movie.
    BRIAN CRANSTON!

  • Faux Tiger Fist

    EDGAR WRIGHT!
    oh wait, wrong movie.
    BRIAN CRANSTON!

  • R0yBatty

    He’ll do anything “free and tiny”. Yeah, I heard that about him. I don’t see him as Lex but I do like to hate-watch him on occasion, so we’ll see.

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

    If he can deliver a performance similar to what gave us Heath Ledger, then I am in.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      I choose to believe you’re intentionally talking like a yokel when you say “what gave us Heath Ledger” for comedic effect. Much more amusing than a typo.

  • DEADP00L

    When so much praise goes into a script I automatically become a skeptic. THIS doesnt help as I was already very off with this movie.

    • LEM

      It’s not as if they’ll bash it and I’m sure all involved want it to be good especially with all the pressure for the end result to be a massive success.

      • DEADP00L

        Here’s hoping. Going into this with the lowest expectations is just safer now.

      • LEM

        I hear ya, I’m holding out the tiniest bit of hope that they’ll pull off something amazing.

    • Jesse Eisenberg

      What are they supposed to do? Criticize the script? Your comment makes no sense.

      • DEADP00L

        Why? Because MOS script was encouraging? TF hocked up the same lines of ‘this time its better’ or ‘ this time the script is actually good’ – when none of the above ever happened.

        I’m just burnt out I guess.

    • Vulcan

      I don’t understand what you mean. They are saying they like the script. If the actor’s never mentioned the writing or script in interviews, then I would be worried.

      • DEADP00L

        No actor calls a script crap, but its worse when it gets so much praise in the ‘take my word for it ‘ department. Been burned way too many times to do that now.

    • JCubs79

      Terrio, who wrote Argo rewrote Goyer’s obviously shitty script, so that’s something good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrisstarscream Chris Starscream

    I am completely against this casting. I don’t see it. I don’t understand what they are aiming for with him as lex Luther…I very rarely am against the castings…only one month top of my min are this and ff4 castings…

    • Jesse Eisenberg

      And that is the reason you are not a casting director. You will understand at the theaters when you see the movie. Everyone said the same thing about Heath Ledger, Anne Hathaway, Chris Pratt, Dave Baustista, so on and so on. Shut the fuck up.

      • https://soundcloud.com/soup_herman soup, herman?

        To be fair, Dave Bautista is not above a bad script. Have you seen Man with the Iron Fists. I mean…jesus.

      • JBug

        People didn’t have an issue with Chris Pratt or Dave Bautista, Hathaway might have delivered an awesome performance in tdkr, but the character was unlikeable, so you’re left with heath, who is the exception

      • Jesse Eisenberg

        Wrong, look back at the articles announcing Chris Pratt and Dave Baustista. Every one said that Chris Pratt would be horrible because he is a fat comedian, and that Dave Baustista looks like a dog and can’t act. They were wanting Nathan Fillion and Jason Momoa instead. But now people are forgetting all that considering how amazing they were in that movie.

      • mattinacan

        no one said that about chris pratt or dave bautista

      • http://www.facebook.com/chrisstarscream Chris Starscream

        Didn’t doubt these others. I’m not just doubting a good performance. I have further doubts with the way I see the character himself going. I would love to be surprised though.

      • agent777

        And people said it about Andrew Garfield… and they were right.

      • agent777

        And people said it about Andrew Garfield… and they were right.

    • agent777

      Eisenberg is a prick and so is Lex.

    • agent777

      Eisenberg is a prick and so is Lex.

    • agent777

      Eisenberg is a prick and so is Lex.

  • http://www.facebook.com/chrisstarscream Chris Starscream

    I am completely against this casting. I don’t see it. I don’t understand what they are aiming for with him as lex Luther…I very rarely am against the castings…only one month top of my min are this and ff4 castings…

  • JCubs79

    The only good thing to come out about this movie so far is the fact that Chris Terrio, who wrote Argo, rewrote and polished Goyer’s obviously shitty script.

  • YodaRocks

    I hope this movie bombs at the box-office. As badly as Sin City 2. Then they won’t dare make another sloppy DC adaptation at least for a decade.

    • http://www.facebook.com/chrisstarscream Chris Starscream

      Sin city 2 was horribly disappointing….

  • demonicstrawberry

    It’s a nice change to read a post about this movie that isn’t a Matt Goldberg Negative Nancy post.

  • theseeker7

    but, he’s at least seen Man Of Steel, right? that would seem to be moderately important, yes… ?

    • mattinacan

      mos isn’t very good, he should skip it and do his own thing

  • HORSEFLESH

    The psychology of Lex Luthor is angsty-grimdark and no jokes, according to Warner.

  • HORSEFLESH

    The psychology of Lex Luthor is angsty-grimdark and no jokes, according to Warner.

  • TheMuppetManiac

    The reason he’s doing the movie is for the exposure it will bring him. If he does a summer blockbuster and it’s a hit, he becomes a more bankable actor and can make more money and have the power to do whatever he wants. And if the movie tanked, he would just say it was an acting experiment and just a comic book movie and try to brush it under the rug.

  • Nathan

    “Though in researching this particular part he did watch “that movie with Gene Hackman,” which kind of made me respect him more since it’s rare that an actor of his age isn’t utterly plugged into these movies on some sort of career-aspiration level.”

    And yet, those who do tend to become excellent actors.
    Im not faulting jesse, its just that hes entering a role that would be tricky for even an actor (or writer *cough*) with twice his experience.
    in the end, its just that i’d rather not have Zack Snyder be the only thing giving him a sense of what to do.
    Time to hit the books, Eisenberg!

  • appolox

    Eisenberg is actually very qualified for the role of Lex. The only problem? He looks too damn young!

  • agent777

    I can’t stand Eisenberg but I honestly think that helps with Lex. How bad would it be if Jesse Eisenberg was a guy who could fuck with you. Seriously how humiliating and infuriating would that be?

    There is casting that works by finding an actor who can inhabit a character and becomes them… and then their is the type of acting where an actor exemplifys a character and just channels them. Who better to channel a brain little prick like Lex? Michael Shannon can play a villain who you can actually like but Eisenberg should bring a slimyness to Lex that is truly repulsive. I throughly enjoy being so enraged by a films villain that I physically want to punch them, and I fully expect to get that feeling from this one.

    Think about it, won’t you?

  • agent777

    I can’t stand Eisenberg but I honestly think that helps with Lex. How bad would it be if Jesse Eisenberg was a guy who could fuck with you. Seriously how humiliating and infuriating would that be?

    There is casting that works by finding an actor who can inhabit a character and becomes them… and then their is the type of acting where an actor exemplifys a character and just channels them. Who better to channel a brain little prick like Lex? Michael Shannon can play a villain who you can actually like but Eisenberg should bring a slimyness to Lex that is truly repulsive. I throughly enjoy being so enraged by a films villain that I physically want to punch them, and I fully expect to get that feeling from this one.

    Think about it, won’t you?

  • agent777

    I can’t stand Eisenberg but I honestly think that helps with Lex. How bad would it be if Jesse Eisenberg was a guy who could fuck with you. Seriously how humiliating and infuriating would that be?

    There is casting that works by finding an actor who can inhabit a character and becomes them… and then their is the type of acting where an actor exemplifys a character and just channels them. Who better to channel a brain little prick like Lex? Michael Shannon can play a villain who you can actually like but Eisenberg should bring a slimyness to Lex that is truly repulsive. I throughly enjoy being so enraged by a films villain that I physically want to punch them, and I fully expect to get that feeling from this one.

    Think about it, won’t you?

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