Superhero fans rejoice! Warner Bros. Pictures announced today Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social Network”) will play Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons (“The Borgias,” “Die Hard With a Vengeance”) will be playing Alfred in the upcoming untitled Zack Snyder Batman/Superman movie. So, Superman and his villain will actually be the same age (Henry Cavill and Jesse Eisenberg are both 30) instead of having our hero face a much older adversary. That should make for an interesting twist in this sequel to last summer’s “Man of Steel” fan favorite movie.
According to today’s press release, Snyder stated about this casting:
“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 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.”
Personally, I’m looking forward to finally seeing Wonder Woman in a movie. The role has been promised and put on hold so many times, it will be great to see it finally happen.
Henry Cavill will return in his role as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck is Batman/Bruce Wayne, and Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. Also signed on are Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
The film, set to open on May 6, 2016, is based on DC comic’s Superman (Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster), Batman (Bob Kane) and Wonder Woman (William Moulton Marston) characters.