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Jeremy Irons and Jesse Eisenberg join Man of Steel sequel

Jeremy Irons
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The still unnamed Man of Steel sequel has just gained two more stars to fill the shoes of its mighty characters. Variety has just reported that Hollywood icon Jeremy (The Words, The Lion King) Irons and recently successful Jessie (The Social Network, Adventureland) Eisenberg have been cast as loyal butler Alfred Pennyworth and complex villain Lex Luthor respectively. Both actors will join Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman, played by Henry (Immortals, The Tudors) Cavill, Ben (The Town, Argo) Affleck, and Gal (Fast Five, Fast & Furious) Gadot.

After recently announcing that Wonder Woman will be played by a relative newcomer, some fans were beginning to weave speculations about Warner Bros. direction of this film. But returning director Zack (Watchmen, 300) Snyder and screenwriter and producer Christopher (the Dark Knight trilogy, Inception) Nolan squashed that rumor. The film was later called into question when it was announced that it would be delaying its release date by one year. But most critics and fans alike simply saw that as an opportunity to make the film a higher quality picture and not rush the process.

This casting will come as somewhat of a shock to those who follow tabloid and gossip columns, as the previous frontrunners for said roles of Luthor and Pennyworth were long-thought to belong to Hollywood heavyweights Bryan (Breaking Bad, Drive) Cranston and Timothy (The Living Daylights, The Tourist) Dalton. Today those rumors were proven to be just that. Needless to say, some fans are upset. And others are ecstatic. But we will all have to wait and see what the final product reveals when it hits theaters worldwide on May 6, 2016.