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Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons join the cast of "Batman vs. Superman"

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Exciting news for superhero movie fans in Fresno and all over the world today as Warner Bros. has announced that actors Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons are both set to join the cast of the upcoming Man of Steel sequel Batman vs. Superman as Lex Luthor and Alfred Pennyworth, respectively.

As reported by such sources as BusinessWire.com and SuperHeroHype.Com, the duel announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.

About Eisenberg's casting, director Zack Snyder said, "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."

Regarding Iron's casting, Snyder added, “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.”

Eisenberg received Academy Award®, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award® and BAFTA Award nominations for his starring role as Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher’s The Social Network. He also starred in Woody Allen’s To Rome with Love and Louis Letterier’s Now You See Me. He next appears in the films The Double” and Night Moves.

Irons won the Academy Award® for his portrayal of Claus von Bülow in Reversal of Fortune. His work in the film also garnered him a Golden Globe Award. He won an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for his performance in the TV miniseries Elizabeth I, opposite Helen Mirren, and recently starred on the small screen as Rodrigo Borgia in Neil Jordan’s highly acclaimed Showtime series The Borgias, for which Irons earned a Golden Globe nomination. He was recently nominated for a SAG Award® for the PBS Great Performances television miniseries The Hollow Crown, for his performance as Henry IV.

Both Lex Luthor and Alfred are among the most iconic comic book characters of all time and are each considered essential element of the Superman and Batman comics series, respectively. Both characters have been portrayed multiple time in various media over the decades, including by Gene Hackman in the Christopher Reeve Superman film series and by the late Michael Gough in Burton/Schumacher Batman film series, respectively. The latest portrayals of either character on live action film were by Kevin Spacy in 2006's Superman Returns and by Sir Michael Caine in 2005's Batman Begins and its two sequels The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, respectively.

It remains to be seen how well either actor will do in their roles as they join a cast led by Henry Cavil as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White.

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