According to Comic Book Movie on Wednesday, Jesse Eisenberg was promoting his new movie "The Double" and also touched upon his role as Lex Luthor in the new Zack Snyder "Batman vs. Superman" movie. He had discussed disappointing fans as well as how he'll portray the villain differently, but without completely changing him.
Eisenberg mentioned that it's really up to the fans on how they will receive Luthor, but regardless the actor will go ahead and play the character as he would any other film role. He feels that he would perform his job like any other character similar to that of "The Double", but since this is such an iconic role, there's just no other way to accurately represent the characters as others before him had.
"I guess it's up to them to figure out how much they want to separate it from previous incarnations. But I will treat it like it's its own role. There's no way to play the history of the character played by other people, unless you do some kind of wink, but that doesn't seem like a responsible way to act. So I will just do it as though it's a character, in the same way you do a movie like The Double, which is a smaller movie -- but you just kind of treat it like a character, and that's probably the best course of action, I think".
When asked about whether or not he would shave his head for the role or at least wear a bald cap, he simply would not answer that question. As with most films, actors are asked to keep things on the down low until further notice. As most fans know already, Marvel Studios have their snipers' eyes on their actors for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, so it would stand to reason the DC Cinematic Universe would act in kind.
When Eisenberg had read the script, he decided immediately he wanted the role of Luthor. He gathered it well written and the fact that the film is so big just makes is seems just a high profile and flashier version of the previous roles in smaller movies he used to play. Of course, he has played a role portraying the real life Mark Zuckerberg in "The Social Network", so it appears he does have experience in similar character portrayals. Also, Superman fans may be familiar with previous Lex Luthor incarnations such as Gene Hackman in the original "Superman" movies starring Christopher Reeve and Michael Rosenbaum in "Smallville".
"Batman vs. Superman" is scheduled to open in theaters come May 6, 2016.