For what it’s worth, I think Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice looks really freaking incredible, and if for no other reason, it’s because of the sheer nostalgia of seeing two of my childhood heroes on the big screen together. I remember being a ten year old child sitting in my room with a piece of paper and some crayons, drawing a picture of Batman and Superman together and talking with my friends about a what-if scenario in which they came together in a “not a cartoon movie.” Now, it’s happening, and the trailers have done nothing but get me excited.
Still, among all of the awesomeness to be experienced in those trailers and set photos and casting news (Jeremy Irons as Alfred is just great), there is one bit of casting that has stumped me since day one and that is, as you may have deduced, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. It was weird on day one, as everyone on the interwebs started conjuring up think pieces with titles like, “So You Thought Ben Affleck Was an Odd Pick?” And now, months and months later and after seeing set photos and an official trailer with him in action, I’m still skeptical. The first photo we got from Warner Bros was just right, with a black and white tint encompassing the shoulder and up shot of Eisenberg scowling, all attention drawn to the signature bald head.
But since then, it’s been the hair that dangles past his shoulders like his character in American Ultra (I’m convinced that he’s using the same exact wig for both films). And although it’s not the first time that we’ve seen Lex with hair (the entire first Superman movie had Gene Hackman sporting an ugly wig), this is the first time that we’re seeing his hair so uncharacteristically long.
But it isn’t the hair that makes this Lex Luthor so odd. It’s the entire character direction. This seems to be a universe that is making its no joke policy a reality, with a dark and dreary atmosphere that deftly captures the mood of the comics. So how strange it is that instead of going the usual route and making Lex a 50-something political and social mastermind who looks over Metroplolis from his high-rise Skyscraper, they’ve made him a young hipster who owns a trendy and successful organization.
I respect Zack Snyder, David S. Goyer, and Chris Terrio for going in a different direction with the character, but I’m just wondering what they’re going for. Maybe this Lex will have more in common with Mark Zuckerberg than the Lex Luthor of the comics. Maybe he’ll use Twitter to start online criticism about Superman, which is perfectly believable in the current state of society.
Today, we got another official image of Lex released, this time in front of his company’s logo. Lexcorp looks like it’s going to be some kind of Google-like enterprise run by pretty boys with glasses and degrees. But what’s even weirder about this image? Lexcorp has a gym! And Lex looks pretty comfortable standing on the hardwood with basketballs behind him. Maybe he and Superman will play some one-on-one in this particular Superman story.
Jesse Eisenberg was nominated for an Oscar for his role of Mark Zuckerberg in the 2010 film The Social Network, the role that some have speculated landed him the role of Lex Luthor. Check out the new picture released by Empire Magazine below.
(Below are two more exclusive images released by Empire today from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.)