After months of rumors and speculation, Warner Bros. today has finally announced who will be playing Lex Luthor, and Alfred Pennyworth in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel 2 sequel, the untitled Batman/Superman film. And if you have been on the internet the last couple of hours, you will have seen more than your fair share of rage over the Lex Luthor casting.
Zombieland and The Social Network star, Jesse Eisenberg, has been tapped to play Superman arch nemesis. This has sent the internet into a frenzy. I still don’t know what to think of it. Not a huge fan of Eisenberg, but I’m willing to give Warner Bros. and Snyder a chance to see their vision for this.
The other bit of casting news is that Jeremy Irons will be playing Bruce Wayne’s butler and only “family”, Alfred Pennyworth. I have no feelings one way or the other on this. I did think Michael Caine did a phenomenal job in the Christopher Nolan Batman trilogy, and I’m sure Irons will do just fine.
So what do you think about these latest casting choices for Batman/Superman? Man of Steel 2/Batman vs. Superman is directed by Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, and Gal Gadot, it will be released on May 6, 2016. (Source: WB)
Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons Join the Cast of Warner Bros. Pictures’ Untitled Superman/Batman Film from Director Zack Snyder
Eisenberg to star as Superman’s greatest foe, Lex Luthor, while Irons takes on the role of Alfred.
January 31, 2014 12:46 PM Eastern Standard Time
BURBANK, CA, January 31, 2014 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Jesse Eisenberg has been set to star as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Zack Snyder untitled Superman/Batman film. The dual 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.
Snyder stated, “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.”
The director 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.”
Snyder’s film stars Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. The film also reunites “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
The new film is currently being written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.
The film is set to open worldwide on May 6, 2016, and is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.