Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons is Alfred in Batman vs. Superman

Jesse Eisenberg to Play Lex Luthor

I guess it’s safe to say that no one saw this coming, huh?

Yup, it’s true, kids. D.C./Warner Bros. have officially announced the casting of “The Social Network’s” Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s upcoming “Batman vs. Superman.” I guess everyone knew Lex would be involved somehow, but I didn’t quite picture him being this young. Or physically so unthreatening.

In a way, it’s perfect casting. There’s always a certain smugness about Eisenberg that makes me want to punch him in the face. (It’s not just me, right?) Now I know why — because he’s eeeeeeeevil.

Says Snyder about Eisenberg playing Superman’s arch nemesis:

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.

“Unexpected directions” indeed, Zack Snyder.

Jeremy Irons to Play Alfred Pennyworth

Meanwhile, the other big official casting has Jeremy Irons (“The Borgias”, “Beautiful Creatures”) set to play Alfred Pennyworth to Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman.

Says Snyder, or whoever wrote this press release, about this particular casting:

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.

I originally thought Irons was way too young to be playing Affleck’s loyal servant, but as it turns out, Irons is in his mid-60s, while Affleck is 41.

“Batman vs. Superman” (aka “Man of Steel 2”) will add Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman to Henry Cavill’s Superman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane all reprising their roles from Snyder’s “Man of Steel.”

Originally set for 2015, the film will now open on May 6, 2016.

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