In a whirlwind of casting announcements, WB has confirmed that Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons will be playing Lex Luthor and Alfred, the butler, respectively in the upcoming Batman/Superman film. What makes it most surprising is the age of Eisenberg and the lack of rumor around his involvement in the film.
We’ve heard that Bryan Cranston was up for the role and other various actors who can pull off the menacing, evil, bald persona, but that kid from Zombieland? I’m not sure if they’re going for the ‘shock’ casting announcements for this film to build hype or what, but they’re definitely being bold.
Jesse Eisenberg is known for his roles in such films as The Social Network, portraying the founder of Facebook, and Zombieland, with fellow comic book star Emma Stone. Jeremy Irons is best remembered as the voice of Scar in The Lion King and the main villain in Die Hard with a Vengeance. His casting seems less odd given the circumstances.
What do you think of these bold casting announcements?
Official Press Release
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.