Well it looks like we were all off in another stratosphere when trying to determine who was going to play the role of Lex Luthor in the new Batman vs. Superman movie. It was just confirmed that actor Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex while Jeremy Irons of Die Hard with a Vengeance fame will be playing the role of Alfred. Check out more on this below and share your thoughts after the JUMP!
After a vast amount of rumors as to who will be the villain in the highly anticipated ‘Batman vs. Superman’ movie, Warner Bros. has finally made the big reveal by announcing Jesse Eisenberg of ‘The Social Network’ fame in the role of iconic Superman nemesis Lex Luthor. But that’s not all! Jeremy Irons is also joining the cast as the new Alfred, Bruce Wayne’s famous butler.
Said director Zack Snyder of both new additions:
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.
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.
Jesse Eisenberg succeeds Kevin Spacey, who portrayed Luthor in the Bryan Singer-directed ‘Superman Returns,’ while Jeremy Irons steps into the character made famous by Michael Caine in Christopher Nolan’s ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy. The actors join the cast of the ‘Man of Steel’ sequel, which includes the likes of Henry Cavill as Clark Kent/Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Louis Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White and Diane Lane as Mrs. Kent.
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