After months of all kinds of incorrect rumors on who would be playing the evil Lex Luthor in Batman vs Superman, today it was announced that the role is going to Jesse Eisenberg. Yes, you read that correctly. Re-read it and it won’t change anything. Too young, and way too much of a possibility that writers won’t be able to help themselves in creating some sort of Facebook = Lex Luthor motif, even if it’s not slap-you-in-the-face overt, because… Eisenberg still looks like Mark Zuckerberg and everyone knows it. Bad casting choice… bad. Oh, and Jeremy Irons is going to be Alfred Pennyworth, but Jesse Eisenberg.
If DC is serious about a Justice League movie, they’re going to have to move fast. Which is why it’s both kind of surprising and kind of not surprising that a casting call for Batman vs. Superman has people talking about whether Wonder Woman might show up.
It hasn’t been that long that rumor mills everywhere have been talking about Bryan Cranston playing Lex Luthor in Batman vs Superman like it’s a done deal, even though there hasn’t been any official confirmation. But 10 movies? That’s what they say.
Cranston is a great actor, and he might play a damn fine Lex Luthor, but on the other hand, we’ve seen him do a bald headed bad guy for a long time. Let’s try something different.
Ben Affleck has had his moments of brilliance— with Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting, he’s done a great job directing movies like Argo, but holy fuck he would be one of the last people I would cast as Batman. When I think of him as Batman, I think of him doing the sleazy date rapist persona he had in Mallrats. Christian Bale wasn’t great, and people jeered the choice of Michael Keaton in the 1989 Batman movie at first, and he turned out to be the best, but I’ve seen enough Affleck to get a really bad feeling about this. Prove me wrong.