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Jesse Eisenberg Lands Villainous Lex Luthor Role in 'Batman vs. Superman,' Jeremy Irons to Play Alfred

Jesse Eisenberg Lands Villainous Lex Luthor Role in 'Batman vs. Superman,' Jeremy Irons to Play Alfred

Jesse Eisenberg has just landed a coveted role in the highly anticipated Batman vs. Superman film – villain Lex Luthor.

“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,” director Zack Snyder said in a statement.

Jeremy Irons has taken on the role of butler Alfred.

“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,” the director added.

Superman vs. Batman also will star Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck.

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39 Responses to “Jesse Eisenberg Lands Villainous Lex Luthor Role in 'Batman vs. Superman,' Jeremy Irons to Play Alfred”

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  1. 1
    Lisa Says:

    This is getting exciting.

  2. 2
    Tania Says:

    First Gal Gadot now this…the weird casting continues. Eisenberg is overrated, plays the same character in every movie, he’s basically Michael Cera with curly hair

  3. 3
    Lauren Says:

    @Tania: LOL!

  4. 4
    essie Says:

    Cera has curly hair? lol… anyway I thought Lex Luthor was older than Superman, very strange.

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    roronette Says:

    I agree @Lisa. Jeremy Irons is a tremendous actor, I’m sure he’ll be a perfect Alfred and while Jesse seems like a surprising choice (he looks very young lol), I’m waiting to be pleasantly surprised :) I liked him in Now you see me and To rome with love.

  6. 6
    Repunzel Says:

    LOL – this movie gets sillier by the day….starting with idiotic premise…next

  7. 7
    Beaumont Says:

    From the Oscars to Lex Luthor !
    I see the future of Jennifer Lawrence .

  8. 8
    Shonn Says:


    Actually, in the comic books, Lex was about the same age as Clark (Superman). They were friends until Superboy caused Lex to lose all of his hair.

  9. 9
    Kiki Says:

    Noooo there must have been a mistake! They said HEISENBERG, NOT Eisenberg! Now get Bryan Cranston on the phone NOW!

  10. 10
    Sam Says:

    @Tania THIS! I’m actually of both Eisenberg and Jeremy Iron fan of thier work but the casting for the characters are very mismatched!!!

    Eisenberg as Lex Luther – Really??? very young standing next to Ben Affleck’s Batman and Irons as Alfred – just no….Waste of a great actors!!!

  11. 11
    Doomsday Says:

    Eisenberg is sure smug enough to play Luthor

  12. 12
    Liam Says:

    Ugh, I won’t be seeing this batman with that anti gay bigot Jeremy Irons! bad casting choice!!

  13. 13
    Ash Says:

    Eisenberg as Lux Luthor? I’m puzzled by this casting. How strange. Yes @Doomsday he is smug enough, but I don’t know if he would actually pull off the whole character. We shall see.

  14. 14
    Luna Says:

    Eisenberg as lex luthor???? and i thougth that it couldn’t get any worse than ben affleck as batman
    he is too young for the role, and honestly a mediocre actor. terrible choice

  15. 15
    Joneblaze Says:

    I could see him as Alexander Luthor Jr but the Lex we all love to hate wow this is odd casting

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    jennifer Says:

    read the story of lex luthor and maybe you’ll understand why they cast jesse as him. lex luthor is beyond from the movies and tv shows you have seen

  17. 17
    Cate Says:

    Ugh…Jesse Eisenberg and his repetitive acting tics and line delivery as Lex Luthor?

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  19. 19
    Herry Says:

    Way to go Hollowood, just keep hiring those stinkin’ jews with all your remakes and sequalls. Zero originality, zero brains and useless jewish actors who can’t actually act ! Same ole same ole…

  20. 20
    Mike Says:

    What the hell?!!!! This is somekind of sick joke??? Next is Jonah Hill as Brainiac or Justin Bieber as Doomsday?!!!! Hell no!

  21. 21
    Camden Says:

    You know, there was a point when I was desperately looking forward to MOS. When the film came out I was disappointed. I thought MOS 2 would be a redeeming factor, to really establish Superman. Now every man and his dog is in this film. This is going to be like Joel Schumacher “Batman & Robin”. Jesse Eisenberg as Luthor? Wasn’t he supposed to older or at least the sage age as Superman. By the time the film comes outs Henry Cavill will be around 35 and Jessie Eisenberg is going to be like some geeky college kid playing the almighty villain….what a joke.

  22. 22
    Bee Says:

    Natalie Portman, Logan Lerman, Mila Kunis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Andrew Garfield, Paul Rudd, are all Jewish too.

  23. 23
    Shamrock Says:

    My personal thoughts are-Eisenberg and Irons are witty, excellent, and well spoken actors. Is it possible that this script is somewhat twisting or changing the storyline of what all the DC fans are accustomed to reading or viewing on the big screen. It’s obvi that Affleck took this role with hesitation at first, but read the script, and new this was some good sh$$!!
    Right? He knows writing and directing, for gods sake, he just won several awards for screen writing and directing in the film industry. Think about it folks. Lastly, Batman character is not about the acting, as much as the gadgets, action, and mystery behind the character. I have a feeling all the naysayers or pessimistic peeps will be wildly surprised by the film.
    I’m excited and can’t wait to see it!!!

  24. 24
    Janie Says:

    Uh oh so he will have to shave off that nice hair? Or wear a bald cap but I think he will be forced to shave his head. And he seems miscast. Just like Ben Affleck.

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    Lori Says:

    This casting is really interesting. 2 amazing actors. I can’t wait to see the movie.

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