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‘I’m Not a Comic Book Fan’: DCEU Actor Jesse Eisenberg Defends His Lex Luthor Casting, Says His Return to DC Will Be a ‘Pleasant Shock’

Jesse Eisenberg Defends His Lex Luthor Casting

Cast as Lex Luthor in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jesse Eisenberg has been through a tumultuous time with DC. Considering the unofficial end of Snyderverse, the actor also seems to have been shown the door.

Jesse Eisenberg
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

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Despite acting in many well-received movies such as The Squid and the Whale and Zombieland, the actor was shot up in fame after starring in David Fincher’s The Social Network, a hard look at the success of Facebook and the fallout of its creators.

Jesse Eisenberg in other movies

Even though the actor is now infamous for being cast in the DCEU, the actor has been working in many other great movies. Speaking to Deadline at the 28th Sarajevo Film Festival, he commented on the effect his casting in The Social Network and Now You See Me had on his life, he said:

“When I go to the airport… people have seen me in Now You See Me. As great a movie as it is, The Social Network is still a drama. It’s not a popcorn kind of movie. Even though it’s considered one of the greatest movies, it’s just not a movie that people shout at me about from across the room.”

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Jesse Eisenberg as J. Daniel Atlas in Now You See Me 2.

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Further speaking on his experience working on the Now You See Me franchise, he expressed his love for it and teased another sequel too. Commenting on the possibility of the sequel, he stated:

“…but I feel, as a person involved with it, that it’s something that people really love, and I know that the people who produced the movie feel that too.”

Will Lex Luthor return to DC?

The actor received a lot of flak for how he portrayed the evil genius Lex Luthor and stated that he was hurt by how people received his role. He stated:

“The writer, Chris Terrio, is a very serious writer, and he’s a very emotional person. He thought a lot about my character, and I thought a lot about my character too. I talked with my acting coach about the character a lot, about his backstory with his father and his emotional life—and then people hate me.”

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Lex Luthor
Lex Luthor is one of the few villains of Superman who fights him without any superpowers.

Furthermore in the interview, the director asserted that he was not ruling out returning to the DCEU. Despite not being a DC or a comic book fan, Jesse Eisenberg noted that had a great time playing the character, he said:

I’d be shocked if I wound up in a DC movie, but it would be a pleasant shock… listen, I’m not a comic book fan. To me, it was not playing a role that I’d envisioned since childhood. To me, it was a chance to play this great character that this great writer wrote, and I loved doing that.

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With rumors of Henry Cavill set to return as Superman and the success of Zack Snyder’s Justice League, it would be premature to rule out Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, as the Man of Steel will need his iconic villain in future installments.

Source: Deadline

Written by Nikhil Makwana

Nikhil Makwana is a writer for FandomWire, with interests in DC comics, anime, indie films, independent films, and Nicolas Cage. He’s pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in BBA,LLB from IFIM Law School. When he’s not writing, he reads books such as the classic Dune series and existential essays from Albert Camus and Jean-Paul Sartre.