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Can Eisenberg take on Superman?

Who’s going to play Lex Luthor?

Can Eisenberg really handle Superman?

Earlier today representatives from Warner Brothers Pictures announced they have finally come to a decision regarding two more cast members in the much anticipated Superman-Batman film.  Specifically, actor Jesse Eisenberg will be portraying Superman’s arch-enemy Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will be playing Batman’s faithful butler Alfred Pennyworth.


Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor.

Eisenberg is perhaps best known for his role as Facebook co-creator Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network for which he scored an Oscar nomination.  While this is true, some fans are concerned that Zuckerberg is still too young to pull off the part.

Director Zack Snyder told the press: “What’s great about Lex (Luthor) 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 (Eisenberg) in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”


Jeremy Irons will play Alfred Pennyworth.

Irons, who recently portrayed Henry IV in the TV miniseries “The Hollow Crown”, is taking the place of Michael Caine, who appeared as  Alfred in a trilogy of Christian Bale Batman movies.  Fans of the Christopher Nolan-directed films were hoping for Michael Caine to return to the role.

Snyder commented on this choice as well: “Alfred 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.”


Gal Gadot will play Wonder Woman.

The Superman-Batman film will also reunite Man of Steel cast members Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.  Actress Gal Gadot–whom some fans consider to be a bit too small and slender for an Amazon– is signed on to play Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.  The film, in pre-production with Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman, has recently had its release date pushed off until May 6, 2016.  While this delay was an obvious indication of some problem no one would confirm or deny the controversial casting choices were the cause of the problem within the production.

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  • Dee Railya

    With the exception of Jeremy Irons these feel like very eclectic casting choices. Wonder Woman is where my beef lies. WW is an amazon warrior princess not a 5′ 10″, slender actress/model. They need to cast someone like Zoe Bell. She’s exemplifies an amazon: Muscular, fit, fights her own battles, can handle a sword, and is just generally a bad ass. Just give her a black wig. Eisenberg, not a bad actor but was he really right for this role? Seems like he’d be better cast as Jimmy Olsen? Lex I dunno those are some mighty big shoes to fill.

    • Will Phoenix

      Hi Dee! I must generally agree with your comments. I admit I was never crazy about any Alfred with a full head of hair but Michael Caine gave it class and hopefully Irons will as well. Maybe they will put Gadot in the gym like they did with Chris R in the late 1970s. Yeah, i don’t know if Eisenberg can pull off a bald guy at least as old as Superman. Thanks for your comments and THANKS for reading my stuff!