Bryan Cranston will not be playing Lex Luthor, to the great disappointment of many. Though it was a rumor circulating, one that he personally denied, some people still clung to the hope. I did, and I’m not even a fan of Superman.
It turns out that the role of Lex Luthor is going to Jesse Eisenberg. This is an odd choice, right? I think it’s even weirder than the Ben Affleck as Batman casting. I’m not saying it’s a bad or wrong choice, just an odd one.
From Entertainment Weekly:
“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940? [Director Zack] Snyder said in a statement announcing the Eisenberg deal. “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.”
I think for Lex Luthor we all picture someone old and menacing and, well, bald. So this comes as a weird choice for me. It will be very interesting to see what they do with it.