Not since Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman have we seen the internet so divided by casting, most of which is aimed at the studios choice to hire Jesse Eisenberg (yeah, the kid from The Social Network) to take on the role of Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman Vs. Superman film.
Not that we even know if that’s what it’s going to be called.
Jeremy Irons has also been announced as Alfred which everyone seems slightly less angry about. So much for those Bryan Cranston will be Lex Luthor rumors.
Said director Zack Snyder re: Eisenberg’s casting:
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.
He added about the choice to add Irons to the team:
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.
This should be interesting. And we don’t know if we mean that in a bad way or a good way.
(via: The Mary Sue)