In news that’s sure to not upset the Internet in any way, Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in the still untitled “Batman vs. Superman” movie, and Jeremy Irons has been cast as Batman’s butler, Alfred. The announcement was accompanied by quotes from director Zack Snyder on the casting.
“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940,” Snyder said. “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.”
Meanwhile, on the casting of Irons as Alfred, Snyder added, “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 movie is set to open on May 6, 2016. More news on this as it breaks.