Call him hipster Luthor, call him Michael Cera, call him whatever you want — it’s not going to change the fact that Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as supervillain Lex Luthor in the upcoming “Batman vs.Superman” movie. Raise your hand if you saw that one coming.
Once the shock of this Friday afternoon casting announcement wore off, one thing came abundantly clear: Eisenberg has played this dude before. He may not have had the gleaming bald pate Luthor is so famous for, nor did he don a fancy suit, but Eisenberg portrayed the aloof villain in 2010’s “The Social Network.” Except last time, he grabbed a hoodie and played the fictionalized version of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
To prove our theory, we put key “The Social Network” quotes into Luthor’s mouth. And guess what — they totally fit. The scathing remarks of Zuckerberg, Sean Parker and co. fit perfectly with Lex’s pissy repartee. And after all, we think Mr. Luthor would agree that what’s cool is a billion dollars.
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