‘Batman vs. Superman’: Jesse Eisenberg Explains Why He’s Playing Lex Luthor

...And why he might never walk on the street again.

With Reporting By Josh Horowitz

Fans were initially shocked to hear that Jesse Eisenberg would be playing iconic villain Lex Luthor in the forthcoming, still technically untitled “Batman Vs. Superman” movie.

But as they become more accustomed to the news, curiosity took the place of surprise. And Eisenberg, who can currently be seen in dramas “The Double” and “Night Moves,” seems to think that he won’t have to do too much to make the character leap off the screen.

“The character is, luckily, a really great character,” Eisenberg said told MTV News’ Josh Horowitz on his Happy Sad Confused podcast. “Actors can sometimes find really cool things in characters that aren’t written well. This character is written really well.”

A well-written Luthor has to make Superman fans excited, but is Eisenberg at all worried about all of the attention he’ll get, and the press he’ll have to do for a big blockbuster role, like Luthor?

“For a movie like ‘The Double or ‘Night Moves,’ arguably me doing interviews for it is much more important for it than doing an interview for Batman, because there’s not that much money for posters,” Eisenberg explained, “Whereas for Batman, if I was in a coma after it was filmed… So i don’t really see it as that different.”

That said, Eisenberg doesn’t crave the attention from fellow city-dwellers that Lex might from the people of Metropolis.

“You’re just exposed to more people, so walking down the street is more annoying,” Eisenberg added.

That said, the Oscar nominee also thinks that blockbusters are important for an actor’s career.

“It’s important to be in those big things,” Eisenberg continued. “I happen to want to do this movie because the character is awesome, but it’s also important to be in those for some kind of longevity.”

If Luthor really is as awesome as Eisenberg makes the role seem, then longevity won’t be an issue.

Check out Eisenberg in “The Double,” which is in limited release, and “Night Moves,” which opens in limited release May 30.