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BATMAN V SUPERMAN: Jesse Eisenberg Talks About Playing Lex Luthor

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Jesse Eisenberg Talks About Playing Lex Luthor Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice. Ever since news broke last year that Jesse Eisenberg was picked to play Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman, fans grew skeptical for Zack Snyder choosing a young actor to play the famous villain and threatened to boycott the movie. We heard from the director on his decision, but we haven’t heard from the actor himself until now.

According to, Jesse Eisenberg spoke with Total Film about playing one of the most iconic roles in comic book history while promoting his recent film Night Moves. Jesse told the film magazine that he hasn’t read the comics nor has watched the films. He did mention that after he was picked for the part of Superman’s nemesis, Jesse did look through stacks of comic books and watched the Christopher Reeves’ version of Superman where Gene Hackman played Lex Luthor.

“My father always cautions me against thinking of something as a means to some other end, because then its irresponsible to the ‘means’ thing,” Jesse Eisenberg said, reassuring that he didn’t take the iconic role in the Man of Steel sequel just for money or as a career choice. He also added, “They asked me if I wanted to play the part before they sent me the script. I’m not sure how it worked, but it’s something I read with the understanding that I could do the role…”

To sum it up, the 30-year-old actor explained that he took the part before reading the script and liked what he read. Jesse Eisenberg will become a household name once Dawn of Justice gets released. “I realize how popular comic-book movies are, and now, working on one, I realize why they’re popular – the story is really good, the dialogue is really good, the artistry behind every department is high, the acting is really good. So if they’re all put together with that level of quality…”

Eisnberg only offered a little bit of what to expect from his take on Lex Luthor. “I can only say I’ve been asked to play an interesting role: a complicated, challenging person.”

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s plot synopsis: based on Frank Miller‘s Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, “Superman and Batman clash for some as of yet unspecified cause, see reason, and come together in the end as allies.”

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice also stars Henry Cavill, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Scoot McNairy, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, Tj Norris, and Ray Fisher.

Leave your thoughts on what Jesse Eisenberg had to say about Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice below in the comments section. For more Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice photos, videos, and information, visit our Man of Steel 2 Page, subscribe to us by Email, “follow” us on Twitter, Tumblr, or “like” on Facebook. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be released in US theaters through Warner Bros. in May 6, 2016.


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Mufsin Mahbub

Mufsin is a freelance writer from New York who has a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism at Long Island University. He has written for publications like HollywoodLife, Clubplanet, and Heavy. He is an avid lover for everything related to TV and film. He has gone to dozens of film screenings, press events, and loves to attend New York Comic Con every year. He gives an honest opinion on every TV show or film that people are going to be talking about.

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