Clancy Brown Comments On Jesse Eisenberg Playing 'Lex Luthor' In MAN OF STEEL 2

Clancy Brown Comments On Jesse Eisenberg Playing 'Lex Luthor' In MAN OF STEEL 2

For DC animation fans, Brown is probably more synonymous with Superman's arch nemesis than anyone else, having voiced the character so memorably on many different occasions. Now the Shawshank Redemption actor gives his thoughts on the man who'll play him next in live action, Jesse Eisenberg.

The casting of Jesse Eisenberg in Zack Snyder's Batman VS. Superman themed sequel to Man Of Steel is one of the most polarizing we've had in quite a while. Some feel he's perfect for a modern day take on Lex Luthor, while others feel he lacks a certain...presence to properly portray Supes' most dauntless foe. In an in-depth interview with CBR, the man who's voiced Luthor in various DC animations more than any other actor gives his take on the casting, and reading through his detailed observations you may just come away with a different point of view on this!

"Well, he's a pretty specific actor. He's not a chameleon like [Gene] Hackman or [Kevin] Spacey. He has a similar smugness the way that Spacey does -- that highly-intelligent, super-smug, almost effeminate kind of smugness about him -- but he's way more current. I just watched "Now You See Me," which I thought he was terrific in. He has a really specific persona engrained that is super-smart. You don't necessarily like him, but you don't dislike him. You don't necessarily think he's a good, fun guy -- you see him as a real quirky, weird dude. You don't completely trust him, although he's kind of adorable in his nerdy way.

I think Lex has that. Lex is attractive in all the things that shouldn't be attractive -- or aren't traditionally attractive in comic books -- his intelligence and his ambition and his ego and all the rest of that. Jesse carries that really well. Plus, I hear he's a really nice guy, which helps. It's why I think it shines through, why his attractiveness shines through, because deep down he's a good guy. But he also has this kind of intellectual persona that's unsettling. It's almost reptilian, which is something I think Lex carries with him."

Interesting stuff eh? Fans of Brown will want to click on the link below for more.
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HeisenbergSaysRelax - 2/13/2014, 12:48 PM
This man is the definitive Lex Luthor for me. He's like Kevin Conroy.
ezio619 - 2/13/2014, 12:50 PM
him and michael rosenbaum are my two favorite lex luthors though Brown edges him by a few, also thats exactly as how i see jesses lex, mr brown described him perfectly imo
MrReese - 2/13/2014, 12:52 PM
I believe in Eisenberg!!!!
Pasto - 2/13/2014, 12:55 PM
Wedgey! I have a wedgey!
Wallymelon - 2/13/2014, 12:59 PM
I personally feel Jesse Eisenberg is goin to be the best Lex Luthor on film. I didn't care for Hackman or Spacey. I never believed them as Lex. Eisenberg may not be a physical specimen but his intelligence is what makes him perfect. His smugness shines through in a lot of his work. His portrayal of Zuckerberg clearly got him this job and Now You See Me definitely helped. He can be cold, calculating, quirky, and charming. Like the article says almost effeminate but in a very masculine way.

Dude will kill it.
Amputech - 2/13/2014, 1:00 PM
I still don't like this casting one bit. It's a moot point though as I don't like where the DC movies are headed anyways. Still, if you are excited about the movie at least give it a shot. This kind of film doesn't happen all the time.
Kurne - 2/13/2014, 1:01 PM
"Yeah! That'll tell them haters!"
ALegendaryPanda - 2/13/2014, 1:02 PM
In before Grif.
ezio619 - 2/13/2014, 1:04 PM
im on the fence with this casting ,like i am with this movie,im not against it but im also not for it, i am gonna see how it goes
BANE5000 - 2/13/2014, 1:09 PM
Why didnt they just get Clancy Brown to play Lex, that would've been an awesome nod to fans of the Superman/Justice League animated series
knocturnalzen10 - 2/13/2014, 1:11 PM
they said the same about health but w/e we'll just have to wait
MrReese - 2/13/2014, 1:15 PM
@ALegendaryPanda lmao
Pheezmatic - 2/13/2014, 1:18 PM
JoeMomma29 - 2/13/2014, 1:20 PM
In before Grif as well!!!!!!
ALegendaryPanda - 2/13/2014, 1:26 PM
Lol you know he's coming!
driver - 2/13/2014, 1:28 PM
There Can Be Only One!
ALmazing - 2/13/2014, 1:31 PM
Should have cast Brown instead.
Nitrogenb - 2/13/2014, 1:33 PM
Aaaahahahaha, he called Eisenberg effiminate. Hahah!!!
JoeMomma29 - 2/13/2014, 1:34 PM
@ Panda

Instead of waiting on Grif let us post his remarks.

Frick Eisenberg!!!!! MOS will be $hit!!!!!!! Die DC die.......I hope you get prostate cancer Eisenberg!!!!!
Owlman88 - 2/13/2014, 1:35 PM
I just red it with Mr Brown´s voice
Colorist - 2/13/2014, 1:36 PM
I don't know if this point has been addressed yet. I initially didn't care for Eisenberg's casting as Luthor, but I've been giving it some thought. Here you have Eisenberg: not exactly studly, short and skinny, pale and wimpy looking. The most powerful and important man in one of the world's premiere cities. An off-the charts genius. Wealthy and powerful beyond all reckoning. The geeks have inherited the Earth! Then along comes this muscular, ridiculously handsome BMOC football player-type, and THIS guy gets all the adoration? "Why, he looks just like the Neanderthals who gave me a wedgie and locked me in my locker when I was in school! Is it my fault that I was so smart that I skipped several grades and was 5 years younger than my (heh) peers? And now HE is the one everybody cheers and admires? Not if I can do something about it!" If played that way, it could totally make sense. At least, to me.
snif - 2/13/2014, 1:37 PM
Eisenberg has the lovely voice of a prancing unicorn! I can't wait!
SuperCat - 2/13/2014, 1:40 PM
Where's Grif?
Nomis - 2/13/2014, 1:41 PM
Guy has some serious pipes on him!
Pasto - 2/13/2014, 1:43 PM
Pasto - 2/13/2014, 1:43 PM
If Grif and Gusto have duplicates, then I want one to.
TMcFarlaneFan - 2/13/2014, 1:44 PM
Best Lex Luthor ever

One and only consideration:

Michael Rosenbaum

Failed to qualify for consideration

Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, John Shea.
xMichaelxScottx - 2/13/2014, 1:44 PM

THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 2/13/2014, 1:45 PM
Looking forward to see what he does with the character. Not really in a "pumped" way, just [frick]in curious now.
BaneSmash - 2/13/2014, 1:46 PM
Oh grif come out and play!
Klone - 2/13/2014, 1:46 PM
After the JLU finale Luthor created a new identity for himself as a corrupt prison guard.
xMichaelxScottx - 2/13/2014, 1:46 PM
@Pasto I thought you and Gusto had some group going on where you pick names that end in -sto
TheClemster - 2/13/2014, 1:46 PM

we are not cool enough to have duplicates/clones

maybe one day ...
beto - 2/13/2014, 1:46 PM
A good duplicate for Pasto would be...Pasta
snif - 2/13/2014, 1:46 PM
Clancy Brown's voice can turn any frown upside-down!
beto - 2/13/2014, 1:47 PM
only the cool guys get dups... like GUsto, Grif & cipher
xMichaelxScottx - 2/13/2014, 1:47 PM
@Pasto For a while I also thought you were gusto's opposite
beto - 2/13/2014, 1:47 PM
@snif hahahaha dafuq!?
cipher - 2/13/2014, 1:48 PM
cipher - 2/13/2014, 1:49 PM
I miss my duplicate.
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