Jesse Eisenberg Says 'Lex Luthor' Is 'Complicated And Challenging' In BATMAN V SUPERMAN

Implying that he hasn't seen any comic book movies, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice's Lex Luthor, actor Jesse Eisenberg, talks cautiously about the role while also praising the script and more!

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By DCMarvelFreshman - 8/29/2014
When Total Film caught up with Jesse Eisenberg to discuss his new drama Night Moves and, more importantly, his role as Lex Luthor in the highly-anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the 30-year-old actor revealed he does not read comics nor has he seen any comic book movies. In fact, when TF mentioned how Heath Ledger reinvented the Joker and tapped into modern-day fears of terrorism in The Dark Knight, Eisenberg could only reply, "Oh, that's interesting, really interesting." However, after he had landed the villain role in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel follow-up, the actor did look through stacks of comics and he also watched "that movie with Gene Hackman," referring to one of Christopher Reeve's early Superman movies. "My father always cautions me against thinking of something as a means to some other end, because then its irresponsible to the 'means' thing," explained Jesse Eisenberg, reassuring that he did not take the high-profile role in Dawn of Justice simply for the cash or any other overarching career opportunities. "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, If I..." he stopped. "You know, they don't just hand the scripts out. But I really liked it on its own terms. I would do it if it was for free and it was tiny."
 
The TF interviewer then implied that once Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters, Eisenberg won't be able to casually stand in the street without being noticed. "I've been in things that have been popular before," asserted the actor. "To say, I can't do that which will appear in thousands of theaters on opening day, but I can do this which will appear in this amount of theaters... It's arbitrary. I realise how popular comic-book movies are, and now, working on one, I realise 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..." For obvious reasons, Eisenberg couldn't share any specifics about Lex Luthor or Dawn of Justice, but he did offer some intriguing hints. "There are some indications of how the character should behave based on the script, and then as actor makes it his or her own," he says. "I got to know one of the writers really well, Chris Terrio, and we were able to discuss things at length and figure out who this person is to create a real psychology behind what is, perhaps, in a comic book, a less than totally modern psychology. I can only say I've been asked to play an interesting role: a complicated, challenging person." 

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, and Holly Hunter. The film, written by Chris Terrio from David S. Goyer's screenplay, and directed by Zack Snyder, hits March 25, 2016!
Source: Total Film
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MightyZeus - 8/29/2014, 5:38 AM
Really unsure how Eisenberg will turn out in the role of Lex Luthor but hopefully his performance will blow us away.
pintoman - 8/29/2014, 5:43 AM
whatever...god I hate looking at this actor.
Maven - 8/29/2014, 5:43 AM
This is the only major casting I've never been keen on but yeah, hope it turns out well.
Maven - 8/29/2014, 5:44 AM
*In this film*
SuperCat - 8/29/2014, 5:45 AM
"...reassuring that he did not take the high-profile role in Dawn of Justice simply for the cash or any other overarching career opportunities."

BatManiac - 8/29/2014, 5:46 AM
I'm looking forward to seeing Eisenberg's take on Luthor. He seems really passionate about the role.
Pasto - 8/29/2014, 5:46 AM
Douche-chill.
BatManiac - 8/29/2014, 5:48 AM
TheGoddamnPeel - 8/29/2014, 5:48 AM
'the 30-year-old actor revealed he does not read comics nor has he seen any comic book movies'

You dumb stupid [frick]. With actors like Ledger and Hiddleston, at least they researched their roles, read a lot of graphic novels, properly tried to get into the psychologies of their characters and truly put a lot of thought and passion into it. Eisenberg's just all 'Oh I read the script, it was pretty interesting, Chris Terrio helped me understand Luthor, I think I'm golden lol'. Stupid little shit.
Highflyer - 8/29/2014, 5:49 AM
The wait for this movie is killing me. I'm begging for a trailer.
Joementum - 8/29/2014, 5:49 AM
Of the few roles I've seen him play, he acts virtually the same each time.

Gonna be hard not to think "Lex Zuckerberg" ???
CherryBomb - 8/29/2014, 5:50 AM
Really love his comments.
It's great that he's actually spoken a lot with the writer. Reading comics, yeah, I could give him a pat on the back but if it's not what's presented in the script then it's useless. So I'm very happy he's taken the time to actually get to know the script and character from the writer.

I'm nervous and excited to see him in this role.
charlie2094 - 8/29/2014, 5:50 AM
Interested on seeing his take on Lex, could be great. Wasn't my pick, but sure he'll be fine in the role.

Not having seen other CBM's isn't important, so long as he understands the character and gets good direction.
Pasto - 8/29/2014, 5:50 AM
@TheGoddamnPeel
"However, after he had landed the villain role in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel follow-up, the actor did look through stacks of comics and he also watched "that movie with Gene Hackman," referring to one of Christopher Reeve's early Superman movies."
sameoldthing - 8/29/2014, 5:50 AM
I can buy into him portraying a devious intellect.
But Lex also is charming & intimidating..can't see him pulling that off.

Need to wait & see performance..that said,no bald head..he's NOT Luthor!
MrBlackjack - 8/29/2014, 5:50 AM
Love this casting, but this tells me nothing besides Eisenberg takes forever to spit out simple "Sorry, can't talk about it" answers.
Highflyer - 8/29/2014, 5:51 AM
I think WB have threatened to ruin his life if he reveals too much :p
PeterParker1991 - 8/29/2014, 5:52 AM
He's gonna suck. 'Nuff said
batz11 - 8/29/2014, 5:52 AM
What? He never read a comic or watched a cbm, he can't possibly pull this off...
CherryBomb - 8/29/2014, 5:52 AM
@TheGoddamnPeel

Haha! I hope you're joking? The article clearly said he looked at the comics.
Locky - 8/29/2014, 5:53 AM
I hope he reinvents Lex Luthor. We will see..
batz11 - 8/29/2014, 5:53 AM
Meant initially ;)
Locky - 8/29/2014, 5:54 AM
That Aquaman pic looks badass!
CaptShipwreck - 8/29/2014, 5:55 AM
Oh poor kid
JGouveia - 8/29/2014, 5:55 AM
Interesting that he mentions only Terrio.
SuperCat - 8/29/2014, 5:57 AM
DEFA - 8/29/2014, 5:58 AM
In Sack we trust... that picture of Aquaman is awesome !!
TheGoddamnPeel - 8/29/2014, 5:58 AM
Well...I suppose I'll give him the benefit of doubt when it comes to research. But I still don't trust the little Zuckerberg douche.
Andree24 - 8/29/2014, 5:59 AM
SOUNDS GOOD TO ME! I'm sure Eisenberg will be great. "Jokes" or "no jokes", I expect Zack Snyder to deliver a smart and engaging story. With Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman kick'in some A$$!
mbembet - 8/29/2014, 5:59 AM
"the story is really good, the dialogue is really good" i'm 100% sure he wasn't talking about man of shit
Fanmar16 - 8/29/2014, 6:00 AM
Doopie - 8/29/2014, 6:02 AM
I hope he smashes it
Andree24 - 8/29/2014, 6:04 AM
@TheGoddamnPeel Who cares about whether or not YOU give him the "benefit of the doubt". Lex doesn't have to look a certain way, or act a certain way. He's an evil genius that's hates and is obsessed with Superman. That's it. Eisenberg can play that role, in his sleep!
Primordiac - 8/29/2014, 6:06 AM
Good actor.

If you think away the hair you can kinda see a Smallville type Lex going on IMO. He's gonna kill it.
Grodd87 - 8/29/2014, 6:07 AM
He is a good actor not my first choice but hope he does well. I don't care if anyone playing a comicbook role not reading the comics I would like them to but I think it just makes fan boys happy that they read the comics.
TheGoddamnPeel - 8/29/2014, 6:10 AM
@Andree24,

Prove it.
TheDudeRusty - 8/29/2014, 6:11 AM
Love this casting.
DrKinsolving - 8/29/2014, 6:19 AM
I'm actually really looking forward to see him take on Lex, it will obviously be a different interpretation from The Comics but hopefully it still keeps the essence of the character, which can definitely be done.... Can't wait
Bekss - 8/29/2014, 6:24 AM
What did he say? I just can't read the article without thinking in his annoying voice.
I hate him in everything except Zombieland.

Let's hope he can act like Luthor should act
Nubase - 8/29/2014, 6:28 AM
He will own as lex, he has perhaps the most difficult role out of everyone in the movie cos its one role where you have to act 100% of the time where cavil, Affleck and Gadot will be pretty much action based, but he cannot listen to what fan boys think of him or how fan boys think he should do, let him create his lex
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