by Free Britney at

Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as one of the comic book universe's most legendary villains, Lex Luthor, in the upcoming Batman vs. Superman!

Jesse Eisenberg at the Oscars

Movie Fanatic reports that in casting Eisenberg as Luthor, as a contemporary of Clark Kent, the film has cast appropriately cast a Henry Cavill peer.

Director Zack Snyder said, "Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940."

"What's great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He's a complicated and sophisticated character."

"Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore some interesting dynamics, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions."

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by Free Britney at

Is Justin Timberlake swapping out his dapper black suit and tie for a green one?

The singer revealed that he "would love" to play the famed villain, the Riddler, opposite Ben Affleck's Batman in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel.

Speaking to radio station Fresh 102.7's Jim & Kim Morning Show this week, Justin began by shooting down talk that he would be a good Robin:

"I ain't playin' Robin. I have no aspiration to ever be a superhero in a movie."

"Now, villain! I'll tell you the villain I want to play more than anything," Justin went on, "Because I grew up loving Batman, funny enough, is the Riddler."

"The Riddler was like a sociopath. He was proper crazy. So if I'm gonna play crazy, I wanna play proper crazy… I'm ready. The Riddler. Give me a call!"

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by Free Britney at

Ever since the casting of Ben Affleck as Batman shocked the world last Thursday, fans have either been grumbling about it or meme-ing it to death.

Except YouTube user soylentbrak1, who has been hard at work envisioning what a Man of Steel sequel starring Ben Affleck as Batman would look like.

The result was this fan-made trailer, also starring Breaking Bad Emmy-winner Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor and Henry Cavill again as Superman.

Check it out below and see if it changes your views on Ben as Bruce Wayne:

There isn't much plot in this Man of Steel 2 trailer, besides the mention of a mysterious corporate merger and some tension between Superman and Batman.

Given that it's not a real trailer, however, it's pretty top notch.

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by Amanda Denton at

Did you watch Man of Steel and wonder why on earth Superman didn't just fly into space and take care of business there? 

Yea, so did everyone else. Thankfully, kind people of the internet have made that idea somewhat of a reality.

"I'm Rich Batman" might be how I respond to everything today. Either that or suggestively pseudo-whisper "Justice League".

Of course, outside of those two moments, I think we can all agree the highlight of this version of Man of Steel would be the addition of Admiral Ackbar.

Do you agree? Sound off in the comments, THGers.

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by Hilton Hater at

Man of Steel soared to record-breaking heights over the weekend, setting a box office record for June.

And a major reason why was the portrayal of Henry Cavill as the iconic title figure.

And a major, MAJOR reason why was the physique of Henry Cavill as the iconic title figure, considering the actor pretty much made us believe he could run faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive.

How did he prepare for the role? How did he bulk up in such a manner? The following training video reveals all:

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by Justin Dweeber at

Man of Steel has finally hit theaters! You know what that means: a nauseating amount of "It's a bird, it's a plane" puns in headlines and articles.

Well not in this one, no! We Clark Can't bring ourselves to stoop to that level.

Dangit!

Man of Steel broke a June record opening weekends, earning $113 million over the three day period (plus an extra $12 million at Thursday evening preview screenings).

Man of Steel Promo Pic

The previous record was held by Toy Story 3, which took in $110 million in its first three days in theaters back in 2010.

Hit the jump for the full weekend box office report.

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by Justin Dweeber at

Man of Steel has earned an estimated $21 million from Thursday night screenings!

That puts the Superman reboot at 7th place all time for "midnight" earnings. The problem with that number is that $12 million of that $21 million came from special 7pm screenings.

We're not faulting Man of Steel for having those screenings, but the context for these numbers is constantly changing. Higher ticket prices for 3D and IMAX theaters, and ever-earlier premieres make it hard to really compare performances.

Man of Steel Banner

For reference, Iron Man 3 took in $15.6 million on its Thursday night opening.

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by Micah J Gordon at

The recipe for a great superhero movie is quite elusive.

How much of it should be canon? How much should be fresh?

Is it personal or universal? Gritty or fantastical?

For kids or adults? For fans or newcomers?

A superhero movie is typically lauded or panned on these points, sometimes with the same decision paying off in one film while failing in another.

Zack Snyder decided to do all of it. He did canon. He did fresh. He did personal and universal, gritty and fantastical, all of it.

Man of Steel Russell Crowe Poster

Man of Steel is essentially three entirely separate films, none of which feel fully realized. They can be described by the three identities of our main character:

There’s the Kal-El film, the Clark Kent film, and the Superman film.

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by Justin Dweeber at

Despite the "You are not alone" tag, Man of Steel is not a Michael Jackson biopic (though how are there not already six of those?). 

It's a Superman biopic.

...Scratch that, I'm being informed that Superman is not real and this is a fictional film based on a comic book. Also, my delete key is broken.

Check out three new Man of Steel character posters:

  • Man of Steel Superman Poster
  • Man of Steel Jor-El Poster
  • Man of Steel General Zod Poster

Henry Cavill, Russell Crowe, and Michael Shannon star in the posters as the three Kryptonians Superman, Jor-El, and General Zod.

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