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

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.”

Hallie and Jesse Eisenberg
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“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.”

 

Meanwhile, legendary actor Jeremy Irons has been cast as Batman/Bruce Wayne butler and confidant Alfred (and Ben Affleck is Batman, of course).

Also noteworthy was the recent casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman in the Man of Steel sequel, which continues to generate buzz and headlines.

Batman vs. Superman won’t hit theaters until 2016, but the star power, as well as the hype, is already off the charts! What do you think of the latest casting?