Jesse Eisenberg Continues to Tease Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman

Lex Luthor ‘feels like a real scary person’

Despite the intense secrecy surrounding Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, co-star Jesse Eisenberg has been very open about what to expect from the film and his portrayal of Lex Luthor. Speaking with Vulture this time, the actor talked about the breadth of material about the character available and how they’re turning some of it on its head.

“There is this trove of stuff about this guy. A lot of it’s repetitive, like he always winds up on the roof of his building giving some faux benevolent talk about how he’s going to change the city,” he said. “It’s fun to take that campy cartoony stuff and try to put it into a real person and try to reconcile the two.”

Eisenberg went on squash any comparisons to Gene Hackman’s character in the 1978 film, saying:

“This movie is so different … it has real psychological underpinnings, and this movie character feels like a real scary person.”

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. The film also stars Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel, Jeremy Irons as Alfred and Holly Hunter in a role newly created for the film. Jason Momoa will also be making an appearance as Aquaman. The film is set to open worldwide on March 25, 2016.

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.