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Jesse Eisenberg to play Lex Luthor in upcoming Batman/Superman film

Jesse Eisenberg to play Lex Luthor in upcoming Batman/Superman film

The comic book supervillain


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Jesse Eisenberg is cast as the arch-enemy of Superman in the highly anticipated superhero thriller due out in 2016

This week Warners Bros. announced that Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel, unofficially known as Batman vs. Superman.

The director of the untitled movie, Zack Snyder, had the following to say about Eisenberg's role of the Superman villain: "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 whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions,"

Eisenberg received an Academy Award, Screen Actors Guild Award and BAFTA Award nominations for his starring role as Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher's The Social Network.

Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons will also be in the film, playing the role of Batman's mentor and butler Alfred, along with Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman

The film is set to open worldwide on May 6, 2016.


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