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Timeline / 23 Jun, 2015

Jesse Eisenberg Talks Lex Luthor Expectations

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Jesse Eisenberg recently made waves when he talked about his role in the hugely anticipated Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, slated for 2016. The actor from The Big Apple is to play the role of the billionaire bald bounder – Lex Luthor. Eisenberg opens up about his character in the movie which would see the Oscar award winning duo (Argo) of Ben Affleck and Chris Terrio in different capacities.

Comic book fans were abuzz over comments made by Eisenberg about his character in the new DC Entertainment movie. Speaking to MTV, Eisenberg talked about being unfazed with expectations of portraying Lex Luthor the same way as the character has been previously. “I don’t have expectations for myself to adhere to a comic book character, but a lot of people are interested in how I would coincide with the comic book character,” said Eisenberg. He perhaps sounds a little cocky here but that is what he really needs as Lex.

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Eisenberg was all praise for writer Chris Terrio, implying that their understanding has developed quite well. He also credited the cherished Screenplay Writer with developing a character which has obvious reasons to loath the Man of Steel. “He loves my character in the same way that I love my character,” said Eisenberg of Terrio.

Eisenberg talked about Gene Hackman’s depiction of Lex in the 1978 Richard Donner flick and how his character would be different from Hackman’s. “No, that’s an entirely different thing,” Eisenberg putting it simply on how he would give a fresh touch to Superman’s arch-rival. A fresh look is perhaps a gamble but if executed well, this probably might be the best Lex we get to see on screen.

Furthermore, he seeks to give Lex as realistic a look as possible. “This is a real depiction of a person who thinks these things. So the challenge is to make it seem real,” added Eisenberg. The actor is obviously correct in saying this and hopefully his role would have greater impact than that of Kevin Spacey’s portrayal of the character in The Superman Returns of 2006. Don’t get me wrong here. Spacey is great viewing as POTUS in House of Cards but as Lex his role seemed to be too influenced by Hackman’s depiction.

Well truth be told, it is going to be an uphill battle for Eisenberg to pull off this role. One doesn’t actually picture him when thinking of the egocentric Lex. He looks younger than the previous actors who played Lex plus he is more associated with twenty-something geekish sort of characters like the one he so aptly played in The Social Network. But hey, this is his chance to show versatility and prove the world that there is more to his acting skills. Plus the bald look doesn’t look that bad either!

Talks are good but what matters are the actions. Come March 25, 2016, and we would really get to know whether the promising film actually delivers on it promises.

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