Whenever an actor is assigned to a key role in a superhero movie, the fanboys (and girls) flock to the internet to vent their rage. Why him/her? They can't fit the role. They're too tall, young, fat, feminine, talentless...the list goes on. We saw it with Ben Affleck, when he was cast as Batman, but slowly the people have begun to accept him as their Dark Knight. The same can't be said for Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
Initially people believed he looked nothing like a possible Luthor, and then when the trailers for Batman V Superman emerged they were even more worried. Not to mention that he's acting like a cross between The Joker and The Riddler. But as we saw with Heath Ledger as the Joker, it is best to wait and see.
Not only will Jesse Eisenberg make a more than formidable Luthor, but he will also thrive as a villain in modern cinema. Gone are the days where muscle defines a bad guy. Now we require brains, charisma, humour and wit and Eisenberg has all of these traits in spades.
Fast talking, wise cracking and with a dose of unpredictability, the Adventureland, Zombieland and Social Network star is perfect to create a new take on an old foe. But we all know the old saying about haters; they just like to hate.
10 No Focus on Physical Strength
9 Transformation From Boy to Man
8 A New Take on an Old Foe
7 He's Not the Main Antagonist
If trailers are anything to go by, Luthor is not the main bad guy. Superman and Batman duke it out for the majority of the film, and then Doomsday comes along to challenge the trinity. "If man won't kill God, the Devil will do it." Luthor appears to create Doomsday, which allows Eisenberg to demonstrate his unique acting skills in the periphery. He may become the main villain at some stage, when all else is defeated, but starting as a rich kid allows his character to be fleshed out before challenging superheroes for power. In a universe that is set to be filled with power, Eisenberg will be waiting in the wings to strike and it will be glorious when it finally does.
6 Words as Weapons
5 He Enjoys the Game
4 He Has An Ego
3 Rich Kid Status
2 Battles Won't Bore
1 To See Him Go Bald
If images are anything to go by, he looks downright freaky as a bald man. The curls will fall away, and we'll be left with a character set to define Luthor for generations to come. From this picture alone, a villain is born that is set to be etched into cinema history. The glint in Eisenberg's uneven eyes evokes terror, it draws upon fear, and he no longer appears to be a boy in a (super) man's world. Eisenberg will give his all for this role. He knows the pressure on him, he knows the importance of a key villain and he'll want to stand above Leto's Joker as the iconic 'bad guy' in the DC universe. And he'll succeed. Let's just hope he has enough screen time to assert domination.
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