Warner Bros. have announced two pretty big casting additions to the already massive superhero sequel, Batman vs. Superman (which probably won’t be the film’s final title). Oscar nominee Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Now You See Me) has been cast to play the role of playboy villain billionaire Lex Luthor, which is nearly perfect if you ask me. Long time epic actor Jeremy Irons (The Man With the Iron Mask) – who has also won an Academy Award – has been cast to play Bruce Wayne’s iconic butler Alfred.
Both casting decisions come as surprises because we really had not heard anything about either one being considered. However, Batman/Superman fanboys will likely go ape-shit over the casting choices because they are a little outside the box. While they may be outside the box, you’ll remember when a certain young, handsome actor was cast to play the iconic role of The Joker. Heath Ledger was an outside the box casting choice, and it was a homerun.
Eisenberg is the type of actor that can pull off being a villain with his wit and just asshole looks. He doesn’t have to be physically menacing, so that’s why I’m all in for the decision.
Eisenberg and Irons join Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, and Ben Affleck as big name actors in the film. No doubt there will be more casting news in the near future.