Eisenberg On Why He’s Playing Lex Luthor

Since his casting as Lex Luthor in the upcoming “Man of Steel” sequel “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” actor Jesse Eisenberg hasn’t spoken much about his role as the famed nemesis of the Last Son of Krypton.

Officially he isn’t allowed to say much, but he does tell Total Film (via CBM) that the psychology of the character drew him in:

“There are some indications of how the character should behave based on the script, and then as actor makes it his or her own. I got to know one of the writers, Chris Terrio, and we were able to discuss things at length and figure out who this person is to create a real psychology behind what is, perhaps, in a comic book, a less than totally modern psychology. I can only say I’ve been asked to play an interesting role. A complicated, challenging person.”

Security on a project like this is high, and Eisenberg talked about the unusual way he was offered the role:

“I realize how popular comic-book movies are, and now, working on They asked me if I wanted to play the part before they sent me the script. I’m not sure how it worked, but it’s something I read with the understanding that I could do the role… You know, they don’t just hand the scripts out. But I really liked it on its own terms. I would do it if it was for free and it was tiny.”

Eisenberg admits he hasn’t seen many comic book movies (including Nolan’s Batman films), but for research he did watch “that movie with Gene Hackman” referring to the original “Superman”. Even so, he’s well aware of the current superhero genre renaissance:

“I realize how popular comic-book movies are, and now, working on one, I realise why they’re popular – the story is really good, the dialogue is really good, the artistry behind every department is high, the acting is really good. So if they’re all put together with that level of quality.”

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is currently continuing production in Detroit.