While the reactions to his appearance in the trailers have been mixed, word out of the first screenings of Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has been that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is the scene stealer of the film.
Sitting down for a recent interview with Playboy, Eisenberg revealed that his take on Luthor is more in tuned to what modern-day audiences want from their big screen villains:
“The character is in line with what audiences want to see now, which is a more modern, psychologically realistic concept of Lex Luthor. His motivations are multifaceted; he has a way of using language that’s specific to the way his mind works; he struggles with interesting philosophical dilemmas like that of the individual having too much power, even if that individual is using that power for good. For instance, Superman has so far been using his powers to do some good, but is it safe to have someone like that walking the streets? It’s great that all of this happens in the context of a very exciting superhero movie.”
Eisenberg also has nothing but praise for both his co-stars Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill:
“They’re both very smart, funny people. They were wonderful to work with because we were all sort of adjusting things to make the scenes as good as they could be. Henry has already played Superman in another movie so he has such a strong idea of his character. That was fun for me because I could play with that. Ben Affleck is also very sharp. Doing this was a lot of fun because the three of us like to improvise, changing dialogue and all. But it was also strange for me: I have a lot of respect for both of them and yet my character mocks them both a lot in the movie. But that was just the nature of the thing.”
There’s been talk that Eisenberg’s Luthor will also pop up in “Suicide Squad” in August, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Margot Robbie though has released a new poster from that film to celebrate Valentine’s Day. “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” opens in cinemas on March 25th.