The surprise announcement of 30-year-old Jesse Eisenberg being cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming "Batman vs. Superman" at Warner Bros. Pictures has still left quite a few people rattled. Today, further details about the casting have emerged via THR.
Despite fanboy wishes and early rumors, studio sources say the likes of Mark Strong and Bryan Cranston were never offered the role. Tom Hanks was internally discussed but an offer was never made.
Instead, they stuck with a 'next generation' mandate which meant a younger actor. Rumored names who were offered the role but passed include Joaquin Phoenix and "Girls" star Adam Driver, the latter due to scheduling conflicts. It's presently unknown if Eisenberg will shave his head for the role.
In related news, Matt Damon revealed to MTV that he has seen a photo of Ben Affleck in the new Batsuit: "I've seen a picture. I have seen a picture. It's excellent. And I've talked to him about the story line, and it's great. Look, I've known him for thirty-something years. I'd be the first guy being like, 'Buddy, what are you doing?' But I think the movie is going to be great."