Actor Jesse Eisenberg’s performance as Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” has divided audiences, though it seemed that the character would be back for further instalments in the DCEU.
That may not be the case though as Eisenberg told Business Insider this week that he doesn’t know anything about his character’s fate: “I don’t know if they are so settled on where my character goes. I only hope I have another opportunity to work with these wonderful people and play this interesting character.”
This certainly suggests he’s not returning for the first part of “Justice League” which begins shooting next month. One thing the series will expand on though is the nightmare imagery Ben Affleck’s Batman saw in ‘Dawn’. Explaining that to the Empire Podcast, Snyder says:
“Let’s just say this, I think it’s OK to look at the extended dream sequence as an impressionistic view of a possible future. And that’s not hard to – I mean that’s in the sequence; I’m not spoiling anything or making up anything that you should see.
So the connection with The Flash part of that sequence, you can speculate whether he’s coming from that reality or another one. That’s the fun stuff to try and figure out exactly what Flash is saying to Bruce and what it means. We know, so we’re not making it up. I mean, maybe he [Darkseid] exists out in the universe somewhere? He’s looking for something? Something that’s against life?”
Snyder also spoke with IGN about how the death of Robin, in events that take place offscreen and before the film, was important to the movie and shapes Affleck’s take on Bruce Wayne:
“In my mind, it was that Robin had died about ten years earlier, during some run-in with a young Joker. To me, there was a fun backstory to play with. I felt like the whole idea was that there had been loss and there had been sacrifice. You know? In a weird way he sacrificed everything to be Batman, right? He doesn’t really have a life outside the cave. I thought that including a dead Robin helped us understand that he’s been on quite a little journey.”
Finally, it seems a fan petition has begun to get the R-rated ‘Ultimate Cut’ version of the film screened in cinemas. Over 3,500 signatures have been collected so far.