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Jesse Eisenberg cast as Lex Luthor in planned Superman-Batman film

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 11:39 a.m. HST, Feb 01, 2014

NEW YORK >> Warner Bros. has announced that Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor in the studio's planned Superman-Batman film.

The casting of the 30-year-old Eisenberg was met with a wave of surprise on social media today. Eisenberg is a widely respected actor but isn't known for the kind of villainous gravitas that Gene Hackman brought to the role.

The Superman-Batman film is to be directed by Zac Snyder and many also questioned the choice of Ben Affleck for Batman. Reprising the role of Superman is Henry Cavill.

Snyder says Eisenberg allows the film to take Luthor in "some new and unexpected directions."

Jeremy Irons was also cast as Alfred, Bruce Wayne's loyal guardian. Alfred was played by Michael Caine in the "Dark Knight" trilogy.

The film is set to open in May 2016.

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WalkoffBalk wrote:
Will McLovin be in the supervillian's cave too?
on January 31,2014 | 09:39PM
Nesmith wrote:
Isn't our Jason Mamoa in this one too?
on February 1,2014 | 02:47AM
warriorrebel wrote:
this looks to be a bomb, first Ben Affleck as Batman, then Gal Gadnot as Wonder Woman and now the horrible Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther. What a shame had big hopes for this film, not now.
on February 1,2014 | 04:26AM
paradisetax wrote:
This is news?
on February 1,2014 | 04:31AM
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