But Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor?
|photo by Steve Rogers|
I'm sorry, that is a bit too much.
Luthor is supposed to be Superman's great nemesis, not because of his strength, but because of his mind and his charisma. As much as I love Gene Hackman's Luthor, he was not the comic book villain he should have been. And Kevin Spacey's Luthor was just a retread of Hackman with just a little more menace.
But Hackman and Spacey had with them the gravitas that made us believe that they could stand eye to eye with a man of steel and not blink.
Eisenberg's most dramatic role is, arguably, his leading turn in The Social Network. And while he expressed the coldness of a villain, there is just a bit too much immaturity to fill the role.
Everyone on the inter-webs knows that Bryan Cranston would have been perfect as Luthor. I don't know if he was ever approached or would have even considered it. But it would be easy to see a man like that being a force to fight Superman.
Check out this fan made trailer below, and tell me I'm wrong.
I think the choice of Eisenberg has completely overshadowed the casting of Jeremy Irons as Alfred. Irons can be a great actor if he wants to be. If he can channel his role from The Mission rather than Dungeons and Dragons, then there is a chance.