Jesse Eisenberg Starts Filming ‘Justice League’ In August; Would Play Lex For Years


Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been the topic of discussion for over three years. Before it was released the reaction was very mixed, some liked the idea of it and some didn’t. After it hit theaters, that totally went out the window. A majority of movie goers hated the movie. I for one enjoyed it, and a faction of crazy Twitter fans, who will send you death threats if you didn’t, enjoyed it as well. But that’s beside the point.

Whether you loved or hated Batman v Superman one things for sure, everyone seems to have mixed feelings on Jesse Eisenberg’s portrayal of Lex Luthor. If you thought he would get recast, think again. He’s here to stay and he’s going to be seen next in 2017’s Justice League. In a recent interview with The Shortlist Jesse Eisenberg opened up about reprising his role.

“They are filming (Justice League) now, and I jump in from August. I loved the character and it was the most fun I’ve ever had at playing a role, and most challenging, in a great way, and most rewarding. I would love to play it for years. The character I play is so unusual and complicated. As an actor he’s everything you’d want to do. It’s very exciting for me to play that role. And, secondarily, it’s interesting to be in these massive, high-profile movies, because all the stuff around you as an actor is really good. All the artists are really great, so you walk on to a set and it’s the most-detailed, comprehensive set, and as an actor it really fills in your imagination in a special way. You’re also acting with incredible actors. In the last movie I had lots of scenes with Holly Hunter, who has been one of my favourite actors since I was young. This all exists because this movie is so massive that they attract so many talented people, even in smaller positions. It was really special to me. The most exciting part was to play such an interesting character and I certainly hope he stays alive throughout the next few films.”

When Eisenberg was asked about the plot of Justice League, he simply says “I truly don’t know the answer!” Whether you liked Eisenberg as Lex Luthor or not it appears that he’s sticking around for a long time.

Justice League is being directed by Zack Snyder and will star Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Ezra Miller, Ray Fisher, Amy Adams, Jeremy Irons, J.K Simmons and Willem Dafoe.

Justice League hits theaters November 17th 2017.

SOURCE: Shortlist

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  • razorstar90

    Because everyone LOVED Esienberg’s portrayal of Lex Luthor.

  • Nathan_12thMan

    Is this a threat? Cause given his performance of Lex and how it was generally received it sounds like a threat. He was far and above the part of BvS I disliked most.

    I highly doubt it but I hope and pray that Geoff Johns steps in and takes the opportunity to soft reboot Lex in Justice League. They can soft reboot Superman into a less emo, less depressing character by utilizing his death/Resurrection as a plot device. Well they can soft-reboot Lex using his hard time in prison as a plot device to mature him, to iron out all that wacky weird Zuckerberg/Riddler bullshit and make him a better Lex Luthor.

    • xxjinzaxx

      They most certainly can do things of that nature and have characters make inside jokes as a way of breaking the 4th wall. I don’t care what they do. I’ll be watching this no matter what. I’ve been waiting on a JL movie for what is seems like a millennia.

  • QTN

    Dear WB/DC: you know you do a Lex on film that doesn’t have to act goofy/campy, right?

    • at least they’ve given up on making a real estate plot stick…

  • 12stepCornelius

    I loved Jesse’s Lex Luthor. He was characterized in such a down to earth way. We all know Lex is an ego maniac. We can’t forget however, that he is also an outright sociopath who regularly suffers psychotic breaks, despite his high level of intelligence. I felt that Terrio and Eisenberg nailed this portrayal of the character, with his little facial ticks and manic mannerisms. He’s a Lex Luthor who has plenty of room to grow in future movies. Many people were expecting the quintessential Lex Luthor to be in this movie from the get go. To those people, I would say “patience.”

    • Marquis de Sade

      Uhhh, we never had a quintessential Lex Luthor done cinematically. The closest version was done via the Bruce Timm, Paul Dini and the late Dwayne McDuffie animated series and the straight to dvd/blu-ray animated movies. Eisenberg portrayal is Gene Hackman after three pots of concentrated caffeine. There was nothing nuanced about Eisenberg’s “ONE TRICK PONY” performance.

      • 12stepCornelius

        Your opinion, not mine bro.

        • Marquis de Sade

          Yeah, but my opinion is based on fact…yours is steeped in wishcrafting.

          • 12stepCornelius

            Your opinion is based on fact? Wow. I never knew that. You must be the life of every party. So by your logic, everyone is right, no one is wrong, everyone is wrong, no one is right. Thanks for presenting your low IQ.


          • Marquis de Sade

            No your opinion is wrong.

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  • I actually thought his character was interesting but needed more development (something he expressed disappointment in over the theatrical cut – hopefully it’ll be fixed in the Ultimate Cut edition). He really fit the “Martin Shrekli/ Mark Zuckerberg” persona of a 21st century young billionaire.

    Although I wouldn’t be lying if I didn’t say that WB’s missing out on both Joaquin Pheonix and Denzel Washington for the role was a real bummer as they would have been more interesting to watch going toe to toe w Affleck as business rivals.

  • Worldmind

    Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor was, by far and away, the worst thing about Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Unnecessary Subtitles. He’s absolutely excruciating to watch.

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