Jesse Eisenberg Will Return As Lex Luthor In ‘Justice League’

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Jesse Eisenberg will be back as Lex Luthor in Justice League: Part One. The actor personally confirmed it by making an appearance on stage at MCM London Comic Con and claiming that Lex will make an appearance in Zack Snyder’s team-up movie. With Justice League: Part One currently under production, Eisenberg noted he’s just waiting on the call.

“I’m kind of in wait,” he said. “They just started filming Justice League, so I’m kind of like waiting for my crack at it. I don’t know what I’m allowed to say, because I feel like there’s probably some drone following me from DC, and if I say anything wrong I get, you know, picked off. But yeah I think so, and I love it, and I love everybody who’s in it. You know, it’s a really talented group of people.”

Eisenberg also added he’s going one step further and mentioned how he’d like to develop the character in future DC films.

“I wanted to make these people real and relatable, interesting and engaging, and not just, you know, a kind of surface ‘bad person’,” he said. To me, the most interesting acting is when actors can bring you in to another side of the person. When you feel like you are not seeing the purpose of them for the plot. That they’re not just delivering a message, that they’re actually showing you some kind of humanity.”

This development is interesting because audiences were divided on Batman v Superman and especially on the portrayal of Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor. What do you guys think? Glad to see Lex Luthor back? Chime in below.

Justice League Part One is set for release on November 17, 2017, with Part Two following on June 14, 2019.

SOURCE: Digital Spy

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  • Espectro

    This shows continuity, Lex Luthor has a lot to do still in DCEU, the character is still being built.

    • Axxell

      No one really expected him to be recast, nor will any one character, barring a total reboot or the actor just not being able or willing to do it.

  • Evan

    I really liked him as a villain, but to me he didn’t BECOME Lex until that rooftop scene with Superman!!

    • SAMURAI36

      I disagree with that. He was Lex from the start. Calculating, manipulative, his hands in everything.

      • Darthmanwe

        He won as the villain. His final goal achieved. He was a very good anti-Supes.

        Problem is, many of us have trouble seeing him as “Lex.” The controlled, cool predatory air of modern Lex is nowhere to be seen with him. The only scene I felt him controlling the room was when he straight up made Clark kneel.

    • TomDJ

      That was the moment where they finally added method to his madness.

  • Although I didn’t like his take on Lex or the film itself, you have to give the guy credit as he tried something different.

  • Kristoffer Marquise Ealy

    He just needs to tone him down a bit and not play Lex as a complete goof and then I think it could work.

    • SAMURAI36

      He played Lex precisely as the version from BirthRight.

      • TomDJ

        That doesnt make him a good Lex Luthor…

  • Radar Technician Matt

    Having Lex locked in prison, will probably evolve him as a character. Now the question is… what’s his next plan? As a fan of this new adaptation, If he outsmarts the whole Justice League that would be great.

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  • Darthmanwe

    What’d you people expect, them to completely erase Lex from continuity or recast him?

    Like it or not, he’s gonna be around for a few movies at least.

    • Chris W

      Lex Sr. is out there. He could easily take over.

      • Darthmanwe

        Yea, no. Not before JL part 2. Casting and story up until that is already done.

        They are in production.

        You gotta do casting and story work to do that.

        So, you hungry for blood fans will have to wait another 2 years at least before drinking Jesse’s blood.

        • Chris W

          Cool your jets fanboy. I’m making a statement of fact. Get over yourself.

          • Darthmanwe

            I wasn’t being a fanboy. I was being a realist. I’m not a fan of that Lex Jr. either, but I have the clarity to see that it is really late in the game to call a sub from the bench, at least until the halftime comes around.

            Say what you want about BvS and DCEU in general, but at least they locked into it now.

            You know, we could always be doing that thing with Green Lantern, rebooting with every single movie.

          • Chris W

            Late in the game? Calling a sub? lol So like parting ways with your director/writer when production is imminent? ya that never happens…

            I don’t recall saying reboot. i simply said Lex Sr. is a card they can play if they want to go in a new direction. It’s called a statement of fact. Drop the goofy analogies and talk like a real life person mr realist.

          • Darthmanwe

            Dude, straight up without analogies.

            It’s too late to cast and write in a Lex. Sr. before JL Part 2.

            How much more clarification you require to my statement?

        • Steve Steve

          JL Part 2 is not written (I assume, based on recent comments from Terrio, and the fact that Part 1 was just finished a few months ago). JL Part 2 very well could contain a return of “Lex Sr” (as Chris W refers to him).

      • Axxell

        Yeah, that’s the ticket…cinematic necromancy.

      • TomDJ

        They stated he was dead in early interviews in October. That bridge has been burned.

  • Barton Funk

    You HAVE to be kidding?! He was APPALLING in Batman v Superman. i don’t know a single person that didn’t immediately say that he was horrible in that film. In fact, he’s pretty much horrible in everything! Just seeing him in the trailer for Now You See Me 2 makes me not want to watch it! He must suck a mean one!

    • Evan

      I thought he was a fantastic villain but he didn’t quite seem like Lex to me, but then that rooftop scene and BOOM there stood Lex Luthor!! Also I can respect that you may not have liked his interpretation, but Jesse’s acting was masterful!! For the people who don’t follow the source material.. read Superman: Birthright then you will understand stand how spot on Eisenberg really was!

      • Barton Funk

        Sorry. I guess we have different interpretations of what good acting is. I think he’s a horrible actor anyway. He’s stuck in one lane no matter what role he’s playing and that lane was completely miscast as a Villain as infamous as Lex Luther. Several of us were cringing at the theater as it was playing with how deplorable his acting was. That shtick would’ve worked great in a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie, not in a movie that was actually trying to make any serious statements!

  • Barton Funk

    My thoughts exactly

  • razorstar90

    Honestly the DCEU as it stands should end after Justice League and Wonder Woman. Then start again in 2018. New cast new everything. BvS was a disaster, no one defended BvS before it came out more than me. I wanted to love it, but i couldnt.

    Reboot the whole damn thing

    • Marquis de Sade

      …even Jeremy Irons said bvs deserved its scathing reviews.

    • JC

      Razorstar90 = Idiot

      • razorstar90

        Keep telling yourself that. WB seems to agree with me that the movie was a debacle. Otherwise they wouldnt have restructured their entire studio to salvage their DC properties. Even Jeremy Irons a mam who was in the damn movie said BvS deserved it’s bad reviews.

        The only idiots are the ones that think BvS was a success when the entire movie industry consider it a disappointmemt

        • TomDJ

          Preach!

      • SAMURAI36

        Precisely. He’s a fool. His comments don’t even warrant responding to.

        • Marquis de Sade

          You need Jesus!

    • Carl

      I’d like for that to happen but it’s not realistic. I hope they can salvage what they have. Who knows maybe they do some Flash time travel to erase Snyder’s work but keep the same cast. Get Cavil some better direction and make his character more likable. Oh and get rid of Lois. Amy Adams is too old and doesn’t fit the character. Maybe bring in Lana Lang.

      • razorstar90

        Exactly. At the end of Justice League Flash should just run back through time and erase the entire DCEU. Remember we dont know if Suicide Squad will be hit across the board. If it’s as polarizing as MOS or if it’s a debacle like BvS then the DCEU is in HUGE trouble.

        • Carl

          What would be great would be to play out the current story as an alternate dark timeline. Have Superman come back as a bad guy, have him kill some heroes (Batman) and then Flash goes back in time to fix it all. Reset all of MoS / BvS but maybe not Suicide Squad or Wonder Woman, depending on their timelines and quality. Do a new Superman movie with Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor after that.

          I have faith in David Ayer, he’s made some amazing films.

  • SAMURAI36

    How this was a doubt in anybody’s mind, is a mystery to me.

    • Steve Steve

      My only doubt was in WB’s fortitude to include Jesse despite the backlash. Even then, I agree, there was never more than a minute possibility of them re-working their whole story for JL1.

      • SAMURAI36

        I’ve absolutely no clue as to what you’re talking about. Sounds like you (and many folks like you) have fallen hook, line and sinker for the plethora of false internet narratives surrounding the DCEU, to the point that you can’t distinguish fact from fiction.

        Lex was never going anywhere, and JL was never going to be reworked, rewritten, or re-whatever.

        • Steve Steve

          For someone who accuses “zombie” so prolifically, you spend a tremendous amount of time trying to subjugate others under whatever hive-mind you serve.

          • SAMURAI36

            Riiiight I serve a “hive mind”. This coming from the guy that regurgitated every single narrative that’s been spat at him, about these different films.
            Project much?

          • TomDJ

            Don’t bother with him. You can’t win arguments against apologists just as you can’t win arguments against haters. Each side will just continue to hammer their point until you give up.

  • Carl

    Doesn’t sound like a 100% confirmation when he says things like “I’m kind of in wait” and “I think so”, we shall see.

    I couldn’t care less though. I can do without seeing his Lex again.

  • Johhny

    If Lex is going to act like the joker jr. again he should just not be in the movie.
    That was a epic fail

    • TomDJ

      Honestly he really shouldn’t. At least not for awhile. Have him come back 5 or 6 movies later, head shaved, as a prison hardened version. More serious and ready for revenge.

  • Griseldarrobinson4

    xzs

  • Steve Steve

    This is good. I do not like the way Lex Luthor was portrayed, but it is done now and we must learn to tolerate it. WB would have been out of their minds to re-cast at this point. JL is Part 2 to BvS, so there is a specific story and to change it now would do more harm than good. DC can use any comic-book-shenanigan writing to replace Jesse later on, but they have to wait a movie or two.

    I would like to see the cold, calculated, still, masculine Lex at some point. BvS implied Jesse’s father was that character. Perhaps he will reemerge and push his son aside…

    • SAMURAI36

      I do not like the way Lex Luthor was portrayed, but it is done now and we must learn to tolerate it.

      Wow, you start off speaking for yourself, than revert right back to trying to speak for everybody else. Hilarious.

      • Steve Steve

        Nope. I began by speaking TO everyone else, clarified my own perspective, then continued speaking TO everyone else. The people who like this portrayal of Lex are, logically, not being addressed in my above comment.

        [You see Sam, If you already like something, you have no need to learn to tolerate it]

        Cheers buddy!

        • SAMURAI36

          Another fallacy. You really would do well, by learning not to be disingenuous.
          You started off speaking ABOUT yourself, & ended speaking ABOUT everyone else. You could have just as easily finished with “I” instead of “we”.
          While I’m sure there are people who agree with your perspective, that does not give you permission to speak for them. You can only rationalize speaking for others, when they have no option or ability to speak for themselves.

  • Ahmed Aziz Al Khars

    NO, he was terrible horrible in the movie :(

  • TomDJ

    Honestly leave him locked in prison. Bring him in 4-5 movies later in a more serious tone.

    • Darthmanwe

      Bring him back helping JL with a global crisis, then do President Lex story to emphasize his change. I agree.

      Although if you don’t play with him as villain, your villain lineup for a potential MoS sequel looks to the likes of Metallo. ( Brainiac is really a all hands on deck type of villain, can’t see them doing Brainiac with only Clark.)

  • duh

    try looking at some source material instead of acting like its beneath you. Who knows you might not end up playing yourself again like in every other film you’re in.