Amidst all the speculation about the big screen future of Superman in the DC Extended Universe, some have also wondered about the Man of Steel’s other big players and whether or not the current DCEU performers will return as well. One of these big players in question is Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Smallville star Michael Rosenbaum would like to steal the role back from him.
Rosenbaum replied to a SyFy Wire tweet about Henry Cavill’s potential departure from the Superman role, where he humorously expressed hope in Eisenberg leaving too:
I wish Eisenberg was done at Warner Brothers. Give me my job back. 😉
— Michael Rosenbaum (@michaelrosenbum) September 14, 2018
Rosenbaum played Lex Luthor in The CW’s Smallville throughout its entire run. On that series, the relationship between Luthor and Clark Kent (Tom Welling) is portrayed as a friendship that eventually decayed into the famous rivalry as known in the DC Comics.
Eisenberg has portrayed an interesting take on Lex Luthor in both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and in a brief appearance in the post-credits scene for Justice League. The Academy Award-nominated actor’s portrayal of the character in the former has been subject to extremely polarizing reception from critics and audiences alike. Some praised Eisenberg for the bold decisions he made in playing the character while others have panned his portrayal as too goofy and off-the-wall for a film as dark as Dawn of Justice.
Where would you rank both Rosenbaum and Eisenberg’s versions of Lex Luthor in comparison to the likes of John Shea, Lyle Talbot, Gene Hackman and err… Kevin Spacey? Sound off in the comments below, and be sure to continue following Heroic Hollywood for all the latest news in the world of DC Comics as seen on the page and both the big and small screens.