By Melissa Platero, CCNN Writer
It looks like the creators of DC’s Man of Steel sequel just love shocking comic book fans with their casting decisions. First, they announced Ben Affleck as Batman, causing outrage among those who remember the flop that was Daredevil. Then, Fast and Furious bad girl Gal Gadot was revealed as Wonder Woman, angering everyone who imagined the Amazonian warrior as a much taller and stronger woman. Now, in what seems to be the biggest shocker, skinny Jesse Eisenberg is going to play Superman’s ultimate archvillain, Lex Luthor! Known for his wimpy nerd roles in movies like Zombieland and The Social Network, Eisenberg was the last man on everyone’s minds for the bald, billionaire business titan of LexCorp.
There’s also lots of gossipers who were sure that Bryan Cranston, who played the evil drug dealer called Heisenberg from Breaking Bad, would be cast as Luthor. They were expecting Heisenberg… not Eisenberg! Jeremy Irons was also announced as Batman’s butler, Alfred, at the same time Eisenberg was confirmed for Luthor, but nobody really blinked an eye. After all, Irons is widely beloved and often cast as the “wise old mentor” figure in movies.
However, supporters of director Zack Snyder’s vision for the Man of Steel sequel are quick to point out how incredible Heath Ledger was as the Joker in DC’s The Dark Knight trilogy. You know, the same Ledger who was known mostly as a pretty boy and kind-hearted blonde heartthrob. I’d like to throw my hat in the ring for the “I’ll wait and see” crowd before passing judgment. I mean, I’ve gotta admit that until I saw his Oscar-winning performance in The Dark Knight, Ledger (may he rest in peace) was the last actor I’d have imagined as the best Joker ever. So, it’s quite possible that Eisenberg will surprise us. Just imagine his Mark Zuckerberg performance from The Social Network, except darker, balder, and ten times more sinister!
Featured image courtesy of DC Comics and Now You See Me Facebook. Image of Lex Luthor courtesy of DC Comics.