In a new piece written about him in Vulture, actor Jesse Eisenberg once again fields questions about his biggest role to date. He'll be playing the iconic villain Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's hotly-anticipated epic Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice when it comes out next year. As such, he's constantly asked similar questions regarding how his take will differ from previous incarnations of the character- namely Gene Hackman's version from earlier Superman films. While the actor retreads a portion of his answer, this time he adds a little something spicy into the mix.
All along, the actor has stated that this take will be vastly different than what's come before it. He always mentions that this film "has real psychological underpinnings" thanks to the great work by Chris Terrio (Argo) on the script. But this time around, Eisenberg adds something to his description that we haven't really heard him talk about before. The actor says that his version of Luthor "feels like a real scary person."
Scary, eh? I'm sure that adjective will come as a surprise to fans who have what can only be kindly referred to as "doubts" about his casting.
But the man takes his work seriously, and it would come as no shock if he's able to dig deep and give a truly unpredictable performance. After all, Eisenberg says he relishes in the opportunity to play characters that are dark, complex, and different from himself. "I try to have the most unusual experiences I can possibly have,” he tells Vulture. “If there’s a strange man on the street I wanna follow him. If I’m gonna be writing about something, it’s going to be unusual, it’s going to be something you don’t see a lot as opposed to writing some sort of romantic comedy."
The actor sounds as if he was excited to create a version of Lex that somehow merges the idea of man with lofty, over-the-top ambitions who also has a darkly complex internal life. "There is this trove of stuff about this guy. A lot of it's repetitive, like he always winds up on the roof of his building giving some faux benevolent talk about how he's going to change the city,” he says, of what he learned about Luthor while researching him in comic books. “It's fun to take that campy cartoony stuff and try to put it into a real person and try to reconcile the two."
We'll just have to wait and see, won't we?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes out on March 25, 2016.