Listen, I am a huge DC fan. Always have been. Always will be. However, when it comes to the DCEU I never have a clue what is going on. Frankly, I’m not sure if those running the show often do either. However, I do want them to succeed. There is potential, as we know. Hopefully they can find some success building on the likes of Wonder Woman, Shazam, and Aquaman. I for one enjoyed the Ultimate Edition of Batman v Superman. I know it has its haters. One point of contention (aside from “Marthaaaa”) is Jesse Eisenberg’s role as Lex Luthor. He recently spoke with Deadline stating that he would not be shocked if he never played they character again. Neither would I.
Ever since the Heath Ledger casting I always give actors and actresses the benefit of the doubt. Even if I am not thrilled with the casting. However, Eisenberg was one I could not get on board for. He just did not seem like the Lex from the comics at all. It isn’t that he is a younger version. Michael Rosenbaum did a great job as a younger Lex in Smallville. Eisenberg seemed to have these little quirks as Lex that did not fit the character to me.
With the company now looking to try and make all films on a grand scale and just right (here’s to hoping) I agree with Eisenberg and do not see them coming back for him as well. There is a part of his interview with Deadline that sticks out to me:
“Listen, I’m not a comic book fan. To me, it was not playing a role that I’d envisioned since childhood. To me, it was a chance to play this great character that this great writer wrote, and I loved doing that.”
Actors/Actresses do not necessarily have to be lovers of the comics to play a specific character. Although, it does help. What helps even more is when they do the research of the source material. Maybe Eisenberg did this. However, the comment does not suggest this. Especially for such a well-known, prestigious role. Those who have been successful taking on such foundational characters usually have had a interest, or put in an extensive amount of work behind the scenes.
Maybe I am just reading too much into the comment. But based on the interpretation, it seems to hold up. Now while I was not a fan of the portrayal, the post-credits scene of Justice League with Lex and Deathstroke did look like we could have been seeing another side of Luthor. It looks like we will never know, and that is something that I know fans are okay with.
Eisenberg did suggest how he takes the hate extremely personally, which is unfortunate, but makes sense. However, we comic fanatics are a fickle, and critical group. If someone is to take on the big roles, criticism will unfortunately follow. But, moving forward, let’s have someone new take on Lex Luthor.
What are your thoughts? Would you like to see Jesse Eisenberg back as Lex Luthor? Or would you be surprised to see him return in the role? Who would you want to take over? Leave your thoughts in the usual spot, and thanks for reading!