– by Joseph Jammer Medina

BATMAN v SUPERMAN has now been out for a couple weeks, and I think it’s safe to say that it’s suffered its fair share of critical and fan backlash. Many disliked the continuing portrayal of a more flawed and human Superman, and fans seemed split on Jesse Eisenberg’s interpretation of Lex Luthor, Superman’s arch nemesis in the comic books. 

Many simply felt that this was the character they knew and loved, and even some mainstream fans weren’t quite able to put together his motives or how someone so smart could do something so stupid, like create Doomsday. 

In a recent interview with IGN, actor Jesse Eisenberg explained Lex’s “unhinged” attitude, as well as his motives for creating the monstrosity we see in the film.

“I think Lex becomes increasingly unhinged throughout the movie. I also think he’s a guy who has 40 back-up plans and so when one thing doesn’t work out he has another and if that doesn’t work out he has another, which is why I think he never feels that threatened by Superman and Batman because he knows he always has the leverage and his final act, in my opinion; and this is now thinking back a year-and-a-half – was this kind of like last-ditch effort to leave it all on the table.”

Check out the video interview below!

While I don’t have a lot to say on Eisenberg’s comments, I was one of the folks who enjoyed what he brought to the performance. Ultimately, I don’t think the script gave him quite enough character material to work with. Some fans felt like his character belonged in BATMAN AND ROBIN more than he did in this film, and while I can see their point, I felt that comparison only worked on a surface level. There were bits and pieces that revealed Lex’s underlying motives, and while Eisenberg played it big, there seemed to be quite a bit of backstory and motivation in Luthor’s eyes — stuff that we weren’t seeing in the movie.

What’d you think of Eisenberg’s comments, and what do you think of his portrayal of Lex Luthor as a whole? Sound off down below!

BATMAN v SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE is in theaters now!

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Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.