– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Obviously with a name like JUSTICE LEAGUE, we can assume the film will be jam-packed full of characters, but up until recently, whether or not Lex Luthor would make an appearance was up in the air. Following the release of BATMAN v SUPERMAN, actor Jesse Eisenberg, who portrays the maniacal wunderkind in the DC Extended Universe told the press that he wasn’t sure if and when Lex would pop back into the story.

Now it looks like things have changed. At the recent MCM London Comic Con, Eisenberg shared that Lex would, in fact, be showing up in JUSTICE LEAGUE, and that he was merely waiting to get called in, Digital Spy reports.

I’m kind of in wait, They just started filming JUSTICE LEAGUE, so I’m kind of like waiting for my crack at it.

I don’t know what I’m allowed to say, because I feel like there’s probably some drone following me from DC, and if I say anything wrong I get, you know, picked off.

But yeah I think so, and I love it, and I love everybody who’s in it. You know, it’s a really talented group of people.”

Eisenberg’s portrayal of Lex Luthor was a bit polarizing in BATMAN v SUPERMAN, to say the least. Not only was he such a dramatic departure from what comic fans know the character to be, but his over-the-top nature seemed to be more akin to the Riddler than the LexCorp CEO we’d grown familiar with. Will Eisenberg continue in this direction in JUSTICE LEAGUE? It’s difficult to say, but Eisenberg seems more interested in developing his take on the character in a natural way rather than appeasing negative reception to his previous performance.

“I wanted to make these people real and relatable, interesting and engaging, and not just, you know, a kind of surface ‘bad person’.

To me, the most interesting acting is when actors can bring you in to another side of the person. When you feel like you are not seeing the purpose of them for the plot. That they’re not just delivering a message, that they’re actually showing you some kind of humanity.”

It’s easy to rag on him, saying he very much became that surface “bad person,” but one could argue that as a fault of the writing. I’ve defended the actor’s performance in BvS in the past, and while I definitely understand criticism of the character, I have to say, Eisenberg brought an extra layer to the character that was missing in the script. While yes, on the surface he was maniacal and almost mustache-twirling, Eisenberg brought a little extra motivation in the way Lex moved, and the way the way he looked at things. Take an extra hard look at Eisenberg’s eyes the next time you see the film. While I may be alone here, I felt I saw a lot of unspoken motivation in those eyes. 

Let’s just hope that the script for JUSTICE LEAGUE, as well as continuing films, highlight those motivations and bring them to the forefront.

What do you think of Eisenberg’s comments? Are you excited to see Lex return in JUSTICE LEAGUE? Let us know in the comments down below!

JUSTICE LEAGUE: PART ONE hits theaters on November 17, 2017.

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SOURCE: Digital Spy

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.