The sequel to Zack Snyder’s successful Superman flick Man of Steel is rounding out its cast as it prepares to go before the cameras. We already know the returning players from the first film, with Henry Cavill returning as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburn as Perry White, and Diane Lane as Martha Kent. Much has been made in the press about Ben Affleck donning the cape and cowl as Bruce Wayne/Batman, and Fast and Furious star Gal Gadot has signed on for three films to play Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Two more cast members were announced today: Jeremy Irons (Die Hard with a Vengeance) is signed on to play Wayne’s butler, Alfred Pennyworth, and in a more surprising move, Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) will be playing Lex Luthor. Director/script writer Zack Snyder spoke in a press release on both choices.
On Lex Luthor: “Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth, and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”
On Alfred: “As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure.He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious facade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”
The casting choices are already sending the internet into a tizzy, especially that of Eisenberg as Luthor, with plenty saying he is too young for the role. It will be interesting to see how Snyder and script writer David S. Goyer bring this all together. Personally, I have my reservations about the choice, but considering Eisenberg’s performance as Mark Zuckenberg in The Social Network I can also see the possibilities. I for one will withhold judgement until I start to see some footage of the character in action. What about you, readers? What are your thoughts? Sound off in the comments below.
The movie is set to hit theaters on May 6, 2016.
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