Jesse Eisenberg: Lex Luthor Is a 'Complicated, Challenging' Character

Will Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal of super villain Lex Luthor silence critics who said the actor should never have been cast?

During a recent interview with Total Film magazine, Jesse Eisenberg opened up about his forthcoming take on Lex Luthor, whom fans will see in 2016's Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice. Although he didn't reveal much, the actor implied that he's providing lots of input on how the villain is portrayed, and that he will rely on his interpretation to create a compelling performance that could silence criticism expressed when he landed the role.

"There are some indications of how the character should behave based on the script, and then an actor makes it his or her own," said Eisenberg. "I got to know one of the writers really well—Chris Terrio—and we were able to discuss things at length and figure out who this person is to create a real psychology behind what is, perhaps, in a comic book, a less than totally modern psychology. I can only say I've been asked to play an interesting role: a complicated, challenging person."

Eisenberg understands the pressure of appearing in a film with such high expectations, but he said it did not factor into his decision to accept the role. "I realize how popular comic book movies are, and now, working on one, I realize why they're popular—the story is really good, the dialogue is really good, the artistry behind every department is high, the acting is really good," he said.

Recent pictures from the film featured Eisenberg with his head covered, so it's impossible to say at this point whether he shaved his head for the role. The debate about Lex Luthor's bald head was common in the criticism of Eisenberg as Lex. Clearly the studio wants to keep us guessing.

Eisenberg will be joined by Henry Cavill and Amy Adams (returning) and fellow newcomers Ben Affleck, Tao Okamoto, Scoot McNairy, Gal Gadot and Jason Momoa. Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will premiere on March 25, 2016.


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