Warner Bros. has announced 2 new additions to the Superman/Batman film cast. It is announced that Jesse Eisenberg, from films like “Social Network” and more recently “Now You See Me”, has been cast as Lex Luthor. Also Warner Bros. announced that Jeremy Irons, most famously known as the voice of Scar in the “Lion King” is set as Alfred.
Jeremy Irons has the potential to fill the role as Alfred who is Batman’s closest ally and Father figure. It will be tough to follow the performance of Michel Caine, but Irons might be up for the task. Jesse Eisenberg is an interesting choice for Lex Luthor. He could pull it off but it will take work to become Lex Luthor. Luthor is a villain who is the smartest and classiest guy in the room and Eisenberg could pull that off but he will have to also show Luthor’s darkside and dark obsession to destroy Superman. He will have a lot of work to do to pull off the two faced genius. There are better choices for the roles but there are a lot of worse choices and I think these two can do a good job.
Director Zack Snyder made this statement regarding 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.”
Meanwhile, for the casting of Alfred, the director says:
“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 façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”