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Jesse Eisenberg Cast As Lex Luthor For Some Reason, Jeremy Irons To Play Alfred Because Britishness

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Get ready for a younger, thinner, but perhaps less wind-resistant Lex Luthor.

Batman vs. Superman director Zack Snyder has confirmed that noted mop-top Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network) will play Superman's nemesis in the new film, quashing rumors that the role would go to Breaking Bad's Bryan Cranston or any of the other actors who have been rumored for the role (As CA Senior Editor Andy Khouri noted, maybe someone mistakenly heard "Heisenberg" instead of "Eisenberg"). In another addition, Oscar winner (for the 1990 film Reversal of FortuneJeremy Irons will be the Alfred to Ben Affleck's Batman.

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‘Man Of Steel’ Writer David S. Goyer Defends Superman’s Controversial Movie Choice

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David S. Goyer, prolific writer of superhero movies such as the Blade movies (including the third one), the Dark Knight movies (including the third one) and David Hasselhoff's Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD TV movie, spoke about the controversy surrounding his most recent work, Man of Steel, at the BAFTA/BFI Screenwriter's Lecture last night. Spoilers for the movie ahead, if you were lucky enough to dodge that bullet.

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Link Ink: Henry Cavill Gets To ‘Sesame Street,’ Fake Geek Girl Fashions And Broadways New Spider-Man

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Read on for all of Wednesday's links.

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Ben Affleck Is Your Batman In Upcoming ‘Superman/Batman’ Film

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 During the announcement of the upcoming Superman/Batman movie at this summer's San Diego Comic-Con, it was revealed that Henry Cavill would reprise his role as Superman, but we were all left wondering who would play the Dark Knight. The mystery is over, as The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Ben Affleck has been cast to play Batman in the Warner Bros. film.

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Watch The Entire Superman 75th Anniversary Comic-Con Panel [SDCC 2013]

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To commemorate the 75th birthday of the Man of Steel, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment hosted the "Superman's 75th Anniversary Celebration" panel. On hand to discuss the history, legacy and cultural significance of Superman were a group of writers, artists, actors and filmmakers who've had a lasting effect on the character: Paul Levitz, former DC Comics president; Jack Larson, the original Jimmy Olsen from the 1950's Adventures of Superman; Superman Unchained aritst and DC Comics co-publisher Jim LeeAll-Star Superman and Action Comics writer Grant Morrison; Tim Daly, the voice of Superman in the 1990's Superman: The Animated Series; Molly Quinn, who voices Supergirl in Superman Unbound; long-time Superman writer and artist Dan Jurgens; Man of Steel co-writer David S. Goyer; and Man of Steel stars Dylan Sprayberry (teenage Clark Kent) and Henry Cavill.

As expected, the room where the panel was held was packed, and many attendees were not able to get in. Fortunately, courtesy of Superman Homepage, the entire panel is now available to view online, and you can check it out after the cut.

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Zack Snyder To Direct, Co-Write Superman/Batman Film Starring Henry Cavill [SDCC 2013]

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Saturday's Warner Bros. Pictures panel at Comic-Con International in San Diego concluded in grand fashion, with Man of Steel director Zack Snyder and stars Henry Cavill (Superman) and Harry Lennix (General Swanwick) joining him

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Super-Handsome Man: A Henry Cavill Primer

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Superman is not a role they give to movie stars. Christopher Reeve was unknown when he took the part. The same was true for Dean Cain, Tom Welling and Brandon Routh; the best any of them could claim is a multi-episode guest spot on a TV show or, in Routh's case, a supporting role on a daytime soap. Though some bigger names have been considered for the role (Nicolas Cage being the most bizarre among them), filmmakers seem to understand that when audiences look at Superman they should see only Superman, and not the actor who plays the part.

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Hot Toys Crafts A Super ‘Man Of Steel’ Henry Cavill Likeness, Man

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Given its history of early action figure image teasers, Hot Toys had seemed super quiet regarding any potential Man of Steel merchandise, but it appears that the toymaker was simply waiting for the right time to wow fans with its trademark so-real-you-can't-believe-it's-not-real 1/6th scale Superman collectible figure. Celebrated by Hot Toys as its 200th collectible figure in the ongoing Movie Masterpiece line, the toy, it's haunting Henry Cavill likeness, swappable hands and special S-shield base will come with an extra-special bonus: a 1:1 scale Kryptonian Command Key just as seen in the MoS movie.

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‘Man Of Steel’ Leaps Tall Buildings, Punches All The Faces [Review]

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You've heard the one about leaping tall buildings in a single bound, right? Well, Warner Bros. and DC Comics have done exactly that -- or at least come tremendously close -- in Man Of Steel, the big-screen Superman reboot from director Zack Snyder.

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‘Man Of Steel’ Superman And Zod Figures Coming From Play Arts Kai

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While Square Enix wasn't quite ready to unveil its Man of Steel Play Arts Kai figures during Toy Fair 2013, the toymaker has finally posted official product images of Superman and his Kryptonian foe General Zod. Modeled in th

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