Jesse Eisenberg Confirms Lex Luthor’s Return in ‘Justice League: Part One’
Jesse Eisenberg’s wildly eccentric portrayal of Lex Luthor was certainly one of the more divisive elements of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but whether you loved or hated his take on the iconic Superman villain, you have to admit that the movie was never boring when he was on screen. And it looks like he’s not going anywhere anytime soon, as Eisenberg has confirmed that Lex Luthor will appear in Justice League — or at least Part One, anyway.
Via Digital Spy, the actor told an audience as MCM London Comic-Con that he’s just waiting to be called to set, and with Zack Snyder already in production on Justice League, Eisenberg may not have a major part to play this time around:
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 went on to describe how he approached his insidiously wacky version of Lex, and he’s at least right about one thing — it was definitely interesting, for better or worse:
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.
As for making Lex “real and relatable,” or even human, that’s very debatable. I’d say that there’s not a single human being on this planet who acts like this Lex Luthor, but several people pointed out that the actor seemingly based his performance on notorious screenwriter and American Ultra scribe Max Landis — something Landis himself happily acknowledged.
With Eisenberg returning as Lex Luthor, the real news here is that Justice League might finally give us some answers about Granny’s Peach Tea — the absolute weirdest plot point in any recent superhero film (and possibly any recent film in general).
Justice League: Part One hits theaters on November 17, 2017.
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