Guess who’s the new Lex Luthor? (This one’s out of left field)

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[Robert Galvan’s view doesn’t represent Nerd Reactor as a whole.]

Warner Brothers officially announced today that the roles for Lex Luthor and Alfred have been cast. Jeremy Irons will be joining the Batcave as Bruce Wayne’s infamous butler, Alfred. They also announced a completely new direction for Lex Luthor by casting Jesse Eisenberg as a much younger Lex Luthor.

(Cue Boos and haterade here.)

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Why is this such a bad thing? Let’s think about this from an ageist perspective. Who really expects an older man like Bryan Cranston (who I adore) or hipster fucking weirdo Joaquin Phoenix to play an ingenious CEO who uses technology to try and take down the most powerful being on Earth? Sure we could make blue meth jokes and turn it green to call it Superman’s Kryoptonite, but would that be realistic?

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To be honest when you think of modern CEOs who are tech gurus, such as lets say Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, you picture a fairly young nerdy person with a scary amount of self confidence. Who is better at playing that role than Jesse Eisenberg? He is 30, smart, witty and the perfect kind of person you would expect to be able to give the now aging heroes a run for their money. Someone who rises to power and decides to take steps to take them down.

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If you know anything about Lex Luthor in the comic books, all his plans (much like Norman Osborn) are a masterpiece. He plans every step, every outcome, and takes time to achieve his goals, meaning that over the years when there are more movies in this franchise, you might see how each step leads to another similar one, like what Marvel did with Nick Fury. Director Zack Snyder had this to say about the 2 new additions:

“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.”

“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.”

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I think Ben Affleck is a great move (which can be read here), and we do know that the films have already been filming. This means that Jesse Eisenberg’s role won’t be too big for the sequel to Man of Steel. It seems they are building up the presence of Lex Luthor. Hate on it all you want, but you all know you’re still going to see it.

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For as long as he can remember, Robert asked the questions that others wouldn't about love, life, and death which brought about his interest in the human psyche and moral compass, resulting in an infatuation with comics, zombies, and movies leading to a long standing relationship with his imagination.