We’ll be getting a brand-new spin on classic DC villain Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Batman v Superman, but just because he’s (kinda) the bad guy, don’t think that means he’ll be one-note.
Jesse Eisenberg, who’ll be bringing the Justice League-verse version of Lex to life, chatted with MTV about how his version of the character will differ from the version played by Gene Hackman in the 1980s, and even Kevin Spacey in 2006’s Superman Returns. According to Eisenberg, the big difference that attracted him to the role was the methodical approach the character and his actions. Basically, though it might be construed as evil, this Lex feels (and arguably could be) fully justified in what he’s doing.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
"There's an emotional core to character. It's not a silly villainous character … it is an entirely different thing. Also, the tone of that [Superman] movie is so different, like that movie wouldn't be made now. Like the way we expect movies to be now is to have some kind of — I mean, it's probably for the best — there's some kind of psychological accuracy. That the person is coming from a place probably diagnosable in some way.”
Considering everything we know about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Eisenberg’s comments make a lot of sense. The film will focus on the aftermath of Man of Steel, as the world start to grapple with what it means philosophically and politically to have a man with godlike powers flying around. Someone who is probably a bit worried by the scenario? Lex Luthor.
Batman v Superman opens March 25, 2016.