Jesse Eisenberg talks the 'complicated, challenging' Lex Luthor of Batman v Superman

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Nov 18, 2016, 1:12 PM EST (Updated)

It was one of the most intriguing casting decisions in recent memory. Now, after digging a bit deeper into Lex Luthor, Jesse Eisenberg has opened up a bit more about his Batman v Superman role.

Eisenberg chatted with Total Film for a recent piece about the Man of Steel sequel, and he spoke quite highly of the product director Zack Snyder is putting together the second time around. Coming off his turn in The Social Network, Eisenberg has proven he’s a legit character actor, and he is definitely not taking his version of Lex Luthor lightly.

It sounds like they’re adding some depth to the baddie this time around, which could be a nice change of pace when compared to previous big-screen attempts. Luthor has been given some depth and quality writing in the comics, and it seems Snyder is trying to tap into those dimensions here:

“There are some indications of how the character should behave based on the script, and then as actor makes it his or her own. I got to know one of the writers, Chris Terrio, and we were able to discuss things at length and figure out who this person is to create a real psychology behind what is, perhaps, in a comic book, a less than totally modern psychology. I can only say I’ve been asked to play an interesting role. A complicated, challenging person.

I realize how popular comicbook movies are, and now, working on one, I realize why they’re popular – the story is really good, the dialogue is really good, the artistry behind every department is high, the acting is really good. So if they’re all put together with that level of quality.”

We’re definitely digging that “complicated, challenging” part. At his best, Luthor can be an extremely complicated individual — and we’d love to see the Man of Steel-verse make him a lot more than just a wacky, one-note villain. Heck, we still don’t even know what role Luthor will play in Batman v Superman — who knows, after all the damage Supes and Zod wrought on Metropolis, maybe he’s somewhat justified in whatever he's cooking up?

What do you think about Eisenberg’s comments? Is he the right man for Luthor?

(Via Collider)