Fans were fairly divided when it came to Jesse Eisenberg's take on Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and a new rumor claims he may have been axed from the film entirely in the wake of Joss Whedon's reshoots.
Take it with a grain of salt for now, of course, but Batman-on-Film (via Slash Film) reports "he doesn’t have [a role]. If he did prior to all the changes/reshoots, it was cut." If you follow DC movie productions like a hawk, you know the site has dropped quite a few Batman-related scoops over the years, so the report is worth at least a second look. We also reached out to Warner Bros., though the studio issued a "no comment" on the rumors.
This could mean a couple of things. If true, the most likely explanation is that Whedon's retooling may have ended with whatever role Luthor was playing landing on the cutting-room floor. Less likely, it could mean Luthor may be recast. After all, Eisenberg's portrayal of a manic, out-of-control Lex Luthor doesn't really fit in with the Lex most of us know and love. Or it could be totally off base. Only time will tell.
For what it's worth: As of December 23, 2016 (several month before Whedon stepped in for Snyder, it's worth noting), Eisenberg was listed in the official cast list from the official Warner Bros. press office. But hey, a lot can change during production — especially when it comes to a DC movie these days.
What do you think? Is Warner Bros. secretly planning on cutting out Lex Luthor?