With under 200 days left until Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, it’s easy to forget the time that speculation was at an all time high regarding what a follow-up to 2013’s Man of Steel could be. Man of Steel introduced the world to cinema’s next big-screen Superman, found in Henry Cavill, and opened up a film universe rife with possibilities. One of the most talked about of possibilities was who will play Lex Luthor? Many names surrounded the role such as Bryan Cranston, Denzel Washington, and my personal and unfulfilled hope, Mark Strong. It was quite shocking and definitely polarizing when it was announced that Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland, Now You See Me) was cast in the role of Superman’s arch-nemesis, but has slowly become regarded as fantastic casting as we’ve seen him within the SDCC and second theatrical trailer. Speaking with The Today Show earlier today, Jesse Eisenberg had a little to say regarding Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice:
“It’s just the most incredible character. It was written by this guy Chris Terrio, this is his next movie after Argo, who is just this brilliant writer of characters. So this movie is not a cartoonish superhero movie, it’s this very serious, well-acted, well-written, well-directed movie. It’s really phenomenal.”
While Jesse Eisenberg’s comments don’t necessarily add to anything fans don’t already know about the upcoming film by Zack Snyder, it does reiterate the belief that the Chris Terrio penned script is nothing short of the prestige drama quality Warner Bros and DC Comics are aiming for with their DCEU (DC Extended Universe) of films.
Outside of his role as Lex Luthor in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jesse Eisenberg is an accomplished writer with bylines in The New Yorker and McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. He has a new book coming out entitled Bream Gives Me Hiccups. The stories were originally featured on McSweeney’s and center around a young boy whose mother drags him to fancy dinners on her ex-husband’s dime (according to NPR). The hilarity of the short stories are framed around the young boy writing food reviews from his youthful perspective hence “the bream gives me hiccups.” The book is available now for purchase.