Unless you've been actively avoiding the Internet for weeks up until the moment you started reading this article, you're likely aware that Jesse Eisenberg---Social Network, Adventureland, Zombieland, that terrible movie with the pizza deliveries---will be the new Lex Luthor for the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film.
Much like the Batfleck fiasco (Ben Affleck being cast as Batman in case you've been away from the Internet even longer than I feared), Eisenberg's casting has divided fans into two categories: You're either excited or filled with enough hate to inject kryptonite into your bloodstream.
Despite how valuable the input of fans is and should be when movie executives are making movie executive decisions, we're typically left out of the focus groups. The people they do listen to, however, have recently spoken out.
Kevin Spacey of the indomitable House of Cards (and many, many other good entertainment offerings) was actually the last actor to portray Superman's archenemy on film in Superman Returns.
He had this to say about the recent decision:
First of all, I think [Jesse Eisenberg] is a remarkable actor. He's just going to f___ing own it. I think it's a great idea and I wish him the best with it. (Source: Empire)
Yeah I read that hearing Frank Underwood too.
And Spacey isn't the only formerly bald bad guy to lend his opinion. Michael Rosenbaum from the once unend-able Smallville television series also played Lex Luthor (for about a decade in fact.) He also chimed in:
First off, I think he's a really good actor. I don't think he needs any advice from me, he'll do his homework. Do it your way. I'm sure Zack [Snyder] has an idea. He cast you for reason. Jesse's a good actor. He'll do it his own way and that's the best way. If you can do it your way, if you succeed or fail, you succeed because you are being original. If you're trying to emulate someone, you'll always be compared. That's why I didn't want to be compared during Smallville. I didn't watch any of Gene Hackman as Lex. He'll be fantastic. Great actor, no problem with it. (Source: Cinematic Katzenjammer)
As a fan who has been equally torn when it comes to this surprising, and honestly jarring, casting decision that could make or break one of the biggest superhero event movies of the early 21st Century, it gives me some peace that such two excellent actors are displaying confidence.
But what do the fans the think? Ultimately, that's all that will truly matter.