Okay, so when the name of the new Batman/Superman clash-slash-team-up movie was announced--Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, for those of you who've been living under a rock the past few months--it wasn't long before the announcements were also made known for the casting of Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Jesse Eisenberg in the role of Lex Luthor himself.
And generally, the choice of Jeremy Irons as Alfred, from what I saw, was met with a pretty overwhelming "Okay, sure, not bad" from internet fans everywhere. Jesse Eisenberg, on the other hand, caused way more of a stir. And not necessarily in a good way, as most actors would hope. In fact, the casting choice brought some pretty harsh, polarized opinions to the forefront of the Superman fandom.
Some folks warmed rather nicely to the idea of a 'Jesse Eisenberg' Luthor, because of his role in such movies as 'The Social Network' and 'Now You See Me'. He came across to them as clever, cunning...overall, underestimate him at your own peril. Without his trademark Eisen-Fro, they thought that he'd be perfect for Lex Luthor (some even going so far as to say he'd be the best to date)!
Some folks, on the other hand, were not so kind in their opinions of him. To them, he didn't have the right face or voice, didn't have the right physical build, didn't come across as physically imposing, or even as charismatic or attention-grabbing. He simply didn't come across as impressive as other potentials for the role, such as Brian Cranston. For goodness' sakes, he wasn't even bald!
And word started to spread among the tabloid community that that's the way it was just gonna be. We would all have to just get used to Eisenberg rivaling Superman as a Lex Luthor with a full head of hair. No Baldy-berg for us, and we were sniveling babies for expecting it. After all, Gene Hackman was Lex Luthor, and not a single hair was detached from his head in the entire process.
And 'set candids' (shots of the cast and crew behind the scenes) like these were small comfort, for any fans who think that Eisenberg's hair should go. Since his time on the set, you can see Eisenberg going here and there, but it seems there's still hair on his head! And he's not in a barber's chair, getting it all lopped off; he looks almost as though playfully trolling the fans with the suspense over his head!
And worse, he's not just plain staying out of sight, but rather tormenting us with these ridiculous bonnets! And yet beneath, you can still see some dark locks peeking out! Seriously! These locks look like they are here to stay!
Until now, that is.
Take a close look at this picture, Super-fans. You wait may well be over, and your wish may well be granted. The tweet speaks for itself: Jesse Eisenberg here clearly sports a head of hair very different from that which we are used to seeing on him. It looks to be a wig, and there seems to me only one way that it could fit atop his head so snugly...Jesse Eisenberg has finally gone bald.
The source from which I report this picture, Superhero Report (Twitter page provided in the Tweet, so please show your support and follow), claims the pic is fairly recent, and I have yet to come across an earlier un-photoshopped pic of him being bald (not for lack of trying), so I have reason to believe this is legit.
Then again, I could be wrong. Jesse Eisenberg could have gone and gotten an *ahem* interesting new hairstyle, for his role as Lex Luthor. The pic could be shopped (like the one above this paragraph) so people and tabloids and news outlets would get whipped into a frenzy over nothing. This pic could even be years old, from some B-movie Eisenberg did that nobody heard of. Who knows?
In the meantime, though, there's no harm with speculation, right? So, what do you think? Has Jesse Eisenberg finally gotten rid of his hair, to more fully embrace the role of Lex Luthor (with a convincing bald-super-genius-business-tycoon look to match)? Or is it all a figment of my overly-optimistic imagination?
Let us know in the poll and comments below!