Batman v. Superman is a film that has fans wavering in their support of it. With every trailer that has been released, we have seen fans get excited and yet disappointed with certain aspects of the film. One of the main aspects is Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal of Lex Luthor. When the second trailer dropped, fans were greeted with a Lex that was eccentric, and well, not very intimidating compared to the photo released by EW back in the summer of 2015.
Director Zack Snyder was quick to reassure fans that the trailers have just scratched the surface of the movie, and that there is much more to the character that is yet to be seen:
"In the trailer, of course he comes across in a very specific way. In the movie, he’s like a million times more sophisticated than what you get in 30 seconds. But that’s also the fun of it. That’s why you go to the movies, so you can actually see the context and understand the depth." (Source - Hollywood Reporter)
The D.C cinematic universe is aiming for a more serious take on its characters compared to the lighter tone we are used to getting from the Marvel films. Eisenberg's take on Luthor is meant to reflect that tone by changing up the way Lex Luthor is usually portrayed in film from a huge megalomaniac to a character that "feels like a real scary person", said the actor.
To me, some of the best villains are the ones that really believe that they are doing good. And from what the trailers have shown us of Lex so far, it seems as though that's the angle that Snyder and Eisenberg are going with for the new Lex Luthor. The actor recently sat down with Playboy magazine and discussed the many layers of his character:
“The character is in line with what audiences want to see now, which is a more modern, psychologically realistic concept of Lex Luthor. His motivations are multifaceted; he has a way of using language that’s specific to the way his mind works; he struggles with interesting philosophical dilemmas like that of the individual having too much power, even if that individual is using that power for good. For instance, Superman has so far been using his powers to do some good, but is it safe to have someone like that walking the streets? It’s great that all of this happens in the context of a very exciting superhero movie.”
With only 4 weeks left until the release of Batman v. Superman, fans won't have to wait much longer to see if this new take on Lex will steal the show from the title heroes.
Do You Think Jessie Eisenberg Will Be The Best Lex Luthor We Have Had On Film?