(WARNING: The following contains theoretical discussion regarding the future of the DC Extended Universe, as well as brief SPOILERS for "Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice." Proceed with whatever level of caution that suggests to you is wise...)
Now, in a world of 24-hour news cycles and endless streams of fan speculation, it's perhaps unsurprising that many actors and Hollywood creative types have taken to just outright lying in interviews, in a desperate (and actually much-appreciated) attempt to keep some secrets hidden. After all, if the stars of superhero movies responded to every piece of speculation honestly, we'd know entire plots long before release — and ruin a whole lot of wonder as a result.
That necessary deception can, however, have another side effect. Y'see, because we know most movie stars now have a free pass to straight up mislead us all, it can be tough to know when they're actually telling the truth. Like, for instance, when...
Jesse Eisenberg Revealed That Lex Luthor Might Not Return To The DCEU
Indeed, if you take his recent comments to Business Insider at face value, it sure sounds as though Eisenberg has no idea what the future holds for Lex — last seen being very much not dead — or whether he'll actually be returning to the DCEU at all. As Eisenberg put it:
"I don’t know if they are so settled on where my character goes. ... I only hope I have another opportunity to work with these wonderful people and play this interesting character."
Which, while not exactly Daniel Craig saying he'd rather slit his wrists than play Bond again, is still very much a suggestion that Lex might not make it back to the big screen. Which, with the character having received a whole lot of criticism for lacking motivation, would be kind of a shame, seeing as he now has a whole lot of cause to hate our heroes.
Perhaps some hope, though, still lies in Eisenberg's further comments, in which he revealed his thoughts on Lex's nature — and potential:
"The character has so many different faces. ... He has a public persona that appears charming and friendly and then a deeply disturbed private persona, so it will be interesting to see where he goes."
Which suggests that while there may be no guarantees — and Luthor/Eisenberg could yet take the fall for the movie's critical drubbing — we might still see Lex return. Heck, for all we know he could even be in this summer's Suicide Squad...
What do you reckon, though?
When will we see Jesse Eisenberg next appear as Lex Luthor?