The release of the Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice trailer at the start of December was rather divisive, with fans arguing that it’s already showed people way too much. One element of the footage that was roundly celebrated (by most, anyway) was the performance of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. Still, Zack Snyder has insisted that this is only the tip of the iceberg, and that Eisenberg’s performance is much deeper than the trailer made it seem.
The director recently said:
In the trailer, of course [Lex] 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.
During this discussion with MTV, Zack Snyder, who is following up his work directing Man Of Steel with Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice,, admitted that he held extensive talks with screenwriter Chris Terrio, who won the Academy Award for scribing Argo, about the kind of Lex Luthor that they wanted to bring to the big screen.
The latest Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice trailer gave us our best look yet at Eisenberg’s incarnation of the iconic villain, and it proved that he will well and truly be in the mix as he looks to play Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne/Batman against Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent/Superman.
Clearly, Eisenberg has been given the freedom to go off the rails as Luthor too, as the egomaniac’s rather high-pitched squeals produce several laugh-out-loud moments in the clip, while Eisenberg dovetailed into being genuinely insane, conniving and creepily terrifying with ease, as well. Plus, he even managed to easily steal the trailer away from Affleck, Cavill, the unveiling of the Holy Trinity and Doomsday.
Want to remind yourself of how great Jesse Eisenberg was in the rather epic trailer? Well then watch it again below.
Jesse Eisenberg is going to be very important to Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. If he fails to tie Dawn Of Justice together with his villainous performance as Lex Luthor, then the rest of the film will likely deflate like a $200 million flan. And with so many film fans (mostly Marvel fans) having already, rather ridiculously, made up their mind that Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice could be subpar, a sensational Eisenberg portrayal should help to bring people back on board.
He’ll have to do all this while trying to differentiate his own Lex Luthor from Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey’s versions, too. Which will be no easy task. We’ll see if he succeeds when Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice is finally released on March 26.