Warner Bros. hired ‘The Social Network’ star, Jesse Eisenberg, to portray Lex Luthor in the studio’s upcoming Superman-Batman film.
Eisenberg, 30, was met with a cavalcade of surprise on Twitter Friday. The ’30 Minutes or Less’ actor isn’t known for the kind of villainous gravitas that Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey brought to the role.
The Superman-Batman film is to be directed by Zac Snyder and many also questioned the choice of Ben Affleck for Batman. Reprising the role of Superman is Henry Cavill.
Snyder says Eisenberg allows the film to take Luthor in “some new and unexpected directions.”
Jeremy Irons was also cast as Alfred, Bruce Wayne’s loyal guardian. Alfred was played by Michael Caine in the “Dark Knight” trilogy.
The film is set to open in May 2016.