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Lex Luthor and Alfred have been cast

Lex Luthor will be played by Jesse Eisenberg in the upcoming Batman-Superman movie.

The news comes just two weeks after the studio announced that the movie’s release date would be push back to May 2016, a full ten months later than originally expected.

There has been much speculation surrounding who would play Lex, with Bryan Cranston being somewhat of a fan favourite. It might be worth noting that Eisenberg’s name never really came up during the speculation, which may be because of his age. It seems that fans wanted casting to skew a little older with the icon villain.

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‘Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavoury reputation preceding him since 1940’ Zack Snyder said ‘What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.’

The actor playing Alfred was also announced today, with the role going to Jeremy Irons.

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When talking about Alfred, Snyder explained that ‘he is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.’

Now only one casting choice remains, who will play Robin/Nightwing?

Are you happy with the casting? Do you think Jesse Eisenberg will make a good Lex Luthor? Should he shave his head for the role? Leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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