Snyder Defends Eisenberg Casting: ‘Jesse is Going to Be an Amazing Lex’

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Zack Snyder knows the selection of Jesse Eisenberg to play Lex Luthor in the Man of Steel is divisive — but the director insists he isn’t crazy.

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Snyder spoke at length about the somewhat controversial casting choices for the film, which sees the first live-action pairing of Batman and Superman. The director said he accepts that some fans have issues with decisions like Eisenberg as Lex, but ultimately, he explains that “the fans don’t know the material.”

“We’re casting according to what’s happening in the script,” he said. “And we’re hoping that leads to enough originality, enough perspective on what we’re doing that you get something fresh and exciting. I understand the canon. I’m not crazy. I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint. I think Jesse is going to be an amazing Lex. Let’s not forget he was nominated for an Academy Award. It’s not like I just grabbed my friend to play the guy! This guy’s the real deal.”

Further, Snyder explained the Man of Steel sequel is “not as tied to the mythology,” as this is the first time Batman and Superman have teamed up on the big screen, The LEGO Movie notwithstanding.

“In Man of Steel, we had to create an origin story, a mythology, and there’s a lot of energy into that, which we love doing,” he said. “But when you think about how fun it is too — now that you’ve got these characters — to now let ‘em loose. That’s fun!”

The Man of Steel sequel hits theaters on May 6, 2016.

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Comments

  • Yakushiji Tenzen

    looking forward to Man of Steel sequel, but I will NEVER pay to see that garbage that is Batman vs Superman. I wouldn’t watch it for free either..

  • Bruce Wayne

    Your loss.

  • Jeffery Miles

    That is the Man Of Steel sequel

  • Fuckyoubitch

    I bet you a million dollars that you will see this movie, bitch

  • Yakushiji Tenzen

    easy million in my pocket. I’m sorry if I won’t pay to see the lame and mundane movies you are probably so accustomed to watching. Hollywood takes a shit and you gobble it all up. I feel sorry for you. And that’s really sad to hear that the Man of Steel sequel is that garbage. What a shame.

  • eric

    Murdery punchfuck!

  • The Dude

    Damn. So your automatically writing off the movie. Thats ok. Your friends can tell you how awesome it was, and you can sit there, and hear about it. It cracks me up when people don’t even give the movie a chance before they brand it as terrible. I don’t know if it’s for you pride (which would be stupid since no one cares if you see it or not), to each his own I guess.

  • James Thompson

    Such optimism…

  • chien_clean

    Shut the Hell up Snyder, we know now when you say “mythological” it means Gods eating the hearts of mortals with blood flowing, you dumb, misguided talentless psycho.

  • The Dread Pirate Steve #812

    Thank god no movie needs the comic reading demographic to succeed.

  • Adam West

    I HATED SNYDERS SUPERMAN !! DIDNT LIKE ANYTHING ABOUT THE MOVIE EXCEPT HENRY CAVIL !!! I WONT BOTHER WITH THE NEXT ONE

  • Alex

    I think I’m with you on this. To this stuttering kid playing Lex Luthor.
    This brings back images of Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor’s Nephew.

  • TheRoosh

    love the eisenberg casting. young, talented actor with an ability to play a cold, calculating ruthless villain. good choice. i anticipate an excellent movie.

  • Fuckyoubitch

    So much anger, guess you weren’t hugged as a child, and you’re bitching about a movie about superheroes, sad, not much of a social life I guess…

  • Fuckyoubitch

    You left you cap lock on

  • grimmjow

    batman v superman is NOT a sequel to man of steel