Jeremy Irons & Jesse Eisenberg join Batman Vs Superman

News Simon Brew 31 Jan 2014 - 18:09

It's definite: Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons is Alfred in Batman Vs Superman...

A major piece of casting news has just come in for Warner Bros and Zack Snyder's upcoming Man Of Steel sequel, provisionally known as Batman Vs Superman. In fact, two pieces of casting news.

Firstly, Jeremy Irons is to take on the role of Alfred in the new film. Alfred was last played by Michael Caine, and by the late Michael Gough before him.

The really big news though is that Jesse Eisenberg is to be Lex Luthor in the new film, and you'd assume a few films afterwards too.

To quote Zack Snyder in the official Warner Bros statement: "Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavoury reputation preceding him since 1940. 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".

We suspect Jesse Eisenberg will have less hair on his head within a few weeks.

Of the casting of Irons, he said that "As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. 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".

Batman Vs Superman lands on May 6th 2016. Let the internet meltdown commence. At least Ben Affleck will get the night off...

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