I will not lie to you. I had completely forgotten about Jesse Eisenberg’s improbable casting as Superman archenemy Lex Luthor. It was a happier, simpler time, filled with assumptions about the quality of the Batman/Superman film based only on costumes, cars, and the idiocy dribbling from the director’s gob. Now I remember that none of that really matters if I have to attempt to take Eisenberg seriously as a super villain.
ScreenRant has some comments from Eisenberg on his role as Luthor, a character he is not familiar with.
“I don’t know really how different this — I don’t know the history as well as the people making the movie, so I guess it’s up to them to figure out how much they want to separate it from previous incarnations. But I will treat it like it’s its own role. There’s no way to play the history of the character played by other people, unless you do some kind of wink, but that doesn’t seem like a responsible way to act. So I will just do it as though it’s a character, in the same way you do a movie like The Double, which is a smaller movie — but you just kind of treat it like a character, and that’s probably the best course of action, I think.”
So what I’m hearing is…The Double is another movie where you play a character, and you will continue to play Lex Luthor as a character, because this is also a movie. Got it.
“The character’s really good, so it’s like doing anything else. They make a lot of those movies, so if you’re an actor in things, you will probably cross paths with it at some point. But the character’s written really well. It’s a really great role. The fact that it’s in a big movie, you know, it seems like a character that would be in any kind of movie. It just happens to be in a bigger, flashier kind of thing.”
Again, Eisenberg wants to remind you that Lex Luthor is a character, just like all of the other characters in movies that are made. So he’s going to play this character, one that was written well for this movie, as a character, just like he plays characters.
You know what, I take it back. Everything is now clear and I know that this movie will be filled with actors portraying characters. Characters that they will play like characters they have played in other movies that also had characters. I’m in.