Entertainment Weekly got the comic book fans talking when they released the first official image of Jesse Eisenberg as billionaire Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
The image shows Academy Award nominated actor sporting a shaved head and a menacing stare of someone who you wouldn’t want to cross. He also appears to be wearing scrubs that you would see from somebody in jail.
“He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure,” said director Zack Snyder in an interview with EW. “Other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course.” Snyder goes on to say, “Our Lex is disarming and he’s not fake. He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it’s all there.”
When the news came out last summer that Eisenberg had been cast as Lex Luthor, the reaction was mixed, with the majority of the Internet panning the casting decision. Most complaints ranged from Eisenberg being too young, that he couldn’t play a serious role, or that he wouldn’t be bald.
Judging from the first picture we’ve learned the following:
- He’s bald.
- He looks pretty serious.
- His facial expression makes him look older than 29.
And most important of all:
Don’t judge a casting until you see the movie (Heath Ledger as the Joker, anyone?) So far, he looks the part. Now let’s see if he can act it.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice releases world wide March 25, 2016.