One of these announcements will make sense and the other is going to confuse a lot of fans. It has just been announced that Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland/ Now You See Me) has been cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Man of Steel 2 film that will also serve as the long awaited Superman vs Batman as well as a lead in to the Justice League movie. This is a shock to fans who pretty much had their hopes set on Bryan Cranston.
Additionally, it is also now known that Jeremy Irons will be taking over the mantle of Alfred from Michael Caine on the Batman side of the story.
Here’s what Director, Zak Snyder had to say about the casting:
“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory 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.”
“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 will hit theaters July 17, 2015.