Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s upcoming Superman/Batman movie (which we’re calling Supeman/Batman for now). Also, Jeremy Irons has been cast as Bruce Wayne’s butler Alfred. That’s okay about Jeremy Irons, but everyone’s flipping out over Jesse Eisenberg as the larger-than-life nemesis of Superman.
And for good reason, but–let’s see what we can actually learn from this. We know that Man of Steel took place in a Metropolis where Lex Luthor was already a very important man. After all, there was a big LexCorp building that just happened to have gotten smashed into during one of the Man of Steel‘s epic battles. A lot of people assumed that was a set-up for Luthor to get his hands on some Kryptonian technology from Superman’s home planet.
This means that Jesse Eisenberg will most likely be playing Lex as a grown-up prodigy who began building his empire while still a teen. So the actor is back in Social Network territory. Eisenberg got an Oscar nomination for that one.
Anyway, this gets us remembering how Donald Glover campaigned to be Peter Parker before Andrew Garfield got the role in director Marc Webb’s reboot with the Amazing Spider-Man franchise. The guy doesn’t seem so crazy now–especially with rampant rumors that Michael B. Jordan might be playing formerly-white character Johnny Storm in the upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.
So let’s take a moment to admire the visionary Donald Glover. Let’s also hope that someone thinks of the famously geeky comic when it’s time to recast Tony Stark. Donald’s getting too old to play Peter Parker when the next Spider-Man reboot comes along in 2021.