Not everyone was happy when it was first announced that Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Superman's arch-nemesis Lex Luthor in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice." Even more negative reactions were thrown at Eisenberg's portrayal of the billionaire villain when the trailer was released because it was too different from the bald Luthor everyone knew; however, Eisenberg stayed true to his word that his portrayal of the villain will be different
On Oct. 5. it was revealed to everyone just how different Eisenberg's Luthor would be when a Warner Brothers-sponsored article on Alexander Joseph Luthor Jr. appeared in Fortune Magazine and it was instantly clear why Eisenberg's take on the character is different.
The Oscar nominated actor said he respects all the actors who have played the infamous billionaire villain but he also believes that just mirroring them, especially Gene Hackman who originally played the part, would come off as weird. "We have different faces, different life experiences, different emotions," Eisenberg said in an interview. "[What] I do have, that I have more than anybody, in my how feelings. And so I use those and then the character seems not only real, but emotional," he continued.
Eisenberg said that the he channeled his own emotions and aligned them with the emotions that Lex Jr. feels instead of just copying how others before played the part. "When you're playing the villain, you're the hero of your own story. And that's the kind of most interesting way for me," Eisenberg added.
Of course it won't be easy for Eisenberg even if he is playing Lex Luthor's genius son because now, not only will his characterization be compared to the villainy of Lex Sr., he also needs to set the bar or else Director Zack Snyder's decision to adjust the character to give him the role would be for nothing.
Let's just see how villainous Eisenberg can get as Lex Jr. when "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" is released in theaters in March 2016.