Jesse Eisenberg cast as Lex Luthor

Last updated 08:10 02/02/2014
Jesse Eisenberg
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NEMESIS: The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg has signed on to play the Man of Steel's arch-enemy Lex Luthor in the Superman Vs Batman crossover.
Jeremy Irons
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CONFIDANT: British actor Jeremy Irons will take over the role of the Dark Knight's trusted butler, Alfred Pennyworth.

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Warner Bros has announced that Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor in the studio's planned Superman-Batman film.

The casting of the 30-year-old Eisenberg was met with a wave of surprise on social media Friday. Eisenberg is a widely respected actor but isn't known for the kind of villainous gravitas that Gene Hackman brought to the role.

The Superman-Batman film is to be directed by Zac Snyder and many also questioned the choice of Ben Affleck for Batman. Reprising the role of Superman is Henry Cavill.

Snyder says Eisenberg allows the film to take Luthor in "some new and unexpected directions."

Jeremy Irons was also cast as Alfred, Bruce Wayne's loyal guardian. Alfred was played by Michael Caine in the Dark Knight trilogy.

The film is set to open in May 2016.

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