Many would say superhero movies nowadays have certainly bounced back from their ‘90s cartoonish antics, having been (nearly) perfected in the drama department, by the likes of directors such as Christopher Nolan and Joss Whedon. Furthermore, other reputable film talents have decided to jump onboard – actors like Robert Redford (Captain America: Winter Soldier) and Michael Douglas (Ant-Man). And now, the genre can add two more acclaimed players to its game: Jesse Eisenberg (nominated for an Oscar) and Jeremy Irons (already carrying an Oscar).
Eisenberg will play the infamous villain Lex Luthor, while Irons will star as Batman’s loyal and resourceful butler, Alfred in Batman vs. Superman. The two certainly have a capable resumé and it will be super (pun intended, sorry) interesting to see what they will bring to this anticipated (understatement) sequel that could truly launch D.C.’s long-desired string of superhero movies. Here are a couple of reasons why these actors will more than fit the bill:
1. They’re great actors: As stated above, both actors have awesome track records.
2. This could be an origin story (for Luther): More interesting, we have yet to see the origins or developments of Lex Luther on the big screen, and I couldn’t think of a better actor than Eisenberg to complete that task. He’s charismatic in the most diabolical way.
3. Chemistry with both Ben Affleck and Henry Cavil: An interesting blend, opposite Affleck’s Batman and Cavil’s Man of Steel, Eisenberg and Irons (if things go as I envision them in my head) bring something refreshing to the table as they dip their feet into the superhero mayhem on the big screen.
4. Film pushed a year back to capture true vision: Director Zack Snyder and Chris Terrio (Oscar-winning scribe of Argo) have been brought on this time around to work on the script. This, coupled with the above-mentioned casting news, will give audiences time to marinate on the ideas that Warner Bros. and D.C. Comics are planning to take this world. Also, how about that Wonder Woman?
It’s going to be a long wait for the film, which hits theaters May 6, 2016.