Superman will not be complete without Lex Luthor. Now that the Man of Steel is set to return next month, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” the famed nemesis of Superman, Lex Luthor, returns, this time played by Jesse Eisenberg. The actor recently discussed in an interview the complexity of how his version of Luthor thinks and how his version will differ from all other versions of Lex Luthor.
Talking to Playboy Magazine, Eisenberg discussed what is inside the mind of his character Lex Luthor. According to the actor, Luthor, as will be seen in the film, is much more “psychologically realistic” compared to other versions of the villain in earlier films.
“The character is in line with what audiences want to see now, which is a more modern, psychologically realistic concept of Lex Luthor,” Eisenberg said. “His motivations are multifaceted; he has a way of using language that’s specific to the way his mind works; he struggles with interesting philosophical dilemmas like that of the individual having too much power, even if that individual is using that power for good. For instance, Superman has so far been using his powers to do some good, but is it safe to have someone like that walking the streets? It’s great that all of this happens in the context of a very exciting superhero movie.”
Since just like Superman and Batman, there are previous versions of Lex Luthor done, one may expect the actor to find some inspiration from past iterations of the villain. However, according to Eisenberg, he did not do that.
“The previous movies are interesting to watch, but they feel unrelated,” he continued. “This incarnation of the character is drawn so differently. I’d read the comic books, but I figured out pretty quickly there’s not much there that relates to an acting role; it’s just a different format. You know the old joke about actorsif you’re playing the messenger, you think it’s a play about the messengerbut the main characters are wonderful as well.”
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” opens in theaters on March 25.