Michael Rosenbaum On Which BATMAN Villain He’d Be Good At; Offers Jesse Eisenberg Advice On Lex Luthor
Before the Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor firestorm took over the internet, there were a bunch of names thrown out there as possibilities for Superman’s long time nemesis. Some were actual people Warner Brothers were looking at, others were campaigning for the role and some even had fans actively trying to get them the role. One of those who fans were trying to get into the mix was Michael Rosenbaum.
As most know Rosenbaum famously played the character of Lex for the better part of seven seasons on Smallville. While he showed a reluctance to return to the show, he eventually did during the series finale, he said he would gladly play the character in Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel sequel. However, Eisenberg was cast, which ended the Michael Rosenbaum for fan campaign.
But that’s not the end of Rosenbaum throwing his name out for characters associated with the DC Universe. While promoting his new film, Back In The Day, Rosenbaum was asked what character now that Lex has been cast would he like to tackle. “I think I’d be a fantastic Joker. I think I could crush The Joker,” he explained. When asked if he was talking about live action or voice over he elaborated, “Both, actually. I don’t think anyone can top Heath Ledger’s version of the Joker. I don’t think that can ever be topped. I’d give it a shot, don’t get me wrong. The voice would be fun. And I think I could be Batman. Look, these are the ones I’d enjoy, but I’d do anything. Bruce Timm would always ask me to do this and that. It was always a treat ‘do one of your impressions’. I got to do many voices over the time. It was very fun.”
He also had a bit to say about the casting of Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. While Rosenbaum said he didn’t need it, he was asked to provide a little advise for Eisenberg. “First off,” he started. “I think he’s a really good actor. I don’t think he needs any advice from me, he’ll do his homework. Do it your way. I’m sure Zack [Snyder] has an idea. He cast you for reason. Jesse’s a good actor. He’ll do it his own way and that’s the best way. If you can do it your way, if you succeed or fail, you succeed because you are being original. If you’re trying to emulate someone, you’ll always be compared. That’s why I didn’t want to be compared during Smallville. I didn’t watch any of Gene Hackman as Lex. He’ll be fantastic. Great actor, no problem with it.”
I would be a little skeptical of Rosenbaum as The Joker to be honest. I would be more accepting of it in a voice over animated movie rather than live action. The way it seems, Snyder and company seem to want to, and rightfully so, distance themselves from any actor that has been associated with these sets of characters before. So I would say Rosenbaum’s chances aren’t very good to join the DC movie universe, but I do like his acting and wouldn’t mind seeing him in some capacity. Would you like to see him? Sound off in the comment boxes below, and make sure to check back here at Comic Book Therapy for the latest.
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