New Details Emerge On Warner Brothers Search For Lex Luthor In BATMAN VS SUPERMAN
Warner Brothers sure knows how to set Fanboy/girls into a rage the likes you have never seen before…until they announce their next casting. The current casting in question comes in the form of Jesse Eisenberg as Superman’s arch nemesis, Lex Luthor. With the announcement last week, the firestorm started hot, and is still burning. Much as it did when we first found out that Ben Affleck would be playing Batman in the upcoming Man Of Steel sequel.
New details have arrived on just what exactly it was that Warner Brothers was looking for when they were in the process of casting Lex. One such detail was who exactly WB approached for the role. Way back when, Girls star Adam Driver was rumored to be up for the role of Nightwing in Batman Vs. Superman. However, The Hollywood Reporter is saying he actually took meetings about his interest in playing Luthor, but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts. Another name was Joaquin Phoenix who just out right passed on the role.
While there was a few older actors that WB had in mind, Tom Hanks (56) being one of them, it never got passed the idea stage. Bryan Cranston was said to be the model for what they are looking for in Lex, although the actor was never approached about the role, despite countless rumors to the contrary.
Castings roles in the movie is said to not be from a wide search, with director Zack Snyder narrowing down a short list of who he would like to see and then reaching out to gauge interest. “Zack doesn’t see a lot of people,” said THR’s source.
Batman Vs. Superman (name pending) is said to be getting ready to film sometime around April or May. Superman, Henry Cavill, is already in Detroit for the shoot, and is expected to be joined by other stars such as Ben Affleck (Batman) and Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor). Sources from THR remained tight lipped when asked if Eisenberg will shave his head for the role. However, as soon as we get info on the hair no hair question, we will pass it along to you right here at Comic Book Therapy.
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Source : THR