Jesse Eisenberg Would Be Surprised If He Was In Another DCEU Movie
Jesse Eisenberg played Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman as well as the movie Justice League, being more of a contemporary of Henry Cavill’s Superman than an older adult. Speaking at the 28th Sarajevo Film Festival after screenings of his debut film When You Finish Saving the World, the Oscar nominee was disappointed with the initial response to his portrayal of the character.
“I felt very personal about it,” Eisenberg said (via Deadline). “The writer, Chris Terrio, is a very serious writer, and he’s a very emotional person. He thought a lot about my character, and I thought a lot about my character too.” The actor opened up about how he talked to his acting coach about the character and his backstory and how people hated him in the role.
In 2016, Eisenberg told the LA Times that Luthor had a genuine tragic and emotional story. “It was my interest in playing the character with a real emotional core, and this writer, Chris Terrio’s interest in creating a character that felt viable in reality. He’s a top notch narcissist but complicated in that too in that he is terribly troubled, competitive, and vengeful, he views Superman not as someone to be destroyed but as a real threat to humanity.
“Look, I’m not a comic book fan,” he told Deadline after the screening of When You Finish Saving the World to elaborate on his thoughts. “For me, it wasn’t playing a role that I had envisioned since childhood. For me, it was a chance to play this great character that this great writer wrote, and I loved doing that. So playing it is a joy, and not playing it isn’t something I’m going to be ashamed to tell my kids about, because it’s not an important genre in my life, even though I loved making this movie.”
Eisenberg didn’t exactly say he’d turn down another comic book role, but he’d be very surprised if offered one.
“I would be shocked if I found myself in a DC movie, but it would be a pleasant shock,” he said. “As an actor you do all kinds of different things, and sometimes great roles show up in really commercial stuff and sometimes terrible roles show up in independent films.”
Batman v Superman grossed $873.6 million worldwide at the box office, and despite making profits, it performed below expectations and received generally unfavorable reviews from critics.
Eisenberg’s next acting project will be Manodrome, about Uber driver and aspiring bodybuilder Ralphie, who is inducted into a libertarian cult of masculinity and loses his grip on reality when his pent-up desires are awakened. When You Finish Saving the World is due out this year.
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