Saturday, February 1, 2014

Jesse Eisenberg is...the New Lex Luthor?

When it comes to Warner Bros. and DC Comics for the past five years, you can always expect some insane stupidity when it comes to their business decisions. From Green Lantern being a colossal turd (featuring an antagonist made of turds), to the retrospectively lame ending to the Dark Knight trilogy, to last year's Man of Steel killing off the mystique of Superman, to these ongoing news stories of Man of Steel 2/Justice League? being delayed constantly and Zack Snyder selecting some iffy picks like Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Well, now we have one of the biggest bombshells to be delivered to the public by Snyder.

Jesse Eisenberg has been cast to play Lex Luthor in the next untitled DC Comics movie. He apparently won't be the central villain but he'll be groomed in the background behind some other super-roidy-magoo (Jason Momoa and Dwayne Johnson are currently being considered).

Unlike Marvel Comics, who often expertly makes a dream cast for their movies, Snyder and abysmal writer David Goyer seemingly want to do their own weird twisted version of the popular DC universe. So, instead of a bald actor easily capable of playing power-hungry, imposing madmen like Bryan Cranston, they hired Eisenberg instead, to essentially play a rip-off of his Oscar-nominated role as Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.

I do really like Eisenberg as an actor and I loved him as Zuckerberg, hence why I gave him Best Actor honors in 2010. But him as Luthor? I can see it in some form but it just blows my mind how bad this miscasting is.

First off, there's the hair situation. He could keep his hair and be a slight variant of the crazy haired mad genius of Luthor implemented pre-John Byrne. If he cuts it all off, which some internet folks have already done so through Photoshop, he'll just disturbingly look like a Neo-Nazi or make everyone crave for Michael Rosenbaum of Smallville fame to play the character again.

Secondly, and more importantly, this will be just another DC movie iteration where a handsome super-jock ultimately defeats a nerdy, thinly-muscled villain. Where have we seen this pathetic rivalry template before? The fiasco that was known as Green Lantern.

Thirdly, just picture Eisenberg in Luthor's famous super-armor. No buys indeed.

I keep repeating myself after every one of these breaking news, proclaiming that I wholeheartedly believe that Snyder and Goyer will deliver another terrible film. Maybe I will have to eat crow and it will completely work on the cinema screen. But this latest casting decsion firmly shows these two numbskulls are from Bizarro World. I now rather want to read a book account of all of this production turmoil than actually see the final product.

Oh, and Jeremy Irons is our new Alfred. Not much to say about that.

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