The casting for the Man of Steel sequel (now delayed until May 6 2016) has just announced a couple of big names. The rumoured Bryan Cranston from TV’s Breaking Bad will not be classic Superman bald baddie Lex Luthor, but The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg will. Some are saying he looks too young, although he’s also 30, just like Superman actor Henry Cavill.
Eisenberg was menacing and crafty in Network, and also cocky in Now You See Me. I think he could pull this off.
Jeremy Irons is a good choice for Bruce Wayne’s butler/confidante Alfred Pennyworth. There aren’t too many well-known British actors of that age. I guess they could get an American actor to do a Brit accent, but Irons will certainly bring the gravitas. Here’s what director Zack Snyder had to say about the casting.
“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”
The director added, “As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”
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