BATMAN v SUPERMAN Star Jesse Eisenberg Was Only Given 90 Minutes To Read The Movie's Screenplay

BATMAN v SUPERMAN Star Jesse Eisenberg Was Only Given 90 Minutes To Read The Movie's Screenplay

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice star Jesse Eisenberg reveals that Warner Bros. gave him only 90 minutes to read the movie's screenplay before expecting a decision about whether he would play Lex Luthor.

By JoshWilding - Apr 14, 2020 02:04 AM EST
Filed Under: Batman vs. Superman
Source: Konbini

Jesse Eisenberg played Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (and briefly in Justice League), but the Zombieland actor didn't have long to decide whether he wanted to join the DC Extended Universe. During a recent interview with Konbini, the actor revealed that Warner Bros. gave him only 90 minutes to delve into the movie's dense screenplay! 

After describing Chris Terrio's script as "one of the most dense scripts I've read intellectually," Eisenberg explained that it would be deleted from his computer after an hour and a half. "I sat down to read it and it just took forever, because it was so dense. There were references to things I'd never heard of, I was shocked. I thought it was just going to be people flying around for a hundred pages."

Pointing out that he had never actually watched a superhero movie before being cast in Batman v Superman, Eisenberg was unable to finish it in time as it was "so intellectually probing."

"I don't know how many people watching that movie know his references, or even if they stayed in the final cut of the movie. Because this guy who wrote it, he's a genius. It was weird in that kind of a movie to have dialogue that is so sophisticated and like referencing Greek literature and philosophy and the great moral struggles of the world, but in this kind of superhero movie."

Luckily, Warner Bros. did grant Eisenberg an extension, so he was able to finish the screenplay and, well, it's fair to say he was impressed by what he read.

Critics didn't agree for the most part, but the DC Comics adaptation has a dedicated fanbase. Batman v Superman also boasted plenty of memorable moments as the Caped Crusader went to war with the Man of Steel on the big screen.

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Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco)

Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco)

Harley Quinn: Birds of Prey's version of Cassandra Cain was awesome. Ella Jay Basco is a talented young actress, and clearly someone it's going to be worth keeping an eye on moving forward. However, her version of the character is nothing like the youngster's comic book counterpart.

As you'll no doubt be well aware, that Cassandra is a mute better known as both Batgirl and Orphan.

There's nothing to say Basco's portrayal couldn't evolve in a possible sequel (not that one is looking particularly likely at this point), but as comic book writer Gail Simone has pointed out on social media, this movie's Cassandra simply isn't the version fans know and love either in terms of personality or appearance, and that's something which understandably disappointed a lot of people.

The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum)

The Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum)

There were certainly some visual nods to The Grandmaster's comic book appearance in Thor: Ragnarok (just look at the image above), but there's one big problem here: Jeff Goldblum isn't blue!

His costume and hair all pay homage to the source material - which is definitely appreciated - but that blue skin would have resulted in a nearly perfect take on this mischievous comic book baddie.

Why only "nearly" perfect? Well, The Grandmaster has typically been portrayed as looking quite a bit older! Other than that, we obviously loved what Golblum did with the character in this threequel.

MJ (Zendaya)

MJ (Zendaya)

Spider-Man: Homecoming's "My friends call me 'MJ'" reveal was more than a little cringe-worthy, but Zendaya more than made up for that with a fantastic performance in Far From Home.

She's incredibly likeable and a great love interest for Tom Holland's Peter Parker, but she's not exactly the Mary Jane Watson we know and love from the comic books. There's nothing wrong with Marvel Studios putting a fresh spin on the character, but if we're talking about sheer accuracy to the source material, you don't need us to tell you that Zendaya isn't a redhead supermodel!

She is, however, stunning, but not exactly portrayed that way in this franchise. Simply put, this MJ isn't a match for her comic book counterpart in terms of appearance or personality.

Aquaman (Jason Momoa)

Aquaman (Jason Momoa)

We love Jason Momoa's Aquaman (he's a motherf***ing badass, for starters!), but when you think of Arthur Curry, a guy with dark hair and tattoos isn't what instantly springs to mind.

The DC Universe's Aquaman was always portrayed as being a blonde haired, blue eyed, clean cut superhero (well, up until he lost his hand), but is this change a big deal? Absolutely not, because like Zendaya as MJ, Momoa does a phenomenal job as this Justice League member. Now, he's made the character his own, and more diversity in the superhero movie genre is no bad thing.

It's impossible to imagine anyone else as this iconic comic book character at this point, but it is easy to understand why at least some fans are still hoping for a slightly more accurate version.

The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley)

The Mandarin (Sir Ben Kingsley)

Man, this was a controversial one! When Sir Ben Kingsley was cast as The Mandarin in Iron Man 3, there was a lot of backlash regarding Marvel Studios' decision to cast a non-Asian actor as the villain, but it was explained that the villain was simply borrowing imagery and iconography from various cultures (making him an amalgamation of sorts).

The decision to cast Kingsley helped ease the minds of many fans, but the big reveal that he wasn't the leader of the Ten Rings and was, instead, a British actor called Trevor.

Give some of the racial stereotypes associated with The Mandarin, it's not hard to understand why Marvel Studios went down this route, but it just didn't land for a lot of people. Now, they're looking to make up for that by introducing a comic accurate version in the Shang-Chi movie.

Wolverine (Hugh Jackman)

Wolverine (Hugh Jackman)

Hugh Jackman's time as Wolverine ended with 2017's Logan, but with so much talk surrounding the character's return as Marvel Studios looks to reboot the X-Men, we can't help but look back at how wrong Fox got it when they cast this Aussie actor as the clawed mutant hero.

Now, before you think about jamming your own claws through our skulls, bear with us; we don't disagree that Jackman was a great Wolverine (he really was), but he wasn't exactly comic accurate!

Considerably taller than that version of Logan, Jackman had the complete wrong body type, and the fact he never donned that costume also didn't help matters. From the neck up, he was perfect for the role, but Marvel Studios needs to look for less of a hunk when he debuts in the MCU.

Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)

Hank Pym (Michael Douglas)

Michael Douglas being part of the MCU is no bad thing, but his Hank Pym is a major departure from the source material. The decision to make him older basically changes everything, and means he's not the slightly unhinged scientist in his 30s we know as a founding Avenger in the comics.

There's nothing wrong with his portrayal of the character, but it's a completely new interpretation of the hero, and you won't find any comic books with Hank looking anything like he does here.

For some fans, the decision to change Hank and Janet to such a large extent is unforgiveable, especially as they no longer have any sort of involvement with the forming of Earth's Mightiest Heroes.

The Joker (Jared Leto)

The Joker (Jared Leto)

Could the moment that Jared Leto's Joker was first revealed be one of the most controversial unveilings of a comic book movie character ever? It certainly felt that way at the time because the response to Suicide Squad's take on the Clown Prince of Crime was overwhelmingly negative.

From the grills on his teeth to the tattoos covering his body (not to mention the controversial "Damaged" tattoo scrawled across his forehead), fans hated everything about this Joker.

While most of Leto's performance ended up on the cutting room floor, what we did see wasn't what anyone expected from the Oscar-winner. Director David Ayer clearly wanted to deliver a slightly more realistic version of Batman's greatest foe, but what he went for just did not work.

Aunt May (Marisa Tomei)

Aunt May (Marisa Tomei)

Marisa Tomei is a great actress, and we'd like to see her version of Aunt May get a bigger role in the Marvel Cinematic Universe moving forward (especially now her nephew is on the run).

You can understand why Marvel Studios chose to make this version of the character younger - it never really made sense for her to be ancient as she is the web-slinger's aunt, not his grandmother - but a lot of fans were still upset. After all, Peter Parker trying to look after his ailing mother figure and fretting about stressing her out was a staple of many of his earliest adventures.

On the plus side, while the MCU's May Parker isn't exactly comic accurate, Captain America: Civil War had good fun with Tony Stark pointing out that Spidey's aunt was surprisingly hot!

Supreme Intelligence (Annette Bening)

Supreme Intelligence (Annette Bening)

Captain Marvel took the Supreme Intelligence in a very interesting new direction, and the reveal that the A.I. appears as whoever the person speaking to "her" most admires was a clever one. Unfortunately, as great as Annette Bening was here, this wasn't the version of the villain fans wanted.

The concept of the Supreme Intelligence essentially being a giant green face in a jar is a hard one to sell even in a Marvel Studios movie, but a deleted scene has confirmed it was considered.

For reasons which remain unclear, that didn't make it into Captain Marvel, and we're now hoping that the sequel will make up for this. The Bening reveal was a fun one (especially when we learned that the A.I. was basing its appearance on Mar-Vell), but not remotely comic accurate.

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ChangAlang - 4/14/2020, 2:09 AM
I liked the movie overall but I’m not a fan of his take on Luthor.
Iports - 4/14/2020, 7:43 AM
@ChangAlang - I agree he’s brilliant actor and I love some of his lines

But he isn’t really .. lex how I imagine lex would be
tmp3 - 4/14/2020, 2:38 AM
I don't know how the star of The Social Network, one of the best written films of the century so far, could call Batman v Superman "one of the most dense scripts [he's] read intellectually", but I guess people contain multitudes
Reeds2Much - 4/14/2020, 6:34 AM
@tmp3 - Maybe he meant dense as "thick and cloudy."
WakandanQueen - 4/14/2020, 2:42 AM
No way he's talking about BvS.
tmp3 - 4/14/2020, 2:44 AM
@WakandanQueen - He's talking about Squid and the Whale
Feralwookiee - 4/14/2020, 2:44 AM
It seems more like it took someone only 90 minutes to WRITE the screenplay!

bkmeijer2 - 4/14/2020, 2:48 AM
Never really thought about it, but I think that trying to make the script as intellectually as possible is what seriously hurt the movie
nikgrid - 4/14/2020, 5:09 AM
@MalseMarcel - No...WB cutting 30 minutes out of the film hurt it. Hell I think if you cut 30 minutes out of The Empire strikes back I would hate it.
RandyOrtonLF - 4/14/2020, 5:30 AM
@nikgrid - Are you serious hahahaha. The Ultimate Cut is still a [frick]ing terrible film. BvS is one of the biggest cinematic disasters ever. It's an atrocious movie that was never gonna be good with Snyder and Terrio at the helm.
VileBlood - 4/14/2020, 6:15 AM
@nikgrid - WB should have cut the entire film and started over from the beginning. Removing 30 minutes from BvS wasn't enough to fix that bloddy mess.
nikgrid - 4/14/2020, 10:39 PM
@RandyOrtonLF - Yeah I am serious hahahaha. BvS is a far more entertaining and better written film than Captain Marvel.
nikgrid - 4/14/2020, 10:40 PM
@obredaan - "Removing 30 minutes from BvS wasn't enough to fix that bloddy mess"

Yeah that's what I'm saying. Removing 30 minutes from it doesn't make it better.
Nightwing1015 - 4/14/2020, 3:40 AM
"Because this guy who wrote it, he's a genius."

KillerCroc357 - 4/14/2020, 4:21 AM
Always count on when there is a negative DCEU/Worlds of DC article posted with wildly crazy statements, it is a Josh Wilding contribution.

Sure. WB presented a major actor with a script and gave him 90 minutes to think it over. I'm sure that happened.
OmegaDaGrodd - 4/14/2020, 5:23 AM
"one of the most dense scripts I've read intellectually"

The jokes have seized the means of production and have begun writing themselves
Iports - 4/14/2020, 7:37 AM
I watched it last night !

To be honest he’s brilliant in it !

Love his whole speech about devils come from the sky

He’s just a very good actor and deserves more credit

4thMaster - 4/14/2020, 9:14 AM
Of course he thought it was dense & complex, like 80% of HIS lines are references to philosophy, Greco-Roman mythology, and "smart people" books (eg. Lolita (love the book)). Then giving him 90 minutes to blow through it he probably thought all the dense dialogue was very intense stuff. A script for a movie that ended up being over 3 hours & the script was likely over 4 hours worth of material.
rabid - 4/14/2020, 10:04 AM
That's normal for this business. Even the Avengers had only a few hours to read and weren't allowed to take scripts out of the studio. Secrecy is so important to these execs. They don't want sites like CBM scooping anything except what they spoon feed us.
NinnesMBC - 4/14/2020, 11:59 AM
Reminded me a bit to the previous news about how Don Cheadle wasn't given too much time either to decide if he wanted to be War Machine.

TBH all those things that were referencing Greek literature didn't do any favours to the movie, it just made it seem too high brow instead of grounding the characters and giving them nuance.
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