BATMAN V SUPERMAN Star Jesse Eisenberg Shares Advice For New Lex Luthor Nicholas Hoult: "Don’t Watch Me!"

BATMAN V SUPERMAN Star Jesse Eisenberg Shares Advice For New Lex Luthor Nicholas Hoult: "Don’t Watch Me!" BATMAN V SUPERMAN Star Jesse Eisenberg Shares Advice For New Lex Luthor Nicholas Hoult: "Don’t Watch Me!"

DC Studios' Superman: Legacy will see Dark Phoenix star Nicholas Hoult play the DCU's Lex Luthor but what advice does his predecessor, Batman v Superman star Jesse Eisenberg, have for his fellow actor?

By JoshWilding - Jan 20, 2024 07:01 AM EST
Filed Under: Superman: Legacy
Source: Variety

Zack Snyder cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, putting a new, Mark Zuckerberg-inspired spin on the villain which divided opinions. 

Later imprisoned in Arkham Asylum for his role in creating Doomsday, Lex's head was shaved and he later returned in both versions of Justice League. In one, he suggested to Deathstroke that they create a team of their own (likely the Injustice League). In the other, he revealed Batman's identity to Slade Wilson as a means of setting the stage for Ben Affleck's take on The Batman

Now, the DCEU is being rebooted by DC Studios as the DCU and X-Men actor Nicholas Hoult will take over the role of Lex in James Gunn's Superman: Legacy

Variety recently caught up with Eisenberg and asked if he has any advice for his successor. He responded with, "Don’t watch me!" The actor then elaborated on those comments by saying he thinks Hoult should do his own thing with the villain. 

"Whenever you play a role you feel connected to it," he added. "There’s no way around it. Any time you do anything, even if it’s a movie that’s a Hollywood kind of thing, you connect."

We spoke with Eisenberg in 2021 and asked him if he'd ever return to the role. 

"[Laughs] I’m probably the last person to know the answer to that question because I don’t know how they make those decisions. You know, my background is in theatre where you do a play 200 times and you feel like you’re just getting the hang of it by the last performance. I would love to play any character again. After a movie ends, the actors usually turn to each other and say, ‘Oh, now I finally know what I’m doing and I understand what my purpose [was].' Actors, in my experience, do like playing roles again but that particular one is just not up to me. I’m sure I could do a one-man show somewhere but no one would, you know…"

We later put it to the actor that it seemed like the DCEU once had big plans in place for his iteration of the villain. To that, he replied, "Oh, yeah. Yeah, of course. Also, if there were [plans], I didn’t know about them. Otherwise, I’d have some great material, but I didn’t know about it!"

Eisenberg ever returning to the superhero genre seems unlikely, particularly as he now seems to have shifted focus to smaller projects and his ambitions to direct. He left a lasting impact as Lex, anyway, and it will be interesting to see how Hoult's approach differs when Superman: Legacy is released next year.

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AC1
AC1 - 1/20/2024, 7:13 AM
I still think he could've been a really good Lex but the character was poorly handled in BvS (and I say that as someone who likes BvS and is something of an apologist for it)

It's clear the character was originally meant to be The Riddler and they rushed to change him to Lex and didn't do it properly. But look at his work in The Social Network and even his brief cameo at the end of ZSJL and you can see the makings of a good Lex in what Jesse does - maybe not at the level of Michael Rosenbaum or even Kevin Spacey or Gene Hackman, but still could've been a good interpretation.

Basically just get rid of all the OTT skittish craziness and the hammy rambling nonsense, focus on the cold and calculating intellectual aspects of the character.
Demigods
Demigods - 1/20/2024, 8:40 AM
@AC1 - dude... that would have been so much better as the Riddler... Granted, I'd have loved to see him team up with Lex, but yeah! That would have been awesome!
AC1
AC1 - 1/20/2024, 10:17 AM
@Demigods - I'm pretty sure it's been confirmed that was actually the original plan but they changed it at the last minute, and that Jesse really was originally cast as The Riddler before they cut the character and made Lex the only villain instead
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 1/20/2024, 7:17 AM
I like Eisenberg as an actor but whomever cast him as Lex, which I'm sure was Snyder, should never be allowed to be a casting director again. Yuck that was awful. For a hundred reasons.
DiegoMD
DiegoMD - 1/20/2024, 7:55 AM
@lazlodaytona - He could have been great if he played the character more like Zuckerberg in Social Network, but instead he chose to play a version of The Riddler that loves to make Mickey Mouse sounds!
Feralwookiee
Feralwookiee - 1/20/2024, 8:57 AM
@lazlodaytona - "but whomever cast him as Lex, which I'm sure was Snyder, should never be allowed to be a casting director again."

Come on now. You know who cast him.

Saga
Saga - 1/20/2024, 7:30 AM
OT: get Kieran Culkin a comic book role asap!
lazlodaytona
lazlodaytona - 1/20/2024, 8:02 AM
@Saga - I'd be in on that.
ObserverIO
ObserverIO - 1/20/2024, 8:29 AM
@Saga - He was in Scott Pilgrim.
Forthas
Forthas - 1/20/2024, 8:06 AM
Everyone saw what a miscast it was. Despite the perception that audiences are wrong about casting choices, I think actually they are mostly right. For every Heath Ledger the audience got wrong there are ten Jesse Eisenbergs that they saw a mile away would be a disaster.

Marvelll
Marvelll - 1/20/2024, 8:21 AM
He was bad as a toothache and didn't look at all like that powerful, intelligent and dangerous Lex Luthor that appears in the comics.
CoHost
CoHost - 1/20/2024, 9:39 AM
Better than the advice Jared Leto gave Joaquin Phoenix.
Lemons
Lemons - 1/20/2024, 9:41 AM
He could've been a great Lex Luthor. Watch The Double. It's just he was given bad direction.
SuperiorHeckler
SuperiorHeckler - 1/20/2024, 9:46 AM
So, Zack Snyder's vision of a Lex Luthor that had more in common with the Riddler and the Joker WASN'T a good idea after all???? 😳
GhostDog
GhostDog - 1/20/2024, 9:56 AM
A painful performance to watch
Steel86
Steel86 - 1/20/2024, 10:15 AM
I understand what they were trying to do it just didn't work for a Lex Luthor. Funny enough that same performance for a Riddler would've been great.
knomad
knomad - 1/20/2024, 10:39 AM
Agreed.. Please don't watch him!
slickrickdesigns
slickrickdesigns - 1/20/2024, 10:46 AM
It’s weird how Snyder casted three actors that fit the roles of the big three for DC. Cavill, Affleck and Gadot. They were good in their roles for BvS before Jostice league. But he also casts Eisenberg as Lex and that was the wtf was he thinking moment before the film released. People said don’t hate till you see it and guess what, he was as bad as we all expected him to be. Eisenberg was good in the FB movie, American Ultra and Zombie Land. He should only be casted in roles that require Micheal Cera but can’t afford Micheal Cera.
MrDandy
MrDandy - 1/20/2024, 11:14 AM
Terrible Lex Luthor. Apparently he had met to play Jimmy Olsen and was given that role instead. Bad stunt casting.
DocSpock
DocSpock - 1/20/2024, 11:58 AM

Pipsqueak whiny frat boy Luthor was the single worst casting in CBM history, & it's not even close.

Dishonorable mention to criminal pervert Ezra Miller.
PartyKiller
PartyKiller - 1/20/2024, 12:14 PM
Sad but true. Once upon a time there were posters here who thought Eisenberg was a great Lex. They acted like it was so bad that it was good because it went against everything we would expect Lex to be.

They would have crazy rationalizations for all of Snyder's blunders. For a couple years they denied anyone died in the Superman VS Zod fight. Then their lord, Snyder, admitted there would have been mass casualties.

Jon Kent's dumb death....rationalized to be great.

Wonder Woman's murderous past....rationalized to be realistic and superior to a Wonder Woman who could not murder.

Mass murderer Batman....realistic, cool.

The DC heroes being dreary & depressing...rationalized to be great because in the real world people aren't perfect.

There were so many more desperate attempts to make gold of Snyder's turds. HAHAHAA!
ModHaterSLADE
ModHaterSLADE - 1/20/2024, 12:27 PM
Such a shit choice for Luthor, he would've easily been a better Riddler or even Mad Hatter.
BlackStar25
BlackStar25 - 1/20/2024, 12:42 PM
I still think this and the Leto casting was great. Direction was HORRIBLE tho. Feels like people rope the two together.
RubyRhod
RubyRhod - 1/20/2024, 9:24 PM

His face and his voice annoys me

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