I’m not the first to post on this piece of movie news, but it won’t stop me from adding my two cents to this movie ticket. On Friday it was announced by Warner Brothers that Jesse Eisenberg was officially cast as Superman’s arch-enemy, Lex Luthor.
When hearing of this news I was as surprised and as puzzled as a lot of people were that took to the comment boards, Facebook, Twitter or their blog page. Hollywood and their casting decisions defiantly don’t always make sense and when the fans disagree, everyone has no problem in voicing their opinions.
I’ve decided to look at this a bit differently. For all of you old enough to remember Tim Burton’s “Batman” movie (1989), when it came out that Micheal Keaton would be playing the role of Batman/Bruce Wayne, just about everyone laughed and made jokes that Warner Brothers hired Beetle Juice. That there was no way Keaton could make a good Bruce Wayne not to mention Batman. Some even wondered if Warner Brothers was even taking the movie seriously.
By the end of 1989, Warner Brothers had proven us all wrong and “Batman” was a success finishing as the top grossing movie of 1989. Beating out the third Indiana Jones and Lethal Weapon 2.
1 Batman WB $251,188,924
2 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade $197,171,806
3 Lethal Weapon 2 WB $147,253,986
With that said, I’m not defending the hiring of Eisenberg as Luthor, but the movie hasn’t even been shot yet for anyone to judge Eisenberg in the role. I will admit an older actor cast as Luthor does make better sense. Eisenberg will have to live up to some big expectations and endure a lot of criticism. Especially with trying to step into some big shoes previously worn by Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey… who was underrated in Superman Returns.
It was also announced that Jeremy Irons would be filling the role as Alfred, Bruce Wayne’s butler. This may not be a bad choice considering this version of Batman is to be more weathered and beaten down, but at some point you have to stop and wonder just how many main characters do you really need?
Since the announcement by Warner Brothers that the Man of Steel sequel would also be featuring Batman the movie has quickly evolved more into a “Justice League” prequel rather than a Superman sequel. I’m an optimistic fan when it comes to certain movies and this one is no different, but with all the additions they keep making you have to wonder how much confidence they actually have in the project.