Jesse Eisenberg's 'modern' Lex Luthor

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 February 2016
Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg

Jesse Eisenberg says his Lex Luthor in 'Batman v Superman' will be more "modern psychologically realistic"

Jesse Eisenberg says his Lex Luthor in 'Batman v Superman' will be more "modern and multi-faceted".

The actor takes on the role of Superman's nemesis in the upcoming superhero movie and revealed he wanted to make the villain more "realistic".

He told Playboy: "The character is in line with what audiences want to see now, which is a more modern, psychologically realistic concept of Lex Luthor. His motivations are multifaceted; he has a way of using language that's specific to the way his mind works; he struggles with interesting philosophical dilemmas like that of the individual having too much power, even if that individual is using that power for good.

"For instance, Superman has so far been using his powers to do some good, but is it safe to have someone like that walking the streets? It's great that all of this happens in the context of a very exciting superhero movie."

Henry Cavill plays Superman while Ben Affleck stars as Batman in the new movie and Jesse loved working with them both.

He added: "They're both very smart, funny people. They were wonderful to work with because we were all sort of adjusting things to make the scenes as good as they could be. Henry has already played Superman in another movie so he has such a strong idea of his character. That was fun for me because I could play with that.

"Ben Affleck is also very sharp. Doing this was a lot of fun because the three of us like to improvise, changing dialogue and all. But it was also strange for me: I have a lot of respect for both of them and yet my character mocks them both a lot in the movie. But that was just the nature of the thing."

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