Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor, according to a report from Variety. He’ll play the Superman villain in the sequel to “Man of Steel,” which is currently set for a May 6, 2016 release. Jeremy Irons was announced as a character in the film as well – he’ll play Batman confidant Alfred.
“Man of Steel 2,” as yet officially untitled, stars Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Amy Adams is set to return as Lois Lane.
Director Zack Snyder discussed the casting in a news release.
“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals , his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940,” Snyder said in a press release. “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.”
Snyder called Alfred a “critical element” in the story of Bruce Wayne.
“As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure,” Snyder said in the release. “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.”