People running around in tights and capes will always feel like a comic book, no matter how seriously the filmmakers come at the material. But apparently all cartoonish aspects have been drained from Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The way Jesse Eisenberg makes it sound, DC Comics and Warner Bros.' 'No Jokes' policy was kept in tact for their latest big screen adventure. This will be a straight up adventure drama. And according to the man behind the new Lex Luthor, that makes it an exceptional entry in the genre.
Speaking with Today to promote his new book of short stories 'Bream Gives Me Hiccups', talk eventually turned to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Jesse Eisenberg has had to run some intel as of late, after comparing Comic-Con to 'some kind of Genocide'. He's also had to contend with Michael Shannon's recent comments, which certainly put a very cartoonish notion at play when he suggested his deceased character General Zod will be returning with 'Flippers for hands'. Hoping to curb any more Flipper Hand business, Jesse Eisenberg had this to say about Dawn of Justice, praising every aspect of it.
"It's just the most incredible character. It was written by this guy Chris Terrio, this is his next movie after Argo, who is just this brilliant writer of characters. So this movie is not a cartoonish superhero movie, it's this very serious, well-acted, well-written, well-directed movie. It's really phenomenal."
Jesse Eisenberg is still keeping the full extent of Lex Luthor's involvement in Batman v Superman a mystery. He won't reveal too much just yet. And that's probably for the better. Also running intel on Michael Shannon's made up stories about his 'flipper hands' this week is Jason Momoa. As Aquaman, he may have been most affected. Some people already see Aquaman as a character that can't quite be taken seriously in such a dark comic book movie as this. About that, the actor also implied that DC Comics 'no jokes' rule will be firmly in place when Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice drops in spring of next year.
"I can't see busting out a bunch of jokes, I don't think it will be like that....(The jokes) are cute and funny, there's a bunch of jokes about him and it's like, let's wait. Let's just wait a little bit and then we can make jokes."
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice certainly doesn't sound like all fun and games. Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City's own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis's most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it's ever known before. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice stars Henry Cavill in the role of Clark Kent/Superman, and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman. Also starring is Gal Gadot as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman, with Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane returning from Man of Steel, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, and Holly Hunter in a role created for the film. What do you think? Does Phenomenal and Serious go hand-in-hand? Or do these DC Comics movies need a little more levity? You can watch both Jason Momoa and Jesse Eisenberg's comments in the videos below.