When it comes to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, most critics loath Jesse Eisenberg's new take on Lex Luthor. Though, the majority of fans haven't spoken yet. And won't until later today when the movie finally opens wide across the country. Some believe the actor would have been better suited for a completely different character. And it sounds like that may have originally been the idea. Director Zack Snyder confirmed recently that Jesse Eisenberg first auditioned for a smaller role. Now, new information has come to light that this other character was probably The Riddler.
Producer Charles Roven won't confirm who Jesse Eisenberg auditioned for. But he does admit that it was for a cameo role. It was recently revealed that the movie was supposed to include cameo roles from both The Joker and The Riddler. And we all know who wound up in the role of The Joker, with Jared Leto playing the clown prince of crime in Suicide Squad. Here's what Charles Roven had to say about Jesse Eisenberg's original character reading, and why they eventually wound up casting him as Lex Luthor.
"We don't want to talk about what the role was. But it was more like a cameo. But he was so good in the little thing that he did, it was really a conversation that we started to talk about. It would be great to contemproize Lex. Make him different from the Lexes that we've seen in the past. But still also make him believable. And we felt that Jesse was a good choice."
Even though Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is stacked to the brim with DC Comics characters, it was Zack Snyder that confirmed both The Riddler and The Joker were supposed to be in the movie. And if you look close enough, you'll see nods to both of these iconic villains in the finished film. About why the characters were eventually cut, the director had this to say.
"The Joker and The Riddler both came close to being in this movie. We talked about the possibility of putting them in. [Screenwriter] Chris Terrio and I talked about it a lot and felt that their mythological presence is felt in the movie and that's cool, but I didn't want to get my eye too far off the ball because I needed to spend the time, frankly, with Batman and Superman to understand the conflict."
So, was Jesse Eisenberg supposed to cameo as The Riddler with the role to possibly expand in later films? It sure sounds like that's the case. However, we are now stuck with the actor as Lex Luthor, which has a certain faction moaning quite loudly. It's still possible that Jesse Eisenberg's Lex may show up in Suicide Squad, which has long been rumored. But Roven is remaining mum on the case.
"I can't discuss that with you."
So, what do you think? Do you love Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor? Or do you think he's been horribly miscast? Would you have rather seen him play The Riddler? Well, won't happen now. So, who do you think is the perfect successor to this character, last played on the big screen by Jim Carrey in 1995's Batman Forever and currently played by Cory Michael Smith on Fox's Gotham?