Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons have been cast as Lex Luthor and Alfred Pennyworth in Batman vs Superman.
An announcement on the DC Comics website confirmed the casting, along with quotes from the film’s director Zack Snyder.
“Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. 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.”
“As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. 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.”
Eisenberg is known for roles in Now You See Me, The Social Network and Zombieland and now steps into the shoes of the man last played on-screen by Kevin Spacey in Superman Returns. Meanwhile Irons, an Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe-award winner, will take up the role of Bruce Wayne’s trusty butler Alfred, portrayed by Michael Caine in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy.
Batman vs Superman – still to be given an official title – is due for release on May 6 2016.