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Superman movie 2014 cast

Jesse EisenbergRIght, pure evil, we see … Jesse Eisenberg. Photograph: Beck Starr/FilmMagic

If there's one conclusion to be drawn from recent events surrounding the forthcoming "Batman vs Superman" movie, it's that Zack Snyder and David S Goyer don't give a monkeys whether fans agree with their casting decisions. First there was Ben Affleck as Batman, a choice that proved about as popular as New Coke when it was announced in September. Next there was little-known Israeli actor Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, a svelte, gazelle-like actor for a role traditionally handed to someone with the vital statistics of a Barbie doll. And now we have Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, a character the world at large had imagined being played by someone who looked rather more like … well, Bryan Cranston.

Since that announcement last week, it has been revealed that Joaquin Phoenix and Adam Driver of HBO's Girls were also offered the role of Superman's arch-nemesis. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Phoenix turned it down, while Driver was unavailable due to previous commitments. But Eisenberg, the slight and physically unimposing actor best known for playing Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, said yes.

So why exactly did Warner Bros plump for the 30-year-old New Yorker? Skewing the film towards a younger audience is an obvious advantage of casting an actor who is the same age as Henry Cavill, but there might be other plus points from avoiding the obvious casting route. Skinny, intense Eisenberg might just save us from a Man of Steel sequel with even more emphasis on action spectacle than the first movie, which many felt descended into Michael Bay-style knuckleheaded bombast in that weak final act. As Drew McWeeny of HitFix has pointed out, any physical battle between Superman or Batman and Eisen-Luthor would be a seriously one-sided affair, so this new incarnation will have to be one who uses his brain to win battles. That's not such a major shift from the dynamic seen in previous movies, though Luthor in the comics has at times been a far more physically powerful villain.

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