Jesse Eisenberg has yet to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. But the actor, who played Lex Luthor in the blockbuster, has devised his own reasons for why the film might have been critically mauled and for why his incarnation of the iconic villain didn’t quite match what was originally in the script.
The Oscar-nominated actor, who received this nod for his work in The Social Network, was asked by MTV News about the poor response to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. While he admitted that he hadn’t yet seen the film, he did provide this possible explanation for why people failed to connect with his character.
“It’s a very complicated mythology that I was able to wrap my head around while we were filming, but I think there were certain editorial choices that I was not aware of that they put in retroactively,” Eisenberg remarked.
— Indy Film (@TheIndyFilm) April 18, 2016
There’s every chance that we could get to see the bits Eisenberg teases above that Zack Snyder left on the cutting room floor. Just before Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released, it was teased that there an R-rated version of the film had been cut. It’s also since been confirmed that the first edit of the film came in at around four hours long.
Obviously, to make way for its release, this had to be sliced down to the final running time of two hours and 31 minutes.
Discussing his reaction to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jesse Eisenberg insisted that he wasn’t adversely affected by the mostly negative reviews to the film, because he simply doesn’t pay attention to them. In fact, Eisenberg admitted that he lives in a bubble and he hasn’t even seen the movie in the first place.
Eisenberg emphatically declared, “I watch no movies I’ve been in, I read nothing about them.”
His Now You See Me 2 co-star Dave Franco was so shocked by this remark that he immediately quizzed him about the last film that he saw that he starred in. This led Dave Franco to admit that he did actually watch Zombieland, but only because Woody Harrelson dragged him to.
But even though he has yet to see his performance as Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jesse Eisenberg admitted that he would still jump at the opportunity to return to Warner Bros.’ DC Extended Universe as the villain.
This is mostly because of the people he worked with, as Jesse Eisenberg insisted that it was “just an honor to be part of that group” before praising Zack Snyder as a visual genius and lauding Chris Terrio’s script-writing abilities.
Warning: There are some Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice spoilers ahead. So if you’ve yet to see the blockbuster, then you probably shouldn’t read ahead.
In all likelihood, Jesse Eisenberg will return to as Lex Luthor somewhere down the line. The end of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice found Lex Luthor imprisoned after his villainous antics led to the death of Superman and huge destruction.
— MTV Pop Culture (@MTVPopCult) April 15, 2016
At the end of the film, after being approached by Batman, Lex Luthor insists that there is more evil on the horizon, which obviously is a tease to the likes of Suicide Squad, Wonder Woman, Justice League Part 1, and Justice League Part 2.
In all likelihood, we’re only likely to see Lex Luthor’s return in the latter two films, especially since Jesse Eisenberg seems as much in the dark about his possible involvement in the franchise as the rest of us.
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