Jessie Eisenberg Never Liked Comic Books... But He'll Be Playing This Major Comic Book Villain

Lillian Boyd
Jessie Eisenberg offers the audience a tiny glimpse into his role as Lex Luthor.

Warner Bros. announced earlier this year that Jesse Eisenberg will be playing the role of Lex Luthor, Superman’s mortal nemesis, in the upcoming sequel Batman vs. Superman.


Despite Eisenberg taking on this iconic role, he disclosed to Jimmy Fallon that he was never a big comic book fan.

“I knew nothing about [comic books].”

Eisenberg tells Fallon he is not legally authorized to reveal any further information about the film. But Director Zack Snyder had elaborated on the decision to cast Eisenberg in an official statement:

"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."

Jesse Eisenberg is best known for his role in The Social Network, portraying Mark Zuckerburg as well as his awkward, fidgety gestures and monotonous, straightforward tone. Funny or Die parodied Eisenberg’s audition for the role of Lex Luther in this hilarious video:

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