Warner Bros. Pictures has cast Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Superman-Batman film.
The castings, announced Friday, come two weeks after Warner pushed production on the untitled Superman-Batman movie to the second quarter of this year and set a release date of May 6, 2016 as the studio departed from a July, 2015 slot.
Jeremy Irons seems perfectly suitable, though it will be awfully hard to replace Michael Caine. Jesse Eisenberg seems to be a very odd choice. I’ve never seen him play anything other than Jesse Eisenberg (including when he played Mark Zuckerberg).
Still, perhaps there’s a Heath Ledger/Joker transformation that can happen here. But this whole film is shaping up so strangely.