So yeah. That happened.

If you haven’t heard, the Oscar-nominated actor has been cast as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Man of Steel sequel. Oscar winner Jeremy Irons has also been tapped to play Alfred Pennyworth in the film (which has been pushed to Summer 2016). Best know for portraying Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network, Eisenberg’s name wasn’t on anyone’s radar for the role — those names belonged to folks like Bryan Cranston and Joaquin Phoenix, to name two. So this news was definitely… unexpected.

We’ve talked about the Man of Steel sequel a lot here on The Nerds of Color. I’m starting to wonder if Zack Snyder and company are just trolling the internet at this point. Fanboy outrage seems to be the de facto response to every announcement so far. And after #Batfleck broke the internet in half last summer, how long until #Lexbook dominates twitter?

As with the Affleck and Gal Gadot casting announcements, I’ll maintain a wait-and-see attitude until May 6, 2016. I mean, casting Eisenberg — who’s 30 years old and is six inches shorter than Henry Cavill (and eight inches shorter than Affleck!) — is definitely against type.

Interestingly, I’m more concerned about Jeremy Irons as Alfred. So far, while the reaction online to Eisenberg has been less than flattering, fanboy consenus around Irons is that he’s a great choice. I’m just not sure I’m ready to have Alfred sound like Scar from The Lion King.

Though, I guess if James Earl Jones could pull off Darth Vader and Mustafa, I can get over Alfred sounding like a villain.

You know who my pick for Alfred would’ve been?

Rob Brydon. Or maybe Steve Coogan.

Or both.

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13 thoughts on “Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor… Wait… Wha?

  1. I understand why people say Hollywood is ran by Jews now, Wonder Woman is a former Ms Israeli and now Eisenberg for Lex Luthor…..I mean d@mn…..these pics suck. Burn Hollywood Burn!!!

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    1. Actors of fully Jewish background: -Logan Lerman, Natalie Portman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mila Kunis, Bar Refaeli, James Wolk, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Julian Morris, Adam Brody, Esti Ginzburg, Kat Dennings, Gabriel Macht, Erin Heatherton, Odeya Rush, Anton Yelchin, Paul Rudd, Scott Mechlowicz, Lisa Kudrow, Lizzy Caplan, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gal Gadot, Debra Messing, Robert Kazinsky, Melanie Laurent, Shiri Appleby, Justin Bartha, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Margarita Levieva, Elizabeth Berkley, Halston Sage, Seth Gabel, Skylar Astin, Mia Kirshner, Alden Ehrenreich, Eric Balfour, Jason Isaacs, Jon Bernthal, William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy.

      Andrew Garfield is Jewish, too (though I don’t know if both of his parents are).

      Actors with Jewish mothers and non-Jewish fathers -Jake Gyllenhaal, Dave Franco, James Franco, Scarlett Johansson, Daniel Day-Lewis, Daniel Radcliffe, Alison Brie, Eva Green, Joaquin Phoenix, River Phoenix, Emmy Rossum, Rashida Jones, Jennifer Connelly, Sofia Black D’Elia, Nora Arnezeder, Goldie Hawn, Ginnifer Goodwin, Amanda Peet, Eric Dane, Jeremy Jordan, Joel Kinnaman, Ben Barnes, Patricia Arquette, Kyra Sedgwick, Dave Annable, Ryan Potter.

      Actors with Jewish fathers and non-Jewish mothers, who themselves were either raised as Jews and/or identify as Jews: -Ezra Miller, Gwyneth Paltrow, Alexa Davalos, Nat Wolff, Nicola Peltz, James Maslow, Josh Bowman, Winona Ryder, Michael Douglas, Ben Foster, Jamie Lee Curtis, Nikki Reed, Zac Efron, Jonathan Keltz, Paul Newman.

      Oh, and Ansel Elgort’s father is Jewish, though I don’t know how Ansel was raised.

      Actors with one Jewish-born parent and one parent who converted to Judaism -Dianna Agron, Sara Paxton (whose father converted, not her mother), Alicia Silverstone, Jamie-Lynn Sigler.

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  2. This movie is going to be giving me anxiety until it finally comes out. I’m trying to maintain the “lets-not-be-so-quick-to-judge” attitude but I’m more than a little riled up at this point. Just hope it turns out well.

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  3. As it was with Gal Gadot’s casting, I have no idea what to say about it. It’s surprising, but not inspiring. At this rate, I might as well just ignore what they’re doing until we see an actual trailer.

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    1. But should we expect the Smallville Lex Luthor? We now know that Snyder and Goyer have more influence here than Nolan. Bringing up the late Heath Ledger doesn’t help. He did not play Lex Luthor.

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  4. I think the cast looks good and has the potential to make an absolutely amazing film or an absolute flop. I’m definitely going to see it. I like DC’s new approach to their universe on the big screen and the small screen. It’s going to take some time to mature, but I think it’ll be great in the long run.

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