Future uncertain for Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor

Will Jesse Eisenberg reprise his role from Batman v Superman? Don’t ask him.

The box office success of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is decisive, but reactions to the movie have been all over the map.

One of the more controversial choices of Snyder’s interpretation of DC Comics’ most iconic heroes was to give us Jesse Eisenberg as evil genius Lex Luthor. The next DC Comics movie scheduled for production is Justice League Part One, where it seems a villain of Lex Luthor’s caliber would be an appropriate part of the cast.

According to Jason Guerrasio of Business Insider, Eisenberg is unsure of whether he’ll be playing Luthor in any movies going forward.

The super-rich madman, played by Jesse Eisenberg, is left by the end of the movie with a shaved head and spouting “the end is near”-like chatter to Batman. He seems to know a lot of what’s going to happen, but will he be in the mix of bad guys who are certain to come?

Eisenberg himself doesn’t know yet, but he’d be happy to return.

“I don’t know if they are so settled on where my character goes,” Eisenberg told Business Insider about Luthor showing up in future movies. “I only hope I have another opportunity to work with these wonderful people and play this interesting character.”

As filming on Justice League is due to begin on April 11th, we should hope the studio gives Eisenberg a straight answer very soon.

The question of whether Lex Luthor will appear in future movies is one matter, and many comics fans would be just as happy to see the Lex they love from the comics. The real question here is whether Eisenberg showed them the genius villain they were hoping to see, and whether the studio is willing to let him do it again. Clearly, Eisenberg is interested in playing the role of Luthor in more movies, but Warner Brothers and DC Comics may or may not be interested in the interpretation of Luthor that Eisenberg brings to the screen.

Other major cast members from Dawn of Justice (Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot) have signed on for multiple movies, so if Jesse Eisenberg is still uncertain about his future in the movie franchise, that is noteworthy. As Eisenberg was a last-minute, unexpected casting choice on the part of director Zack Snyder (the actor had originally auditioned for the role of Jimmy Olsen), the studio may prefer to have an older, more experienced, more on-type actor to play the character going forward. Alternatively, they may opt to have different villains in later movies. We shall wait and see what develops.