Jesse Eisenberg Says Lex Luthor is His Most Advantageous Role Ever Given


Jesse Eisenberg who plays Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, spoke with Observer in an interview on his career as an actor and writer, he also speaks on comic book movies  role as Lex also came up, which he had a lot of positive things to say about Comic Mook movies, his role and of Dawn of Justice screenplay by Chris Terrio.

On Comic Book movies:

“A lot of great actors are doing comic book adaptations,” he said, spreading jam, a touch defensively. But that’s because those movies have become so good.”

On his character of Lex:

“In a lot of ways Luthor is more of a stretch than any character you would do in an independent movie, which is normally the place you stretch. So in that way it was not at all compromised. If anything it was the best, most advantageous role I’ve ever been given.”

On Chris Terrio’s writing of characters:

 “It’s because the opportunity to do an interesting character on a movie of that scale is incredibly rare… The character is written by the phenomenal writer [and Argo Oscar winner] Chris Terrio. His background is not in comic books so he was coming at it from emotion and story and created this really wonderful character, as enigmatic as he is emotionally honest.”

On the tone of comic book films these days:

“Now people expect the tone to be more realistic just because we live in a world where the average audience member has a sense of psychological motivations… [It raises the question] how can one man—Superman—have so much power? These are the kind of things that we talk about when we think about authoritarian states, when we talk about Vladimir Putin having a strong foothold in Eastern Europe. They’re addressing geopolitics in this movie and not in a way that’s pretentious or esoteric.”

More on Terrio’s screenplay:

 “Terrio cleverly ties in these really exciting superhero elements with these really sophisticated, philosophical themes in a much smarter, different way. That’s what I like to do with my writing: To have these very sophisticated, philosophical debates happen on very basic levels.”

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