The news that Jesse Eisenberg had been confirmed as the shiny headed villain in the new Batman vs Superman may have come as a surprise. Compounding that surprise, you may also be shocked to discover that Joaquin Phoenix and Girls star, Adam Driver, were previously approached to take the position, according to Total Film.
Phoenix rejected the role flat out (how good that would have been) and Driver apparently gave it a bit of brain time before it fell through due to scheduling issues. But all is not lost for DC Comic fans, Eisenberg could end up being a dark horse for the role. The 30 year old Social Network star will give a new look and feel to the part, most noticeably a younger one, that is more in line with more recent graphic novel versions of the character, one in which he he is a childhood friend of Superman.
No doubt that this is definitely a strategic move away from more classic representations of Luther, with both Kevin Spacey (Superman Returns) and Gene Hackman (Superman) playing him well into their 40s.
But, sher, 'tis all speculation for now. We'll have to wait and see how this one pans out when the film reaches our shores on the 6th of May 2016. We cannie wait.
Take a look at the trailer for Now You See Me, released last year, a movie in which Eisenberg stars alongside Woody Harrelson, Morgan Freeman, Dave Franco and Michael Caine.