First Look at Lex Luthor from Batman v Superman

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First Look at Lex Luthor from Batman v Superman

The Good, The Bad, and The Bald.

Lex Luthor Jesse Eisenberg

Today we get to add one piece of big, bald intel to the sporadic snippets of information we've received about Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice so far: a first gander at Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor. Entertainment Weekly's exclusive look at Eisenberg's Luthor depicted the notable villain in a black and white headshot; an intriguing way to feature the billionaire-by-day, villain-by-night.

Zack Snyder, Director of Batman v Superman, said that Eisenberg's depiction of Luthor is "not like any of the Lexes that you've seen, that's for sure, other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course."

Snyder continues with his ominous tone by casually stating that Eisenberg's Luthor "says what he believes and says what's on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it's all there."

Judging by Eisenberg's look of cold determination in this photo and the portrayals of his previous roles, including The Social Network, I feel confident that Eisenberg will be able to depict those megalomaniacal tendencies Luthor is known for.

How do you feel about Eisenberg's upcoming portrayal of such a famous villain?

Source: The Mary Sue, via Entertainment Weekly

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I have a feeling that I've seen something like that before...
Looks like an "edgy" generic rapist...

And with the black and white picture, it kinda reminds me of that first Sin City movie.
Nothing too bad, just bland.

OOOH! it's time for my geek nitpick of the day!

He got the eyes right, but I can see the just-popping-out-of-the-epidermis follicles. It tells me his head was shaved, not that he's bald. It's off putting to my Geek purity.

...just looks like Jesse Eisenberg. There's nothing about it that really screams "Lex Luthor". Maybe if we could see the rest of him and he was in a suit (power or business, either's good) then there'd be something, but at the moment its really just like Eisenberg's taken a selfie after trying out a new look

ObsidianJones:
I can see the just-popping-out-of-the-epidermis follicles. It tells me his head was shaved, not that he's bald.

Which is a problem.
Usually people shave their heads because of some weird, unsightly baldness, or chemo-therapy or something else which forces them to shave their head.
With him though, it seems this is the way he wanted to look.
He choose this for some reason.
Maybe he thought looking like a skinhead/neo-nazi was the right kind of look for him.

"Not like any of the Lexes that you've seen..."

THEN WHY EVEN PUT HIM IN THE MOVIE?!

Seriously, what is even the point of using a character's name if you are just going to make your on character anyway?

[quote="JenSeven" post="7.872888.21903681"]I have a feeling that I've seen something like that before...
Looks like an "edgy" generic rapist...
/quote]

Speaking of edgy, you can stab someone with that chin

Some people really pull off having a bald head, look amazing with it.

Jesse Eisenberg? He is not one of those people. Nope, not even remotely.

But at least Eisenberg did prove that he can play a morally questionable capitalist giant in The Social Network. He could pull off a 21st century Silicon Valley Luthor, quite sure of that.

Scars Unseen:
"Not like any of the Lexes that you've seen..."

THEN WHY EVEN PUT HIM IN THE MOVIE?!

Seriously, what is even the point of using a character's name if you are just going to make your on character anyway?

You shouldn't take that phrase that literally. They want to take Luthor in a new direction, take the 'megalomanic captain of industry' character into the 21st century.

Just looks like a bald Jesse Eisenberg. I like Jesse, but I'm not sure using a well known actor is a good idea for this (Though Bryan Cranston would have been amusing). I don't think I'll ever look at him and think Lex.

....huh, never expected Eisenberg to look a lot more intimidating without hair.

I like Jesse as an actor. I don't think he'll make a bad Lex Luthor. I just don't think Zach Snyder can direct any good movies anymore. He is a one trick pony and I am thoroughly unimpressed with him. It's always the same where he seems almost entirely reliant on that lens effect he uses on every movie, but the movies are never very well directed.

Didn't we get a "First Look" like a year ago when Eisenberg posted a picture of himself bald?
I've seen not this exact photo, but at least this headline like three or four times. And he basically looks the same.

Please no.

Remember when MovieBob was talking about The Rock?

Yeah, he'd at least look like a more convincing Lex Luthor than Eisenberg. Hopefully they'll put a convincing bald cap on him and he'll act well.

I believe he'd be perfectly fine for the part. If the movie was being shot 10 years from now and he could age into the look. He just looks to young in my opinion to hold the edge he would need. But this is based purely off of a single visual, and his acting and in motion it might look better. Someone mentioned that you can see where he's shaved his head, and I think that might not look so bad if you wasn't focusing right on it.

Have we seen one with him smiling? Glaring isn't really Lex, he fumes, but he's usually collected and calculating. He would sneer at his adversaries, knowing he has the upper hand...

So a bald Jesse Eisenberg. This is such a non-reveal, didn't we all know he'd look like this already?

All I can see is that he's not wearing a suit and looks kind of like a trust-fund kid attempting to start a rap career. I'm really looking forward to see people tear this movie to pieces when it comes out.

Having never seen the Social Network, this reveal immediately reminded me of the promotional artwork for that film. They basically just shaved his head and used a filter to drain out the color, same as every other reveal for this film. Is this movie going to be shot in black and white? Because that is the vibe they seem to be going for in every image.

Not fully sold on him as Lex Luther. He just looks too young in my opinion. I know Jesse is over 30 now but he just has a face that makes him look like he just hit 20. What also doesn't sell this well, and others have brought it up, he's not wearing a suit, not even a button up shirt. This looks like a mug shot. At least with the Aqua Man reveal he was in an actual costume. Guess we'll just have to wait and see how he actually performs.

NoShoes:
Zack Snyder, Director of Batman v Superman, said that Eisenberg's depiction of Luthor is "...one person to the world and another person to himself."

Snyder continues with his ominous tone by casually stating that Eisenberg's Luthor "says what he believes and says what's on his mind."

Nothing keeps your public image separate from your private persona like always saying exactly what's on your mind!

Pallindromemordnillap:
...just looks like Jesse Eisenberg. There's nothing about it that really screams "Lex Luthor". Maybe if we could see the rest of him and he was in a suit (power or business, either's good) then there'd be something, but at the moment its really just like Eisenberg's taken a selfie after trying out a new look

Pretty much this whole thing.

Nothing against Eisenberg but he just looks too young, maybe if we saw him in a power or business suit and some damn color we could make a better call.

But right now it just looks like Eisenberg taking a selfie after shaving his head.

I actually like the look. I think that he could really make a good Lex Luthor. There's nothing wrong with putting a different spin on a roll that we've seen done a bunch of times. I'm glad they're going in a different direction. To be honest, I think most of the casting decisions could really work well if they were going to be utilized by a good director. Unfortunately, I don't think it's the casting that's going to ruin this movie. It'll be the awful direction combined with the fact that the movie is more crowed than Spiderman 3.

It just seems like they're trying to do their own Avengers without having all of the introductory films to use as a base. This could have been great if they'd released it 2-3 years later after giving the individual characters their own films to show some development. I mean, watching the Avengers without seeing the previous movies would be clunky at best. Still, I guess I should reserve judgment until I've seen the movie.

You looks just as silly as I thought he would. Awe look at him trying to put on that mean face lol.

Upon making a google search, this is the 1 image I found that didn't just look like a mockup:
image

Here, it's at least a clean shave and no shadow of a scalp, unlike the recent Hitman trailer. So take it how you will. If the baldness is an issue with people, then their enjoyment of the movie will largely depend on how the production staff maintain this particular look throughout what I can only imagine will be a 3 1/2 hour movie. Mind you, the movie version of Lex is at a 1/1 ratio for bald/not bald. Gene Hackman? Not bald. Kevin Spacey? Bald.

I'm positive that I've seen that picture before...only in color. I'm really starting to wonder if Batman V Superman isn't going to go all-out Frank Miller on us and just be in black-and-white. As for Eisenburg himself, he looks much too young to be Lex Luthor. He looks more like a bald thug kind of character who Batman would punch in the jaw and then forget about. It just doesn't feel right to me but maybe it'll look better in motion.

Scars Unseen:
"Not like any of the Lexes that you've seen..."

THEN WHY EVEN PUT HIM IN THE MOVIE?!

Seriously, what is even the point of using a character's name if you are just going to make your on character anyway?

You do know how many different Luthor's there have been right? and that's just in the comics.

he's going to be a 21st century, possibly hands on, tech/engineering "STEM" guy.

like an evil Tony Stark basically...with a bit of Jobs/Gates/Schmidt/Zuckerberg thrown in to whatever degree.

its a perfect fit especially give the potential "power suit" angles in this movie and/or later down the line and his casting.

maybe with an older family run industrial/engineering conglomerate underneath as well.

hell, maybe they'll kill his parents as motivation...

and Aquamans...and Wonder Womans...

anyway it's been known for some time a "power suit" is worn by Batman at one point in this movie (lifted from The Dark Knight Returns Superman fight) so you can probably expect contemporary technology from LexCorp if not possibly even cross pollinated somehow.

consider the following: Luthor hates/fears Superman for something related to the mayhem in the first film (much the same as Batmans probable motivation for turning up imo) and potentially, after a fashion, sees Batman take on Superman in a "power suit"...

they're not going to do the real estate thing again...or anything else really outlandish...

and what else is there for a quasi-"realistic" & "grounded" widely easily understood and accepted super-businessman/villain type nowadays ? all the biggest "business magnate" names people commonly know are tech people...

"imma buy out Wayne Enterprises ! muahahahahahahaha" ? :P

and i don't think anyone can overlook the call of casting Jesse Eisenberg as a "business magnate" off the back of The Social Network.

in terms of skill set and business background...i think this Lex in this movie with that casting basically says "evil Tony Stark"/Bruce Wayne contemporary...but with a silicon valley sourced personality...and thus new to the screen and "not like any of the Lexes that you've seen"...and probably minus any mention of stuff like arms dealing because then it would just becomes all too obvious...but played cold and straight...at least initially until he maybe gets a bit unhinged...then the "power suits" come in...

Remus:
Upon making a google search, this is the 1 image I found that didn't just look like a mockup:
image

Holy *** ! He actually looks like the head of a corporation on this.

I keep seeing this storyline. He's a young entrepreneur who just manages to be extremely successful. He sees Superman as a threat to humanity and decides to take him out... but gets a little too much into it.

Am I wrong to try and be the optimist in this?

Random Argument Man:
Am I wrong to try and be the optimist in this?

no i've been cautiously optimistic for a while.

i think Watchmen has endured the beating it took quite well and although this movie will undoubtedly be in Zack Snyders style and very different to Marvels stuff i think it just might work.

i also think that it's going to make the first film make a lot more overall sense in terms of the emergent series.

because all the big "wtf is he doing!" stuff fans complained about in that film is what's going to provide character motivations/development in this one making them both more cohesive.

i think the older Dark Knight Returns like Batman is eventually going to school the younger inexperienced Superman in responsible heroing basically.

after initial confrontation.

then they form their superhero team.

and i think Superman just grew up in a world where at least some of the other superheros already existed...just maybe not so much to a shielded kid in rural Kansas/globally hiding hobo...

...and that's how they are gonna play it...and with next to no "origin stories"...because they aren't needed (The Avengers kinda having made this point).

hence even the playing with the cape maybe...

hell, maybe Superman was pretending to be Batman...

or Wonder Woman :P

PS. anyone know how the female Robin rumour is holding up ?

So... It's Eisenberg pulling a Heisenberg?

Other than that, I want to hear him say a quote straight out of Lex Luther himself...

I rather fancy the look. He looks like a Lex Luthor to me. So it's not an image thing. It's just that I've never seen Eisenberg do anything other than play the neurotic Jew. I wonder about his acting ability, not the physique du role.

Johnny Novgorod:
I rather fancy the look. He looks like a Lex Luthor to me. So it's not an image thing. It's just that I've never seen Eisenberg do anything other than play the neurotic Jew. I wonder about his acting ability, not the physique du role.

Which is an ironic choice of words considering here he looks like an extra from Romper Stomper or American History X.

I gotta at least respect that he was willing to go bald, since doing that is a big deal, but he just doesn't look intimidating and any kind of anger will look like a child's tantrum rather than adult rage. I mean he could shock the shit out of me, but I won't be holding my breath.

Hahaha

Hahahahahahaha

Oh man he looks adorable.

He doesn't look menacing or ruthless, he looks like a child who got into his dad's clippers and had a bit of an accident with his hair.

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.

Our villain ladies and gentlemen!

He looks like a drug dealer taking a mug shot.

I don't know anyone who is too excited for Dawn of Justice, but if I did I have a feeling they would be disappointed.

Johnny Novgorod:
I rather fancy the look. He looks like a Lex Luthor to me. So it's not an image thing. It's just that I've never seen Eisenberg do anything other than play the neurotic Jew. I wonder about his acting ability, not the physique du role.

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.

Wendy Moss:

Johnny Novgorod:
I rather fancy the look. He looks like a Lex Luthor to me. So it's not an image thing. It's just that I've never seen Eisenberg do anything other than play the neurotic Jew. I wonder about his acting ability, not the physique du role.

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.

Welcome to the forums and thank you for the list, but all I said was that Eisenberg plays a certain kind of role, not that every Jewish actor does.

I get that they are still trying to do the whole dark and brooding thing with this film, but did they really need to release a black and white headshot of him instead of something more representative of how he will actually look in this film? Because it just looks weird looking at it in black and white.

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