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In keeping with the apparent theme of casting actors whose presence just don’t match the characters they’re meant to be portraying: the role of Lex Luthor in the next Superman flick has now been filled.

Lex Luthor: A manipulative mastermind. A hugely successful industrialist. A brilliant businessman apparently born to be both the brains and figurehead of a multinational mega corporation. A man whose actions got him all the way to the White House. A man who is as charming and commanding as he is evil and power-hungry.

A man being played by Jesse Eisenberg, the weedy guy that played Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network……and whose voice sounds like a duck being raped by a chipmunk.

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:iconbadmillennial:
BadMillennial Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2014
Actually makes sense 
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Teakster Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2014  Professional General Artist
It is Heisenberg not Eisenberg that the people wanted!
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jerseycajun Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
It could work.  I keep going back to those deposition scenes in Social Network.  The guy played a role requiring him to be the coldest, most manipulative and smartest person in a room full of presumably smart, educated men, and he knew it.  That's who Lex Luthor is.  So while he may not have the physique of the cartoon version, (which hasn't always been the physical manifestation of Luthor), you still have the intellectual prowess and cold, calculating character traits that I think have always been the real threat to Superman, as he can't compete physically and never has.
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TheRavensBastard39 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
My number one casting pick for Batman was Paul Rudd...and now he's Ant-Man
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zetabot Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014
The same could be said for anyone who's not Kevin Spacey.
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Kegger98 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Yeah, but who's to say. Maybe he gave a good audition tape. Also, lex Luther's description   sounds perfect for Jessie Eisenberg. 
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TheRavensBastard39 Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Ok, now I'm convinced that casting wise, the filmmakers are just pulling names out of a hat and sticking without whoever gets pulled out of said hat. 
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TheRavensBastard39 Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
personally, I would have cast character actor Clancy Brown 
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SherbertTCat Featured By Owner Feb 7, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Keep in mind, no one thought that Ledger would be a good fit for the Joker.
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dinshino Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Eisenberg, rather.

I'm not the best with names of actors i don't give a damn about.
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dinshino Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014
Zuckerberg may be able to pull off his role. Ben Affleck is the one everyone is very understandably upset with.
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TheLastOutlaw Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2014
See, there comes a point where horrific miscasting can become brilliant comedy in and of itself but they never quite seem to be able to reach that tipping point, it's like at the last second they realize how awful their choices are and try to reign themselves in but it's already too late to accomplish any sort of damage control so why not just go all the way? For example, when they cast Ah-nuld as Mr. Freeze they should have just the rest of the way and made a comedy. Martin Short as Batman, Cris Farley as Robin. At that point the level of absurdity would have been perfect. As far as Eisenberg goes, I can picture him being a young Lex, showing him at the start of his career, but Lex at or near the apex of his power? No.

My first concrete memory of Lex Luthor from the comics (back when I was in grade school) was an issue where he tore Mettallo's kryptonite from his chest with no concern for whether or not it may kill him while at pretty much the same time sexually harassing one of his researchers (and no, he wasn't vulgar enough to play grab ass, but using not only your charm but your position as someones employer to coerce them into dating you is text book sexual harassment). This cocktail of ego, casual abuse of power and manipulation are at the core of his character. Can I picture Eisenberg pulling off this sort of performance and making it believable? Again, no. But I've given up on DC films a while ago, I think they've proven that the first two Nolan flicks were flukes.
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Danifox Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
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DeROSAart Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional General Artist
LMAO!
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Sexual-Yeti Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
And then in Man of Steel 3, Doomsday is going to be played by Christopher Mintz-Plasse! Although that would actually be kind of awesome in a 'Jack Black as Spiderman' kind of way.
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TheRavensBastard39 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
no, Dommsday should be played by creature actor Brian Steele. 
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Sexual-Yeti Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I was taking a jab at the casting of the Man of Steel movies, not who would actually be appropriate.
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TheRavensBastard39 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
man how I hate it when I don't get the joke. 
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TheRavensBastard39 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
*Doomsday...F**K COMPUTERS!!!!!
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dryuyuri Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
Woooooooooooooooooow i thought this was a joke you were making, and a hilarious one at that.

But then i googled it..... oh god why

WHY
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EveLWillow Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I dont know ... I've been thinking about it myself sense I heard the news and then I recalled some of the superman issues I read way back in the 80's and it dawned on me that they might be shooting for a classical comic book version of Lex rather then the version we're seeing in movies and television. That being said all these off the wall actors they are picking for well known roll have got me kind of hopeful that this next movie might be worth watching ...
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BadMillennial Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
I say they ought to unearth Telly Savalas for the part.
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TSG-Arakara Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Only because of Eisenberg's name, everybody on Memebase is saying that it should've been Bryan Cranston (Heisenberg, Breaking Bad).
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MummyMetaller Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
....



I think this sums up my thoughts quite nicely:- static2.wikia.nocookie.net/__c…
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opinions Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014
This one bothers me less than Affleck playing Batman. At least Eisenberg has range in his acting, meaning he is capable of playing a character that is clearly not his own personality. Affleck seems to be only able to play Affleck, much the way that John Wayne was only good at playing John Wayne. And from what I've seen of Affleck, he is not Batman.

Hell, Eisenberg has played one of the most underhanded and intelligent businessmen of our time and, in my opinion, he played it well. Now, all he needs to do is show that he can play somebody with spine... which could be a hurdle for him, but at least there is room for hope. About his voice, the studio can hire a voice coach to aid him with a more commanding tone.
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James-Dark-Blue-Wolf Featured By Owner Feb 4, 2014

This is going to be a big fail.


It seems whoever is picking the cast thinks they will win because these people are well known. However the fans and critics will step in and tear this movie apart. Piece by piece.


To me it's like there trying to build a tower on a hill which won't hold the tower and what will cause it to fall and break apart is when all this badness they are putting into it will cause it to fail.


I'm already picturing what's going to happen on the day they will release it. Fans and critics will boo and show there angry towards everyone who was part of that film and Hollywood is going to lose some big money on this. Then the news will eat this up as another story.


It also looks like they are trying to make it like a cheesy low budget B-movie and they think they will get away with this? Surely more then one person is going to be blamed for this movie.


Proof of this that bloody reboot of Robocop. It already has an 7.1 rating on IMDB. As the ori has 7.8 rating. When this comes out it will have such a low rating, bad reviews and won't even make back the money they put in to it. Living proof that evening getting big names to make stuff like this they'll do something that will ruin it forever.


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Rubbermatt Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
WTF is with all these reboots?
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chakat-shadows Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Ummmmmm,,,,,arnt these the same people who tell us that we must starve ourselves to be beutiful?
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Ganthan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Mark Strong

That is all.
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Wherewulf14 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
watDoes Not Compute 
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moonman169 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
any 1 else feel woody Harrison would be a better cast for lex luther  than whats currently casted?
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Grimfeather Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
Yea I think this movie will be a big flop, cant wait to see the wreckage though.
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Rockreaper Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
I mean....there are SO many more actors fitting for the role....the fuck DC??
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CPT-HAZE Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
What if this is all secret conspiracy by Marvel to ruin DC's public image?
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jollyjack Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
I think DC are doing that perfectly well on their own.
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CPT-HAZE Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Digital Artist
I never thought I would see a comic giant fall in my lifetime.
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SamwiseTheAwesome Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
They need to bring Kevin Spacey back
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Nofate301 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Student Writer
I think the concept here is, they are seeking people that don't appear to fit the mold.

Which is sort of how they are think some of the Batman casting was done.  I think, for example, people were not thrilled with Heath Ledger when he was cast as the Joker.

Eisenberg may not appear to meet the credentials of Lex Luthor, tall, imposing, etc.  But he's played a megalomaniac already, so he has that going for him.
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Darkone10 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
This is just getting weirder and weirder.

But I'll hold my judgement for now.
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l3rotherwolf Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
I could be Jimmy Olsen, but I own a camera, and have a basic idea of how to use it. So they wouldn't cast me.
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tigerfangart Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Well, at least he has experience playing evil billionaires, right?
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shadowdude7 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
Ha.
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RamsusXIII Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
I still say Affleck makes a good BRUCE WAYNE but not so much Batman but it is what it is. Eisenberg though?!
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Phantasim-Fan Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
I stand by Affleck, but I have no clue what they were thinking when they picked Eisenberg.
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nitron100 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
not only that, but gal gadot: a thinner than paper actress, filling the role as wonder woman, who is mostly seen as well fit and thick...

but what makes her different then this is that she can still bulk up to better fit the role...
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boborly713 Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2014
waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaat
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beachhead1973 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
a-yup...

I strongly suspect many casting choices are about getting popular actors into movies in order to make money, rather that to accurately portray the characters represented.

As well, we cracked.com pointed out. No matter how badly they mess it up; nerds and geeks will still go to see their movies, if for no other reason than to complain about it.
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JRHogg Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
The continuing rounds of nerdrage are quite amusing to me.
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BigLoader69 Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
LOL A duck being raped by a chipmunk LOL
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TijonWolfsMajestys Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Student Traditional Artist
WHAT! THE! HELL!!!!!! WHY!!!!!!!!!!!
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