Remember that time that DC cast Ben Affleck and nerds got angry when they found out it wasn’t a joke, or when there were casting rumors that Cranston had been cast as Lex Luthor, and nerds rejoiced? I still wish that they’d cast a different Batman, however I’m much less disappointed that Cranston isn’t Luthor and, I have a bit more hope for the Batman side of this movie, with DC’s latest (and official casting choices).
Nerdist quoted the press release which stated:
Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Jesse Eisenberg has been set to star as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Zack Snyder untitled Superman/Batman film
Regarding the casting overall, both are excellent choices. Lex Luthor’s special kind of narcissistic genius could definitely be done well by Eisenberg, who seems to excel in roles where he puts others in their place (though his curly hair will be missed). After all, as the press release pointed out about the traditionally bald villain:
He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman.
And with anyone else for Alfred, I probably would have wondered if they could top Michael Caine, but with Irons there wasn’t any hesitation with thinking he’d be a good fit in this aspect of the DCCU.
One point about Alfred in the press release specifically stood out though, in terms of the direction of the film:
He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman.
So, what transformation, if any will we see in terms of Bruce Wayne, or Batman? I still firmly think that DCCU is (even with pushing this film back to 2016) trying to rush things if they don’t establish a refreshed version of Batman, before teaming him up with the current version of Superman. It may seem ridiculous to treat the character to a reboot so soon after The Dark Knight, but unless Nolan is going to do something with the whole “world thinks Bruce Wayne and Batman are dead” thing, then maybe a fresh start should be made. I think it would go a long way in getting fans on board with Ben Affleck, and what is supposed to be a new and mind-blowing suit.
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