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Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons cast in “Man of Steel 2”

Jesse Eisenberg Lex Luther

Today Zack Snyder announced 2 more additions to the casting line up of “Man of Steel 2” (or “Superman/Batman” or “Justice League” or whatever the name will be tomorrow.

The sequel to “Man of Steel” will be introducing Superman’s greatest foe…Lex Luthor. Luthor will be played by Jesse Eisenberg (“The Social network” and “Zombieland”) per Snyder’s announcement.

Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals , his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious 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. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.

What’s even more surprising is that Jeremy Irons has been cast as Bruce Wayne’s butler and father figure, Alfred Pennyworth.

He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.

We already knew that Batman was going to be an intricate part of this film but with the introduction of Alfred, it seems Batman will have his own story within the film.