Friday, January 31, 2014

SUPERMAN / BATMAN Finally Casts Lex Luthor and Alfred, But Should HaveOfficially Titled the Movie Too

And boom goes the dynamite! This is what happens whenever Warner Bros. announces a new casting choice for their sequel to Man of Steel. While it was recently delayed 10 months to a 2016 release, and is still untitled, many continue to refer to it as Batman vs. Superman but more and more websites are starting to refer to the sequel as Superman / Batman now. (Weird, I know.)

Whatever the film is going to be called, Warner should have taken the opportunity to give the film an official title when they announced that The Social Network actor Jesse Eisenberg has been hired on to play the role of Lex Luthor. With such an outside of the box casting being made, giving fans an official title to talk about as well would have lessened the burden of the new cast member addition. Especially since it is for one of the most popular villains in the DC comic book universe.

Currently, social media outlets like Twitter and Facebook are hitting the comment and tweet buttons a lot because most don't like or understand the casting of Eisenberg in the coveted villain role. Watch The Social Network to see why he might have been cast since Eisenberg has a few evil genius moments and looks in the film.

Also, Warner Bros. announced actor Jeremy Irons was hired on to play Bruce Wayne's lifelong butler Alfred. Irons is already considered a great casting choice on social media while Eisenberg's casting will be heavily debated for weeks and months; up until the film is in theaters.

Director Zack Snyder was quoted on the new casting announcements (via SuperHero Hype):

"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."

Synder then spoke about Alfred.

"As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne's most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. 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 fa├žade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne."

Right now the film is going through a script re-write by Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio which The Daily SuperHero has been told is the reason of the production delay right now. Warner Bros. has issued a press release stating that filming in Michigan and Illinois will begin in spring instead of the previously planned start time of February. This has also been confirmed by my production source while other sites have reported otherwise. A casting announcement this big also corroborates that the film is not ready to start filming in mere days or weeks and it is more on track to start filming closer to April. 

Stay tuned for more information and in the meantime cue all of the fan made trailer mash-up using clips from The Dark Knight Trilogy, Daredevil, The Social Network and Man of Steel.

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