Jesse Eisenberg was cast to play Lex Luthor in the Zack Snyder film ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’ and would reprise the role in both the theatrical and director’s cut of ‘Justice League.’ With confusion on which direction DC Comics and Warner Media will take its DCEU franchise, this led to rumors that Eisenberg would cameo as the master criminal in ‘The Batman,’ an upcoming film starring Robert Pattinson as the Gotham City vigilante.
Eisenberg seemingly put those rumors to rest when he denied that he had been contacted by ‘The Batman’ director Matt Reeves about returning as the Lex Corp founder.
“Oh, yeah,” he said according to Digital Spy. “Yeah, of course. Also, if there were [plans], I didn’t know about them. Otherwise, I’d have some great material, but I didn’t know about it!”
When asked if he would ever reprise the role, he responded, “Umm… I’m probably the last person to know the answer to that question because I don’t know how they make those decisions.”
“You know, my background is in theater where you do a play 200 times and you feel like you’re just getting the hang of it by the last performance. I would love to play any character again,” he continued. “After a movie ends, the actors usually turn to each other and say, ‘Oh, now I finally know what I’m doing and I understand what my purpose [was].’
Eisenberg added, “Actors, in my experience, do like playing roles again but that particular one is just not up to me.”
It does seem that ‘The Batman’ will primarily focus on characters native to Gotham City, based on the trailer and casting confirmations. Zoë Kravitz will portray Catwoman, Colin Farrell is playing the Penguin, and Paul Dano will portray Riddler, a role that was rumored to go to Eisenberg in the early days of what fans call the SnyderVerse.
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