Jesse Eisenberg Would “Love” To Return As Lex Luthor

Says The Bad Guys Have All The Fun, And He's Right

What’re the chances we’ll ever see Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor again? Probably slim to none, and slim is quarantined somewhere with coronavirus. Eisenberg has never really sounded confident he’ll play the supervillain again, but that doesn’t mean he’s given up hope. While out doing press for his upcoming thriller Vivarium, Eisenberg said he’d be open to returning, because being the bad guy is where the fun is at…

“Oh yeah, I would love to because it’s such a cool character.  To play a villain in a superhero movie is the fun part. The good guys are fine but the villain is the fun part cause you get to be more flamboyant. The hero usually gets to survive but the villain has all the funny lines.”

Eisenberg played Lex Luthor first in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, then reprised the role briefly at the end of Justice League. The latter movie’s very-public failure pretty much killed any future storylines involving Luthor, but it’s not as if the DCEU has ceased to exist. I suppose there’s always an outside shot he could return in another character’s movie, but it’s pretty unlikely.


Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.


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