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Here’s who Jesse Eisenberg really almost played in Batman V Superman and Snyder confirms Bryan Cranston was almost Lex Luthor

March 27th, 2016 by Marc 1 Comment


Ever wonder about what may have been? Well, how about Bryan Cranston as Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman?

Remember earlier this week we thought Jesse Eisenberg may have originally tested for Riddler? Well, it seems it was Jimmy Olsen as Snyder’s plan was to cast a well known actor in the role then shock everyone by killing him on screen (if you’re not bothered about spoilers you can click this link to learn more about this): “I thought, if it were Jesse Eisenberg and he got out and he goes, ‘I’m Jimmy Olsen,’ you’d be like, oh my God, we’re gonna have Jimmy Olsen in the whole movie, right?’ And then if he got shot, you’d just be like, ‘What!? You can’t do that.’”

But things really took a turn after they met Eisenberg as Snyder reveals he and his producer wife Deborah met with him: “I said, ‘I want to do this misdirect and you’d be great. You’d be a great Jimmy Olsen.. And he’s like, ‘Yeah, that’s cool,’ and he was being very Jesse in the meeting.”

But after the meeting Snyder, loving Eisenberg’s mannerisms and obvious intelligence, changed his mind: “I was like, ‘Wow, that guy is crazy… Debbie, what about Jesse as Lex?”

But here’s the big news, remember all the rumours that Bryan Cranston was involved in the movie as either Lex or Commissioner Gordon? Well, he WAS in talks for Lex, confirms Snyder: “We talked about the usual suspects that you would imagine; any actor who has been bald, probably. Bryan Cranston would have been great, right? And by the way, he’s an amazing actor. Can you imagine how different the movie would be?”

We know Eisenberg’s take on the character is really dividing the fandom – even here at FTN – but man, Cranston would have been a phenomenal choice!

Source: EW

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….