It’s fair to deduce that one of the most divisive elements of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was Jesse Eisenberg’s performance as
Mark Zuckerberg Lex Luthor. Eisenberg’s younger take on the character was embraced by few, but derided as annoying and lacking genuine menace by the majority.
Eisenberg is completely cut-off from the press of the film because he never reads reviews but has spoken about how he understands some of the criticisms, hinting that ‘retroactive editorial choices’ made it more difficult for the audience to understand Lex’s motivations.
“It’s a very complicated mythology that I was able to wrap my head around while we were filming,” he told MTV (via Squareeyed). “But I think there were certain editorial choices that I was not aware of that they put in retroactively.”
It’s a rather interesting comment from Eisenberg, who also admitted to not having seen the film (because he doesn’t watch anything he stars in, of course). The editing has been a constant point of a conjecture since the film’s release, with many criticising director Zack Snyder for not skilfully weaving together the various storylines stuffed into the film.
It was recently revealed that Snyder’s original cut was 4 hours long and, while we may never see that Apocalypse Now-esque version, Luthor’s story may be expanded upon in the extended cut due to be released on DVD later this year.
While Snyder has been heavily criticised in the negative reviews, we are still optimistic that the extended cut will deliver a superior film. Snyder’s extended ‘Ultimate Cut’ of Watchmen is widely regarded to be a vast improvement on the theatrical release, meaning there is still hope that BvS detractors will be converted.