Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor remains a rather divisive issue for many DC fans, but we’ve been granted a further insight into the character’s mindset from the actor himself.
“It was written in a way I would say dovetails with my skills, it was written with a real psychological underpinning, it was written with a kind of humor that I knew I could do. And with a dramatic intensity that I enjoy,” Eisenberg said.
Snyder added: “Just from a pop-cultural viewpoint you can’t pretend the movie doesn’t exist. Because he has played Mark Zuckerberg, Jesse represents a very contemporary sort of business model. In the sort of post-dotcom world where fortunes can be made from your basement, it is not hard to image Jesse-as-Lex being as powerful as he is.”
“Lex feels like a totally new and unusual person.”
According to Eisenberg, Luthor is full of rage in the film and will be a force to be reckoned with: “He uses wordplay and very clever allusions to other stories and myths, but it never compromises what is scary about him… He is the guy who won’t sleep to get something done.”
Eisenberg also said that Lex’s obsession with Superman is the character’s driving force in the film: “What I think, makes the story relevant is this questioning of the value of this kind of power in the real world. So my character, who has what we would think of as modern financial success, is threatened by this guy who has power in a supernatural way. Superman is an existential threat to my character.”