Many are concerned about the portrayal of Lex Luthor in the upcoming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”. They have been since the day he was announced and you can easily see why also. When one thinks of Lex Luthor, they think of a bald imposing figure. Eisenberg is known for being short and stammering. However when he was first cast, it was worth noting how he did play Mark Zuckerberg in “The Social Network” where he still had his unique quirks, he was pretty much a villain in that movie.
Things went dark as the movie filmed throughout 2014. The few paparazzi shots of Eisenberg were always of him with his head covered up. However many could see that he did have hair. This is not unique to this live action portrayal bout Lex Luthor. Gene Hackman as Lex Luthor in the Christopher Reeves films was rarely shown as being bald except for a few key moments. John Shea was also rarely shown as being bald in “The Adventures of Lois & Clark”.
That all changed in 2015 when images began to be officially released for the film, specifically from director Zack Snyder. He released this first official image of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor.
This is when I officially became sold on Eisenberg as Luthor.
More and more images were released of Eisenberg as the character but these featured him with long hair. It became evident that he was either wearing a wig or would lose his hair in the film. During the San Diego Comic Con of 2015, the first full length trailer of “Batman v. Superman” was released and while a fairly serious tone throughout, Eisenberg as Luthor stuck out with his infamous line of “The red capes are coming” as he was very jovial and many took issue with it.
Then later in the year, a second trailer was released which featured much more of Eisenberg as Luthor and there was something odd to say the least about his portrayal within it. He was manic and jovial and seemed like he belonged in a different movie. The hatred for his portrayal began in full swing were calling for blood with his portray despite the movie not even being out.
Beginning to look at it, why would the director of the film release such an intense looking picture of the character when the way he comes off in the trailers show him as being the opposite. Clearly there was much of the character that has yet to be seen. He is being heralded as the villain of the piece, the one who pits the two characters against one another. So it is becoming much more of a wait and see approach to the portrayal of the character but I have no doubt in my mind that Eisenberg will disappoint in any way.