Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons Join Batman vs. Superman
Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that The Social Network’s Jesse Eisenberg has been set to star as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Zack Snyder untitled Batman vs. Superman film. Snyder stated, “Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.” The director added, “It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious facade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.” Eisenberg and Irons join Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
On the heels of the worldwide success of “Man of Steel,” director Zack Snyder is bringing together the two greatest Super Heroes of all time—Batman and Superman—for the first time on the big screen. Along with its star, Henry Cavill, the upcoming film brings back Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane. Ben Affleck will don Batman’s cape and cowl, and play his alter-ego Bruce Wayne. Snyder is co-writing the story with David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, Batman Begins), who will then pen the screenplay. Production is expected to begin in 2014, with an anticipated release date in Summer 2015. Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Emma Thomas are serving as executive producers. The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, and Batman characters created by Bob Kane, published by DC Entertainment.
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