While attending the 28th Sarajevo Film Festival, Jesse Eisenberg spoke about playing the role of Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman where he says he would be open to returning to the role.
Eisenberg first told the crowd about his response to reactions to him playing Lex Luthor in the DCEU.
“I felt very personal about it.The writer, Chris Terrio, is a very serious writer, and he’s a very emotional person. He thought a lot about my character, and I thought a lot about my character too. I talked with my acting coach about the character a lot, about his backstory with his father and his emotional life—and then people hate me.”
Jesse Eisenberg returning to Lex Luthor role “would be a pleasant shock”
Deadline caught up with Eisenberg at the event where he noted he wouldn’t rule out a return to the DC universe or even the Marvel Cinematic Universe if asked.
“I’d be shocked if I wound up in a DC movie, but it would be a pleasant shock. Listen, I’m not a comic book fan. To me, it was not playing a role that I’d envisioned since childhood. To me, it was a chance to play this great character that this great writer wrote, and I loved doing that. So, to play it is a joy, and to not play it isn’t something that I’m going to be ashamed to tell my kids about, because that is not an important genre in my life, even though I loved doing that movie.” So he would still do a superhero movie? “Yeah. Because as an actor, you do all kinds of different things, and sometimes great roles show up in really commercial things and sometimes terrible roles show up in independent films.”
Eisenberg also showed up in the Justice League post-credit where he has a chat with Joe Manganiello’s Deathstroke telling him he can help him with Batman as his real name is Bruce Wayne, and it’s thought the scene was setting up the Injustice League, a team of DC villains that would have been featured in sequels.
The plan was also to have Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke be the villain of Ben Affleck’s Batman movie, but all that has since been scrapped.