The highly anticipated sequel to “Man of Steel” has added two big names to the roles of two very renowned and iconic characters in the DC Universe. One is one of the most recognizable and sinister villains in comic lore, the other is one of the most trusted and reliable characters in the world of the DC Universe.
Academy Award nominee Jesse Eisenberg has signed on to play Superman’s arch-nemesis, Lex Luthor. Lex Luthor is the highly intelligent, wealthy and power-mad corporate businessman, obsessed with the idea of killing Superman. Over the years where Superman has been on film, the role of Lex Luthor has been filled by Academy Award winners Gene Hackman, during the Christopher Reeve era, and Kevin Spacey, in “Superman Returns.” Eisenberg will face off against Henry Cavill’s Superman.
Bruce Wayne’s butler, ally and lifelong friend Alfred Pennyworth has also been added to the story and he will be portrayed by Academy Award winner Jeremy Irons. In the Batman mythology, Alfred has been the caretaker of Bruce Wayne since the death of his parents and Wayne’s ally in his crusade to protect Gotham from danger as Batman. The role of Alfred has been played by such notables including Alan Napier, Michael Gough and Academy Award winner Michael Caine. Irons will be assisting Ben Affleck’s Bruce Wayne.
The untitled “Superman-Batman” project, directed by Zack Snyder, based on story ideas from David S. Goyer and Snyder, and written by Chris Terrio is scheduled for release in May 2016. The film also stars Amy Adams, Lawrence Fishburne, Diane Lane and Gal Gadot.