On January 31, Warner Bros. Pictures has announced two significant additions to the cast of the Zack Snyder-helmed Man Of Steel sequel, a.k.a. that still-untitled one where Superman gets to work with Batman for the first time.
The Social Network star Jesse Eisenberg is on board to play Superman’s canon nemesis, the characteristically chrome-domed Lex Luthor. Not sure if the screenwriters for this installment would go for the
mad scientist twisted scientific genius route or the corrupt corporate exec one. In fairness, though, I was expecting Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston to be cast as Ol’ Baldy (then again, who would have thought that a actor who used to headline comedies can pull off the Bat-suit with aplomb?) Then again, the comics’ Lex Luthor has always been a balanced mix of Machiavellian crafty and Large Ham; even then, I was put off with Kevin Spacey’s overt scenery-chewing in Superman Returns.
They already round out a main cast that includes Henry Cavill‘s Superman, Ben Affleck‘s Batman and – in a similarly shocking choice a month or two back – Israeli supermodel/actress Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6) as Diana Prince/Wonder Woman. Just several weeks back, Gadot’s involvement with the DC Cinematic Universe was expanded to include a possible solo outing for Wonder-Gal. The much-anticipated Batman-Superman team-up is set to open worldwide on May 6, 2016.