Jesse Eisenberg hates how Superman has so much power
Jesse Eisenberg hasn’t been shy of his praise of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice screenwriter Chris Terrio, often pointing out how amazing the story for the film is due to Terrio’s skill. Now Eisenberg is opening up about how fortunate he is to be taking on the role of Luthor under Terrio’s crafting.
“In a lot of ways Luthor is more of a stretch than any character you would do in an independent movie, which is normally the place you stretch. So in that way it was not at all compromised. If anything it was the best, most advantageous role I’ve ever been given,” Eisenberg told the Observer. “It’s because the opportunity to do an interesting character on a movie of that scale is incredibly rare.”
Of course, Eisenberg also touched on Luthor’s view of the Man of Steel himself, Superman, and did so in obvious Lex Luthor ways.
“Now people expect the tone to be more realistic just because we live in a world where the average audience member has a sense of psychological motivations… [It raises the question] how can one man—Superman—have so much power? These are the kind of things that we talk about when we think about authoritarian states, when we talk about Vladimir Putin having a strong foothold in Eastern Europe. They’re addressing geopolitics in this movie and not in a way that’s pretentious or esoteric,” Eisenberg explained. “Terrio cleverly ties in these really exciting superhero elements with these really sophisticated, philosophical themes in a much smarter, different way. That’s what I like to do with my writing: To have these very sophisticated, philosophical debates happen on very basic levels.”
In Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice opens March 25, 2016.