More praise from Jesse Eisenberg on Chris Terrio’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice script. In a new interview with Observer, Eisenberg said that Lex Luthor is the best role he’s ever been given.
“A lot of great actors are doing comic book adaptations,” he said, spreading jam, a touch defensively. (Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter and Laurence Fishburne are in Batman v Superman). “But that’s because those movies have become so good.”
Though the film is top-secret, apparently Mr. Eisenberg feels safe enough to disclose a few things about his debut: “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.”
That’s a bold claim! After all, he was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network. Eisenberg went on to explain why Luthor is the best role he’s ever had:
“It’s because the opportunity to do an interesting character on a movie of that scale is incredibly rare… The character is written by the phenomenal writer [and Argo Oscar winner] Chris Terrio. His background is not in comic books so he was coming at it from emotion and story and created this really wonderful character, as enigmatic as he is emotionally honest.”
Eisenberg continued praising Terrio’s work later on in the interview:
“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.”
Earlier this week we learned that Chris Terrio coming on to rewrite David Goyer’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice script was the main reason why Ben Affleck signed on to play Batman.