Late last week it was announced that Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons was cast as Alfred Pennyworth, in the Man of Steel sequel set to release May 6, 2016. Now, surely we must put in our two cents worth. What does this mean for the DC Cinematic Universe?
Warner Bros. announced late last week two new additions to the Man of Steel 2 cast: Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth. What does this tell us about plans for future DC films and Man of Steel 2.
- Finally, a universe where not all the characters have matured. Jesse Eisenberg is 30 years old and looks younger than that. Every DC film has brought us to believe that villains have hit their prime and all that can come of them is downfall. In Man of Steel 2 we might actually get to see a Lex Luthor who's just beginning to come into his own as a billionaire corporate owner and a villain. It will be exciting to watch different dynamics of a beloved villain.
- This also somewhat confirms the fact that Jesse Eisenberg won't be featured heavily in Man of Steel 2. Lex Luthor is Superman's arch-nemesis. With a film roster so packed, it would be a disservice for Eisenberg to play the main villain this time around. Rumors have it that Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor are buddies (in a corporate sense). They know each other and work together. With a strange alien creature like Kal-El (a.k.a Superman) landing on Earth, it would make sense for Wayne and Luthor to team up and fight this unknown entity. But. . .
- Snyder and Co. have something up their sleeves for Luthor. Man of Steel 2 could just be the beginning of Luthor's evil deeds and the character might flow over to the Justice League film as an even greater threat.
- Will Alfred see some action? Michael Caine and Michael Gough were too old to handle any major stunts with both actors being roughly 72 years old during production of their first Batman films. Jeremy Irons might be on their tails, but is still a healthy 65 years old. Could Man of Steel 2 place Alfred on the front lines of the action? Wouldn't that be something to watch. Alfred Pennyworth has helped Batman out many times in the past, using his military background to fight off enemies and Jeremy Irons is certainly a great pick as the Caped Crusader's butler.
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