It’s gritty, it’s dark.

After getting our first look at “Game of Thrones” star Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Entertainment Weekly also gave us a first glimpse of Jesse Eisenberg as Superman’s archenemy, Lex Luthor.

We can’t say for sure, but Luthor may have already been thrown into the jail in the upcoming DC Comic superhero film, “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice“. I mean, don’t you think this looks like a mugshot?

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Jesse Eisenberg

You see, Luthor is a wealthy and power-hungry business magnate with incredible technological prowess in the DC Universe. Though his goals typically centre on killing Superman, he carefully crafted his public persona in order to avoid suspicion and arrest. He is also well known for his philanthropy, donating millions of dollars to Metropolis over the years, funding parks, foundations, and charities. Given his high status and power as a supervillain, he is always seen wearing suits in the comic books.

However, our first look at Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor showed us something else. He’s still got the menacing look, but it seems like he’s wearing prison clothes.

Director Zack Snyder is known for muting every colour of his films with just the right amount of tease. He may have muted the colour of the picture, but the shirt Eisenberg’s wearing bears a striking resemblance to the bright orange jumpsuit.

Regarding Eisenberg’s role, Snyder told EW that “he’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen”.

He explained:

Other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course.

There’s no official plot for the film yet, which is why we can’t be sure if there’s a much bigger threat than Luthor. Snyder did not share much details about Luthor, but he did mention that Luthor is an intelligent being who may have been given way too much of his plan.

He added:

Our Lex is disarming and he’s not fake. He says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it’s all there.

This should be easy for Eisenberg, who previously portrayed an equally intelligent millionaire in “The Social Network”.

Batman Superman Dawn of Justice

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” is slated for release on 25th March 2016.

The Zack Snyder-directed action adventure stars Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Diane Lane, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, and Scoot McNairy.

This film marks the beginning of the DC Cinematic Universe after Warner Bros revealed that there are 10 DC films currently in development.

The full movie slate is as follows:

  • Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25, 2016
  • Suicide Squad – August 5, 2016
  • Wonder Woman – June 23, 2017
  • Justice League Part One – November 17, 2017
  • The Flash – March 23, 2018
  • Aquaman – July 27, 2018
  • Shazam – April 5, 2019
  • Justice League Part Two – June 14, 2019
  • Cyborg – April 3, 2020
  • Green Lantern – June 19, 2020

What do you think of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor? Are you excited or what? Feel free to discuss that in the comments box below.

(Source: EW)

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