DC's Animated Lex, Clancy Brown, Supports Jesse Eisenberg As Luthor
The long time voice of Lex Luthor, Clancy Brown, offers his thoughts and opinions on the new casting of Superman's archenemy with Jesse Eisenberg.
Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor for Zack Snyder in the Batman Vs. Superman movie; Clancy Brown voiced the character for the DC animated universe and has actually been Luthor the longest out of any other actors.
Talking with CBR, Clancy Brown offers the following in regards to Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor:
[Lex Luthor] just translates so well through the years. He fits really well in the '50s and he fits really well in the '60s -- he's just an American icon, I think, in the same way that Superman is an American icon. But they're different sides of the same coin. As our society evolves, the characters evolve.
I'm dying to see the new one. I think Jesse Eisenberg is a great choice. I think he's a really sharp choice, and I know a lot of people don't agree with that, but I think he could be spectacular. I liked [Michael] Rosebaum's take on it, but that was kind of a WB show. But I just love the idea that the Facebook guy is Lex Luthor. That's just perfect. [Laughs]
Well, he's a pretty specific actor. He's not a chameleon like [Gene] Hackman or [Kevin] Spacey. He has a similar smugness the way that Spacey does -- that highly-intelligent, super-smug, almost effeminate kind of smugness about him -- but he's way more current. I just watched "Now You See Me," which I thought he was terrific in. He has a really specific persona engrained that is super-smart. You don't necessarily like him, but you don't dislike him. You don't necessarily think he's a good, fun guy -- you see him as a real quirky, weird dude. You don't completely trust him, although he's kind of adorable in his nerdy way.
I think Lex has that. Lex is attractive in all the things that shouldn't be attractive -- or aren't traditionally attractive in comic books -- his intelligence and his ambition and his ego and all the rest of that. Jesse carries that really well. Plus, I hear he's a really nice guy, which helps. It's why I think it shines through, why his attractiveness shines through, because deep down he's a good guy. But he also has this kind of intellectual persona that's unsettling. It's almost reptilian, which is something I think Lex carries with him.
"Batman Vs Superman" has a newly announced May 6, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
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