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Jesse Eisenberg Says Comic-Con Is Genocide

Posted By: Matt McGloin
Tue, 07/14/2015 - 16:15


Update: Eisenberg clarified his statement (see below).

Jesse Eisenberg attended this past weekend's Comic-Con as part of the Batman Vs. Superman panel and autograph session where it seems Zack Snyder's choice of Lex Luthor found the SDCC a bit overwhelming.

"It is like being screamed at by thousands of people," Eisenberg said, reports Yahoo. "I don't know what the experience is throughout history, probably some kind of genocide. I can't think of anything that's equivalent."

It probably should be noted that Eisenberg is more of an eccentric - than say a Stephen Amell - and doesn't seem the type to bask in the limelight.

Regarding his character, Lex Luthor, Eisenberg offered at the Batman Vs. Superman panel:

"My character has been in obviously other movies. You know there is always a campy element to the character. I think there is probably real emotional groundedness to this version of it. I attribute that to the writer, Chris Terrio, is excellent... that is just such a phenomenal writer... gives every character in this movie real emotional core even though the situations are so heightened and theatrical."

Eisenberg clarified his "genocide" statement later during the day with the press:

“Maybe on some cellular memory level, that’s the only thing that seems like an equivalent social experience,” he told AP. “Even if they’re saying nice things, just being shouted at by thousands of people, it’s horrifying.

“I of course was using hyperbole to describe the sensory overload I experienced. I sometimes do employ that,” Eisenberg added in a later interview. “I’m a normal person who has normal sensory experiences, so Comic-Con was very overwhelming for me. That said, it was really an honor to be on that end of such jubilation.” 

"Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" has a March 25, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter and Tao Okamoto in new character roles for the film. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well.


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 Vs. Superman Comic-Con Trailer: