Jesse Eisenberg Thinks ‘Batman Vs. Superman’ About Absolute Power Corrupting Absolutely
‘Lex Luthor’ and ‘Alfred Pennyworth’ have offered an inside look into the upcoming superhero showdown movie, “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice.” It is not all fisticuffs and things going boom in the film, apparently, with both actors mentioning the sophisticated, nuanced angle the movie takes into the genre of superheroes. Read on for more details.
Eisenberg plays the power crazy, megalomaniac (but strangely not bald) Lex Luthor in 2016’s “Batman Vs. Superman:Dawn of Justice.” But to him, Superman is the crazy one, and the latest DC film is going to explore the consequences of absolute power corrupting absolutely. In Eisenberg’s own words, (via Observer)
“[It raises the question] how can one man—Superman—have so much power? These are the kind of things that we talk about when we think about authoritarian states, when we talk about Vladimir Putin having a strong foothold in Eastern Europe. They’re addressing geopolitics in this movie and not in a way that’s pretentious or esoteric”
This is not, incidentally, the first time Superman has been compared to a Russian autocrat. In the spinoff DC comic “Red Son”, the baby from Krypton crashes into the USSR, and grows up to be the ruler of the Soviets. A possible inspiration for the movie, perhaps.
Eisenberg also said that the Luthor in the movies is going to have a different background from the Luthor in the comics. Yeah, well that and more hair.
Eisenberg, as Ben Affleck before him, also writer Chris Terrio (“Argo”), and said that his involvement was instrumental in him working at the movie.
In the meantime, Jeremy “Alfred” Irons is preparing to play the butler the way it has never been done before. A polar opposite to Michael Caine’s kindly old father figure, expect the new Alfred to kick ass and take names (mostly Master Bruce’s name, but still).
“Zack Snyder, the director, wanted to create a completely different Alfred…. I had a feeling I was creating my own Alfred, more of a man who can actually do anything if he has to.” said Irons, while speaking with the Toronto Sun.
We will find out when “Batman Vs. Superman” opens on Mar. 23, 2016.
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