Jesse Eisenberg et Jeremy Irons dans BATMAN VS SUPERMAN
L’un jouera un célèbre bad guy tandis que l’autre sera un allié du Justicier de Gotham.
C’est par voie de communiqué que Warner Bros a annoncé que Jesse Eisenberg incarnerait Lex Luthor dans BATMAN VS SUPERMAN et que Jeremy Irons serait quant à lui Alfred, le majordome de Bruce Wayne. « Lex Luthor est souvent considéré comme le plus célèbre rival de Superman, a déclaré Zack Snyder. Lex dépasse les stéréotypes du vilain : c’est un personnage compliqué et sophistiqué dont l’intellect, la richesse et le pouvoir le positionnent comme l’un des rares mortels à pouvoir défier Superman. Avoir Jesse dans ce rôle nous permet d’explorer cette intéressante dynamique, et mener le personnage dans de nouvelles directions. » Si aucun acteur n’avait été attaché par la rumeur au rôle d’Alfred, de nombreux l’avaient été pour celui de Luthor. Outre les inévitables acteurs chauves – Mark Strong, Terry O’Quinn, Bryan Cranston –, la rumeur la plus sérieuse avait été celle concernant Joaquin Phoenix. Avec Jesse Eisenberg, Snyder part donc dans une toute autre voie, en embauchant un comédien bien plus jeune. Rappelons que BATMAN VS SUPERMAN se tournera au printemps pour une date de sortie prévue pour mai 2016. Henry Cavill y reprendra son rôle de Superman. Ben Affleck campera Batman. Le pitch reste pour le moment tenu secret.
Ci-dessous, le communiqué de Warner, en anglais :
Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that Jesse Eisenberg has been set to star as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred in the upcoming Zack Snyder untitled Superman/Batman film. The dual announcement was made today by Greg Silverman, President, Creative Development and Worldwide Production, and Sue Kroll, President, Worldwide Marketing and International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
Snyder stated, “Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940. What’s great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He’s a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows us to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions.”
The director added, “As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne’s most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne.”
Eisenberg received Academy Award®,Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award® and BAFTA Award nominations for his starring role as Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher’s “The Social Network.” He also starred in Woody Allen’s “To Rome with Love” and Louis Letterier’s “Now You See Me.” He next appears in “The Double” and “NightMoves.”
Irons won the Academy Award® for his portrayal of Claus von Bülow in “Reversal of Fortune.” His work in the film also garnered him a Golden Globe Award. He won an Emmy Award and a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award® for his performance in the TV miniseries “Elizabeth I,” opposite Helen Mirren, and recently starred on the small screen as Rodrigo Borgia in Neil Jordan’s highly acclaimed Showtime series “The Borgias,” for which Irons earned a Golden Globe nomination. He was recently nominated for a SAG Award®for the PBS Great Performances television miniseries “The Hollow Crown,” for his performance as Henry IV.
Snyder’s film stars Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent, Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince. The film also reunites “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane.
The new film is currently being written by Chris Terrio, from a screenplay by David S. Goyer. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan, Wesley Coller, David S. Goyer and Geoff Johns serving as executive producers.
The film is set to open worldwide on May 6, 2016, and is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel &Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, appearing in comic books published by DC Entertainment.