Lex Luthor Was the Best Thing in ‘Dawn of Justice’

. . . and Jesse Eisenberg was the worst.

The decision to cast Eisenberg was questionable, but I was willing to believe that he could pull off “calculating businessman.” That is, until I saw the trailer for “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” That worried me. Then I saw the movie and my fears were confirmed. Eisenberg was cast to play Eisenberg, not Lex Luthor.

And the sad part is that Luthor’s lines were very well written. The Luthor that was written is cold and calculating. He is just personable enough to be non-threatening to the public, yet ruthless enough to be threatening to everyone else (including the audience). He was a brilliant man with a one-track mind, exactly as I’ve come to expect from the character.

Michael Rosenbaum, Mark Rolston, Clancy Brown
What a good Lex Luthor looks like.

Had Michael Rosenbaum, Mark Rolston, or Clancy Brown been playing the character (lines unaltered), it would have been a treat to watch. But Eisenberg’s natural childlike “charm” and the director’s decision to indulge in said charm do not play well; not as this character, or in this particular film as a whole.

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There are plenty of things that ‘Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice’ does wrong, but it did plenty right, too. What I took away from this film is that the script had a lot of potential. It’s the acting and directing that dropped the ball. But let’s face it; we were expecting those to be a problem.

What did you think? Was this a fun time, or was it a complete train wreck?

All opinions are that of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Deck Ape...or anyone else. Arrr!

Michael Allan

Michael is an Independent Author, known best for his debut novel "The Brothers of Blue Fire". He is also head of the Graphic Design group "Full Circle Endeavors", which provides book covers for Independent Authors at reasonable prices. And, of course, he blogs about the subjects.

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