Warner Bros. Wants Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in 'Suicide Squad'
When Warner Bros. Pictures and DC Entertainment announced their full slate of films planned for release from now through 2020, many were surprised to see that the next film to follow Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice would be Suicide Squad. The film is set for release on August 5th, 2016 and while we've heard that Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie may end up starring in the film, there's another interesting casting move the studio wants to make. Deadline reports Warner Bros. is in talks to have Jesse Eisenberg reprise his Batman v. Superman role as villain Lex Luthor in the film. Read on!
David Ayer is directing the film about a team of imprisoned super-villains who perform high-risk missions for the U.S. Government in exchange for commuted sentences. The team's actions are highly classified, and the government is able to deny any involvement by claiming that they are not responsible for the damages of a random super-villain attack. Ayer has described the film as The Dirty Dozen with super villains, and that sounds fun as hell. However, we're not entirely sure how someone like Lex Luthor could come into play.
Looking at the history of Suicide Squad in the comic books, he's never been part of the team. However, he has been put in charge of them when he was President of the United States. Now we're pretty sure Luthor won't be president in the DC Comics cinematic universe, but that doesn't mean he couldn't round up a team to carry out some missions for him. In fact, it would make perfect sense if Luthor hires the team, making it look like he's using them to do good for the world, when really he's setting the team up to take the fall for something devious he has planned.
However, there might be a bit of a snag when it comes to scheduling because Eisenberg is supposed to star in Todd Phillips' next film Arms and the Dudes with Shia LaBeouf, and there's no way he'll be able to do both. There's also been development progress on Zombieland 2, and as one of the leads in the first film, it's likely that Eisenberg would play a pivotal role in the sequel. At this point, it seems like his role as Lex Luthor would take priority, but if Eisenberg is in talks for the film, does that mean he wasn't already signed on for multiple movies? That doesn't make much sense. Anyway, stay tuned to see what happens.