Warner Bros. Wants Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in 'Suicide Squad'

October 24, 2014
Source: Deadline

Lex Luthor / Jesse Eisenberg

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.

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It would be hilarious if Warner Brothers announced this huge slate but forgot to sign all their actors to huge multiple film deals.

Christopher Roberts on Oct 24, 2014


What next? Solo movies for Nightwing, Supergirl, Catwoman remake, Martian Manhunter, Booster Gold, it's not the end of the world, slow down WB...

qweqwu on Oct 24, 2014


it's absolute awesome that David Ayer is directing this movie.... But sabotage did suck by the way!

Avi on Oct 24, 2014


Agreed. Had to turn it off it was so bad.

mooreworthy on Oct 24, 2014


Lex Luthor as the boss as opposed to Waller would make sense. Argus hasn't, and by the looks of it wont, be established at all in the DC cinematic universe. Having Luthor create the team as a character who will be established in Supes vs Bats makes a lot of sense.

adam lamonica on Oct 24, 2014


I would be 100% up for this, I really hope they drive up the connectivity between these films.

Chris Groves on Oct 24, 2014


Sweet. Eisenberg getting into the universe heavy-like

DAVIDPD on Oct 25, 2014


I think that launching the Suicide Squad so soon is a mistake for WB. To me it feels like their version of GoG, and look how much time Marvel took before launching that. Not only that but the name my throw off some people.

Ricardo_PT on Oct 25, 2014


Yeah, but if the leads are all A-listers like Will Smith, Tom Hardy, and others...then the movie will be a much easier sell. Especially since Eisenberg/Luthor might be returning from BvS...which will likely gross well over a billion worldwide.

Chris Groves on Oct 25, 2014

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