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(Cbr) In the month since Jesse Eisenberg was announced as Lex Luthor in Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder’s sequel to "Man of Steel", the "Social Network" star has faced his fair share of detractors. However, he also has some surprising sources of support — namely, two actors who previously played Superman’s arch-nemesis. Ex-Lex Kevin Spacey, who played the character in Bryan Singer’s "Superman Returns", tells Empire that Eisenberg is “a remarkable actor. He’s just going to fucking own it. I think it’s a great idea and I wish him the best with it.” "Smallville" veteran Michael Rosenbaum, meanwhile, says Eisenberg doesn’t “need any advice from me, he’ll do his homework.” “Jesse’s a good actor. He’ll do it his own way and that’s the best way,” he said. “If you can do it your way, if you succeed or fail, you succeed because you are being original. »
- Josh Wigler, Comic Book Resources
Two previous Lex Luthors have just given their blessing to the latest iteration - Jesse Eisenberg.
He tells Empire: "First of all, I think [Jesse Eisenberg] is a remarkable actor. He's just going to [frick]ing own it. I think it's a great idea and I wish him the best with it."
"First off, I think he's a really good actor. I don't think he needs any advice from me, he'll do his homework. Do it your way. I'm sure Zack [Snyder] has an idea. He cast you for reason. Jesse's a good actor. He'll do it his own way and that's the best way. »
- Garth Franklin
To call the casting for Zack Snyder’s upcoming Man of Steel sequel (unofficially titled Batman vs. Superman) controversial would be a monumental understatement. First, the studio shocked (and enraged) audiences by announcing that Ben Affleck would be donning the Batsuit this time around. Then, they chose Fast and the Furious alum Gal Gadot for the part of Wonder Woman. It wasn’t long before the actress fell victim to a slew of internet hate, which has now turned its focus towards Jesse Eisenberg due to his casting as Lex Luthor. Though The Social Network actor (along with Affleck and Gadot) may prove to be an inspired choice, for now, the majority of fans are on the fence.
In an interview with Empire, »
- James Garcia
The Mindy Project alum Tommy Dewey will star opposite Krysten Ritter in NBC’s pilot Mission Control, a Universal TV-produced comedy from executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. A workplace ensemble set in 1962, Mission Control examines what happens when a strong woman (Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut (Dewey) in the race to land on the moon. Dewey’s Tom is the newest member of Mission Control, a former test pilot who quickly bonds with the male crew and immediately bumps heads with Mary (Ritter). Dewey gets bonus points for his resemblance to the first man in space, Russian cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin (left). On Mission Control, Dewey joins recently cast Michael Rosenbaum who plays another astronaut. Dewey, who co-created Sons Of Tucson, starred in the original pilot for Fox’s Dads last season. He is with the Kohner Agency, New Wave and Myman Abel. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
TV news and notes:
- "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Gossip Girl" alum Michelle Trachtenberg has joined the CBS comedy pilot "Save the Date." She plays the no-nonsense sister of the lead character (Maggie Lawson), who drunkenly declares she's getting married and then races to make it actually happen. Julie White ("Go On") will play the sisters' mom.
- Marvel fans will get their first peek at "Avengers: Age of Ultron" during "Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe," a primetime special on ABC. The special will go behind-the-scenes on Marvel movies, as well as "Agents of Shield." In addition to the sneak peek at "Age of Ulton," there will also be clips from "Captain America: The Winter Soldier," "Guardians of the Galaxy" and future episodes of "Agents of Shield." "Marvel Studios: Assembling A Universe" airs Tuesday, March 18 at 8 p.m. Et/Pt on ABC.
- CBS' "How I Met Your Mother »
Not one, but Two former Lex Luthors recently shared their thoughts on Jesse Eisenberg playing the villain in Zack Snyder's Batman Vs Superman. When the news first broke last month many were shocked Eisenberg had been cast as Luthor, and now Superman Return's Kevin Spacey and Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum have both expressed their opinions on the controversial casting. We'll start with Kevin Spacey first, who in an interview with Empire, says Jesse Eisenberg »
- Jesse Giroux
While Michael Rosenbaum has been acting steadily for over 15 years, having played dozens of different characters, many DC fans would agree that Rosenbaum’s portrayal of Superman arch-villain Lex Luthor remains his most indelible creation. Rosenbaum played the iconic character for 7 of Smallville’s 10 seasons, spanning across both the WB and The CW networks, and even reprised the role for the long-running drama’s series finale.
To say Rosenbaum put his own stamp on the role of Luthor would be an understatement, but fans of DC’s animated universe know full well that Rosenbaum’s involvement with legendary comic characters didn’t stop there. From 2001-2006, Rosenbaum played The Flash and his ...
- Michael Kennedy
Updated: Michael Rosenbaum is set to co-star opposite Krysten Ritter in NBC pilot Mission Control, a Universal TV-produced comedy from studio-based Gary Sanchez Productions and executive producers Adam McKay and Will Ferrell. A workplace ensemble set in 1962, Mission Control examines what happens when a strong woman (Ritter) butts heads with a macho astronaut in the race to land on the moon. Rosenbaum will play Bus, a handsome, jockish, stubborn and loudly likeable Nasa astronaut. Rosenbaum, repped by Apa, Untitled and Barnes, Morris, Mark Yorn & Levin, was most recently seen in feature Back In The Day, which he wrote, produced, starred in and directed. Comedy veteran Fred Willard is set to co-star opposite Natasha Lyonne and Rita Moreno in NBC‘s single-camera comedy pilot Old Soul. Co-created/exec produced by Amy Poehler, Josh Bycel and Jonathan Fener and directed by David Wain, Old Soul centers on a reformed wild child »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum, seen by many as the Lex Luthor is doing rounds promoting his new film Back In The Day. On his way he talked to Cinekatz about his favourite role in the DC universe and Jesse Eisenberg's casting as the next Lex Luthor! Here's what he had to say: When asked which of his two characters he'd rather be, Rosenbaum went with the scarlet speedster! I would lean toward The Flash kind of guy. The guy who wants to take light of the situation, when everyone is so upset and the world is dying he’s like, “Hey everything’s going to be alright! Let’s go bowling!”. That’s always been me. That’s kind of me and I’ve always had that temperance- the ability to make things better than they are. I think that’s my gift, honestly, is to entertain. I’d »
A strong antagonist makes for the most compelling stories. Especially in the world of superpowered heroes, a villain needs to work on many different levels or the movie falls flat. Here are 10 actors who were up for the role of a hero in a movie or television series, but were ultimately cast as the villain. With the exception of two entries on this list, all of the actors auditioned and or screen-tested for their respective parts. Though they didn’t get the part they initially wanted, they got the part they deserved, and gave audiences performances to remember.
With three films as the Asgardian trickster Loki under his belt, it’s hard to imagine Tom Hiddleston as any other character in the Marvel universe. However, before donning the golden horns, the actor originally auditioned for…
- Eli Reyes
Birthday shoutouts go to Henry Rollins (above), who is 53, Stockard Channing is 70, Robbie Williams is 40, Carol Lynley is 72, and Peter Gabriel is 64. Here’s his greatest song that wasn’t featured in Say Anything.
The CW Gives Early Renewals To Arrow, The Vampire Diaries, Supernatural, The Originals and Reign. The first four were expected, but Reign is a surprise. No word on bubble shows The Tomorrow People and Carrie Diaries
How Sports Illustrated Botched The Michael Sam Story.
Mother Scrawls Antigay Declination to 7-Year-Old’s Birthday Party. I hate to say this, but the first thing I thought was “Is this another hoax?”
Some enterprising game developers from the Netherlands have created “Putin Gay Dress Up,” in which you can adorn Vlad and share your creation in a gallery and on social media. »
It's only fitting that the host of the new Nerdist News online show is a nerd herself, albeit of the "hot" variety. The quick-witted and uber-friendly Jessica Chobot is a geek gamer's dream come true and loves left-of-center TV shows, all things Wonder Woman, and is a video game junkie who's actually written her first game for PlayStation Network, coming out very soon. She happily answers six pertinent questions for ETonline...
Pics: Hollywood's Hottest Bikini Bods
Et: What Are Your Humble Beginnings?
Jessica Chobot: Well, most people know me from my one-hit wonder, my one-hit '80s single wonder of licking this PSP in a picture – and it's like one of those things where, yeah, it kind of like helps you start in the business … but at the same time, now that I’m older, I’m like, "Oh my god, how embarrassing. And of course everybody, always references it, I’m like »
The super-villain first appeared in the DC comic books in 1940 and, although the archenemy of Superman, he has also come into conflict with Batman and other superheroes in the DC Universe.
Originally depicted as a mad scientist who used his intelligence to create futuristic weapons, Lex Luthor evolved into a bald businessman and industrialist whose sky-high intelligence compensated for his lack of superpowers.
With Eisenberg stirring debate as the newest incarnation of the villain, we take a look back at the actors who've taken on Lex Luthor and ask who played him best.
Lyle Talbot (Atom Man vs Superman)
Talbot was not only the first actor to take on Lex Luthor, he was also the first live-action actor to play two »
Last week’s news that Jesse Eisenberg would be taking the role of Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s 2016 release Batman vs. Superman was inevitably met with cries of lamentation across the web, along with the usual sprinkling of those hopeful that the strange casting might just work, in the same way it did with Nolan’s Joker. To be sure, even with months of internet speculation and hundreds of names thrown into the ring including Joaquin Phoenix and Bryan Cranston, no one came close to predicting Eisenberg as a candidate for the villainous role.
While it’s certainly a strange choice, that doesn’t necessarily mean the role or the movie is automatically doomed. To paraphrase Jon Stewart’s reaction to Batfleck on The Daily Show, it’s not like Eisenberg is now Luthor in all of your comic books, too – these characters have the ability to »
- Matt Hannigan
Feature Seb Patrick 1 Feb 2014 - 22:43
It didn't take long for the jokes to start: so ingrained was Bryan Cranston as the fan's choice choice to play Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's upcoming Man Of Steel sequel, that the only possible assumption following Friday's announcement was that someone at Warner Bros had misheard Snyder's request to get "that Heisenberg guy" in. That's quite a good gag, in fairness.
That was among the more common reactions – the others being "Huh?", "What?" and "Well, at least this cuts Affleck a break for a bit" – to the news that The Social Network and Adventureland's Jesse Eisenberg, a fresh-faced, mop-haired thirty-year-old, had been cast as one of comicdom's most charismatic and enduring villains.
That the casting immediately struck the majority of onlookers »
With Batman vs. Superman being pushed back to 2016, there's been something a vacuum in terms of news regarding the much anticipated pairing. We've heard about Gal Gadot joining the cast as Wonder Woman, and we've gotten some details on the new costumer Ben Affleck will be wearing, but we still haven't heard the most important detail:
Who's going to play Lex Luthor?
There has been conversations and rumblings since the movie was first announced. Superman's arch-nemesis is a character that has decades of history in the comics and many iterations. Originally Luthor was a mad scientist. A great, malevolent mind who sought to use his intellect to defeat the Man of Steel. Over time, this version of the character was transformed into a more lethal businessman who seemed more akin to Marvel's Kingpin than the crazed scientist that first »
- Gary Collinson
From writer/director Michael Rosenbaum, Back in the Day is a raunchy comedy with heart that tells the story of Jim Owens (Rosenbaum), an aspiring actor in Hollywood who decides to go back home to Indiana for his high school reunion. Reliving the glory days with his now-married friends, he encounters an old flame (Morena Baccarin) and wonders what could have been, had he chosen a different path in life. At the film’s press day, actor/comedian Nick Swardson (who plays town local Ron Freeman) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how he got involved with this film, how much his character evolved, what he looks for in a script, and what it was like to work with Michael Rosenbaum, as a director. He also talked about his work on FX’s animated series Chozen, just how crazy the hard-r stop-motion animated film Hell & Back will be, »
- Christina Radish
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Meryl Streep making an oatmeal recipe sound sexy; Fight Club without Tyler Durden; Zelda + Scott Pilgrim; and the 8 most underappreciated films of 2013. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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Fight Club minus Tyler Durden
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- Justin Vactor
From writer/director Michael Rosenbaum, Back in the Day is a raunchy comedy with heart that tells the story of Jim Owens (Rosenbaum), an aspiring actor in Hollywood who decides to go back home to Indiana for his high school reunion. Reliving the glory days with his now-married friends, he encounters an old flame (Morena Baccarin) and wonders what could have been, had he chosen a different path in life. At the film’s press day, actor/filmmaker Michael Rosenbaum spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what started him down the road for this film, how directing an episode of Smallville was a great trial run, having to write for your budget, how he got this great cast together, how much improvisation they did, keeping track of his own performance while he was directing, changing the ending, editing the film down from a two hours and 20 minute assembly cut, »
- Christina Radish
Michael Rosenbaum is known for a variety of different film and television projects ranging from Urban Legend to Justice League Unlimited. However the brilliant actor is most frequently associated with the Superman origin series Smallville, where he played the hero’s future arch-nemesis Lex Luthor for seven years before leaving to pursue other projects. Rosenbaum did however make a fan-pleasing return in the shows final episode that aired in May 2011 after it finished its decade long run.
Whilst promoting his feature length directorial debut Back In The Day, Rosenbaum was asked whether he would consider reprising his role as Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman Vs Superman if Warner Bros. were to call him. You can read his response below:
‘The fans have been unbelievable. They’ve tweeted me, I’ve tweeted back…I’ve been to conventions and they always ask me, “Would you do it?” And I’m not an idiot, »
- Ben Read
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