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Jesse Eisenberg, star of The Social Network and the animated Rio franchise, landed the coveted Lex Luthor role in Zack Snyder.s Batman vs. Superman (or whatever they end up calling it). Some complained. Most sided with our own Eric, who called Eisenberg the "perfect" choice to play the villainous part. Now wait until you hear who you almost got in the role. In a THR column explaining why Warner went younger with Lex, Borys Kit and Tatiana Siegel confirm earlier reports that Adam Driver (of Girls) and Joaquin Phoenix had been in the mix for the Luthor role. Driver, who we initially thought was up for Nightwing, had a conflict that kept him out of Snyder.s movie, while Phoenix . according to THR . simply passed. Meanwhile, at one point, THR says the studio thought about going with a veteran actor to play Luthor, and the name on the studio »

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