Warner Bros has just now announced that the poor man/rich man’s Michael Cera depending on how you look at it Jesse Eisenberg (The Social Network, Zombieland) will externalise the smarmy douche-bag vibes seen previously in roles such as himself and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as megalomaniacal Superman villain Lex Luther. While craggy faced British actor Jeremy Irons (Die Hard With A Vengeance, The Man In The Iron Mask) will play Master Wayne manservant and fatherly fountain of useful life advice, Alfred.
Unfortunately for Irons and Eisenberg, both roles have been indelibly affixed to the collective pop culture psyche by other men, Lex Luther by Gene Hackman in 1978’s Superman: The Movie, and Alfred by Sir Michael Caine in Christopher Nolan’s blockbuster Dark Knight trilogy. You have to wonder if they’re up for it.
The as yet untitled film is set to open May 6, 2016.