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Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is not joking around. The actor told MTV News that his take on the iconic villain in the upcoming Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice “has an emotional core to the character. It’s not [some] silly, villainous character.”

Eisenberg credited writer Chris Terrio (Argo) with building a character with clear motivation and justification for his actions. “He loves my character in the same way that I love my character,” said the actor, who was being interviewed for his role in The End of the Tour. “There’s some more psychological accuracy that the person is coming from a place that is probably diagonosable in some ways.”

Eisenberg went on to say that his take on one of DC Comics’ most recognizable bad guys is one that is “an entirely different thing” from the way Gene Hackman portrayed Luthor in Richard Donner’s Superman. “The tone of that movie is so different,” he said, referring to the more cartoonish 1978 blockbuster. “That movie wouldn’t be made like that now.”

Credit: Clay Enos
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
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