Zack Snyder Unveils Surprising Almost-Cast for Lex Luthor Role: “He Was Really Smart About the Character”

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Zack Snyder’s DCEU garnered praise for its boldness, but it also faced criticism, particularly for casting choices and deviations from source material.

Regarding casting, Snyder’s interpretation of live-action adaptations introduced one of the least favored portrayals of Lex Luthor in history, played by Jesse Eisenberg. This isn’t a criticism of Eisenberg himself, but rather a reflection on how he may not have been the best fit for the role.

Luthor was frequently mentioned in ‘Man of Steel,’ but his initial on-screen appearance came in ‘Batman v Superman.’ Despite widespread disappointment with his portrayal, he made appearances in the post-credits scenes of ‘Justice League’ and Snyder’s Cut.

Years later, Snyder disclosed that he had extensive discussions with a notable actor about the Luthor role. He made this revelation during the Happy Sad Confused podcast while promoting his latest movie ‘Rebel Moon.’

Snyder disclosed that he had a meeting with Leonardo DiCaprio about the role, during which DiCaprio demonstrated a deep understanding of the character. Additionally, Snyder revealed that it was DiCaprio who proposed the idea of Superman facing off against the Justice League at some point.

I think DiCaprio, had a lot of great ideas actually just in the meeting. I think in the end he was like “you know, I don’t know.” But, he was really smart about the material and really smart about the character. I think he was the one who mentioned to me the idea…about Superman fighting the Justice League at some point. I was like “that’s cool.”

Snyder also mentioned that DiCaprio is a big fan of comics.

Despite DiCaprio’s lack of interest in the casting, Snyder appreciated the valuable ideas he contributed. What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments below!

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