Batman v Superman: Jesse Eisenberg says retroactive 'editorial choices' changed Lex Luthor's mythology

'It’s a very complicated mythology that I was able to wrap my head around while we were filming'

Jack Shepherd@JackJShepherd
Monday 18 April 2016 10:37

One of the many criticisms levied at Batman v Superman was that Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor wasn’t all that menacing, being more Silicon Valley tech-head than Superman’s arch nemesis.

Eisenberg has remained seemingly insulated from the negative reviews, having previously said he doesn’t read reviews of his films (unlike a certain sad Ben Affleck). However, although he hasn't seen the final film, the actor has hinted 'retroactive' editing was to blame for some of his character's pursuits not making sense.

“It’s a very complicated mythology that I was able to wrap my head around while we were filming,” he told MTV. “But I think there were certain editorial choices that I was not aware of that they put in retroactively.”

Retroactive editorial choices? Eisenberg is likely referencing the hours of footage cut from the final film, with Batman v Superman’s editor having recently revealed that the original cut was over four hours long.

Likely, Lex Luthor’s role in the film will be expanded upon in Zack Snyder’s extended cut, expected to be released on DVD later this year. Much like how his cut of Watchmen expanded on many character threads hopefully his BvS cut will flesh out Luthor.

Meanwhile, the film has just crossed $825 at the global box office. JK Simmons also spoke about his role in Justice League as Commissioner Gordon.

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