Why It's Early to Worry about Batman VS. Superman
Written by Steven Panzarella(@ProCreateSteve)
Batman vs. Superman or "The Yet to Be Titled Man of Steel Sequel" whatever we are going to calling it continues to frustrate fans. We had dreams of other actors, Bryan Cranston, Mark Strong, and a number of others taking a stab at the key role of Lex Luthor. The Cranston rumors were MUCH stronger than any actual casting news; as far as we know Cranston never even read a script or talked to anyone about the role. So maybe our excitement got the best of us or maybe our dreams were much larger than our reality but either way Jesse Eisenberg is the reality. The Oscar nominated, Social Network star is the lead villain and while we all wanted a slam dunk "I LOVE IT" casting we didn't get that so here’s the deal.
My solution is simple: wait, relax, take a few deep breaths, and remember this… the past 6 or 7 years we have gotten more out of the superhero genre then we ever could have imagined. We had an EPIC three part Batman series for DC fans, so many Marvel films (if that's your thing) and we have seen billions of dollars flow through a genre that brought us the good, and the not so good from films like Daredevil, The Green Lantern and Spider-Man 3. Do you think Warner Brothers, Legendary pictures and DC don't know what's at stake? In your wildest dreams do you believe that they would bring on Oscar winning/Oscar nominated talent without knowing how huge this movie has to be? Remember Oscar winning screen writer Chris Terrio (Argo)? He's polishing the script, a script from David S. Goyer (The guy who helped write The Dark Knight franchise). There are many reasons to get excited about this movie without going straight to disappointment.
We can't forget the fact that we far too often make predictions and then feel stupid years later when we look back at it. How about the guys that thought the internet would fail? More relevant how about the people that knocked Christopher Nolan for casting Heath Ledger as The Joker!? In a world before we were tweeting awful things about people, a few took to message boards to moan about the future Oscar winning actor calling it "The worst casting of all time". How on earth do we know this movie is going to fail? It might but we don't even know what it's going to look like yet! We don't have a clue and we won't for a while. Remember that Jesse Eisenberg is an Oscar nominated actor, who played a stubborn, prickish, billionaire in The Social Network. While some will argue that Lex and Eisenberg's Mark Zuckerberg are not alike (They are right) it does make some sense that it would be the reasoning behind the casting of Eisenberg. While Zuckerberg is not a villain destined for world domination...if you take Eisenberg and turn the menace, the charisma, and the sarcasm dials up to 11 you may just find Lex Luthor. Lex is a charismatic, strong willed bastard whoms plans for world domination is only rivaled by his hatred for Superman. There is no evidence that says Eisenberg can or cannot do the role. Nothing he has done is like this but I like to believe taking some swings at it from the perspective of a recently nominated actor he can find that strike zone and shock us all.
I get the complaints "he doesn't look the part", "he's not charismatic enough" "he doesn't have the physical presence". Those complaints all make sense; they are logical reasons for doubting a casting choice. Just don't tell me you know anything for a fact, especially when it comes to what has become the biggest box office genre. When that much money is on the table, when you have 10 years of major motion pictures hanging in the balance nothing is certain. I don’t know how good this movie is going to be, and I am not predicting that this movie is set to be a smash success. But I also don’t feel the dread that the internet and DC fans are feeling. It’s the same dread that Bond fans felt about Daniel Craig, similar feelings to what DC fans felt about Heath Ledger or Christian Bale. You are worried, I get it, so let’s talk about it reasonably, let us talk about it one year from today. Better idea let’s talk about it two years from today by then we will have trailers, posters, magazine covers, first look articles, and an actual clue. If by May 17th you don’t like what you see, then take to the streets! Lord knows you will at least send one ugly tweet but SEE the movie then judge it. I don’t know if whatever it’s called is going to be good, but I do know that Heath Ledger made an amazing Joker, Daniel Craig is a fantastic bond (in my opinion), and my internet works just fine.
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