Jesse Eisenberg in Talks to Bring Lex Luthor to 'Suicide Squad'

Friday, 24 October 2014 13:11 Written by  iamrogue
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Jesse Eisenberg in Talks to Bring Lex Luthor to 'Suicide Squad'

Superman's archnemesis may very well be part of David Ayer's "Dirty Dozen with supervillains."

Jesse Eisenberg is reportedly in talks to join Suicide Squad as Lex Luthor, who will be introduced in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

As per the six-year master plan Warner Bros. announced for its DC Comics properties last week, Suicide Squad is set to follow Batman v Superman by about four months.  Zack Snyder's Dawn of Justice sets up a greater DC universe in theaters on March 25, 2016, but up until now it hasn't actually been clear if Suicide Squad, due on August 5, 2016, will take place in that shared continuity.

Apparently the connection will be quite clear, because Deadline reports that discussions between Eisenberg and Warner Bros. are taking place.

Suicide Squad has yet to lock down a single castmember, but the studio is aggressively courting Will Smith, Margot Robbie, and Tom Hardy, all of whom are said to be this close to committing to star. Obviously, Smith would bring a whole lot of movie star cachet to Suicide Squad

Eisenberg could bring something even more critical, clearly announcing the movie as part of the Snyderverse Warners is so bullish on building over the next several years.  Lex Luthor will be the only real heavy hitter of an established villain, since Supes snapped Zod's neck (spoiler) in Man of Steel.  And if audiences grok to Eisenberg's take on the iconic bad guy, then Suicide Squad can only benefit from the Oscar-nominated actor's participation.

That doesn't mean it's guaranteed to happen. 

Eisenberg's pretty busy for the foreseeable future, as he's set to return for Now You See Me 2 and star in Todd Phillips's Arms and the Dudes, shooting on which coincides pretty closely with Suicide Squad.

Luthor has never been a part of the comic book team, but he would fit in quite nicely.  Suicide Squad, occasionally known as Task Force X, is a team of a convicted supervillains given a shot at redemption by participating in dangerous top-secret missions that are extremely likely to get them all killed.

“I can say that it’s a Dirty Dozen with supervillains," writer-director David Ayer said just this week. "Then I can ask the question, ‘Does a movie really need good guys?’”

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