Jesse Eisenberg Is Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons As Alfred in 'Batman vs. Superman'

Bryan Cranston can stop shaving his head and the rumor mill can finally take a rest because Warner Bros. has chosen its Lex Luthor.

Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Luthor in Zack Snyder's still untitled Batman/Superman superhero mash-up sequel.

"Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman's rivals, his unsavory reputation preceding him since 1940," Snyder said. "What's great about Lex is that he exists beyond the confines of the stereotypical nefarious villain. He's a complicated and sophisticated character whose intellect, wealth and prominence position him as one of the few mortals able to challenge the incredible might of Superman. Having Jesse in the role allows up to explore that interesting dynamic, and also take the character in some new and unexpected directions."

If you thought Eisenberg as Luthor was a surprising casting choice, Warner Bros. also announced that Jeremy Irons will play Bruce Wayne's butler Alfred Pennyworth.

"As everyone knows, Alfred is Bruce Wayne's most trusted friend, ally and mentor, a noble guardian and father figure. He is an absolutely critical element in the intricate infrastructure that allows Bruce Wayne to transform himself into Batman. It is an honor to have such an amazingly seasoned and gifted actor as Jeremy taking on the important role of the man who mentors and guides the guarded and nearly impervious façade that encapsulates Bruce Wayne," Snyder said.

Eisenberg and Irons join an eclectic cast which includes Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman and sees the return of Man of Steel stars Henry Cavill (Superman), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne.

Batman/Superman arrives in theaters May 6, 2016.

What do you think of the surprising casting choices? Are you still excited to see Batman/Superman or has the casting of Eisenberg as Luthor changed your outlook on this movie?

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