Don't worry DC Comics fans - Jesse Eisenberg says Batman v Superman's Lex Luthor isn't a cartoon character.
Were you concerned that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was going to be a light-hearted superhero romp? Yeah, me neither. But that's not stopping its actors from telling us how serious this project is. For example, Jason Momoa recently explained that that no one will be making jokes about his Aquaman once the movie's finished. And now Jesse Eisenberg is going a step further, saying the entire movie is "very serious" and that his Lex Luthor won't be confused with some cartoon villain.
"It's just the most incredible character," Eisenberg said on The Today Show. "It was written by this guy Chris Terrio, this is his next movie after Argo, who is just this brilliant writer of characters. So this movie is not a cartoonish superhero movie, it's this very serious, well-acted, well-written, well-directed movie. It's really phenomenal."
Let's separate Eisenberg's comments from the fact that Luthor cartoonishly chants "the red capes are coming" in the trailer. Both Eisenberg and Momoa seem to be making a distinction between DC's superhero movies and Marvel Studios' films - where Avengers embraces a certain degree of light-hearted silliness, Batman v Superman will be realistic and serious. And that's fine! It still could be a fantastic movie, the question is whether audiences want seriousness after the last DC flick didn't fare as expected.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice reaches theaters on March 25, 2016. Seriously.