Jesse Eisenberg To Reprise Lex Luthor Role For Suicide Squad?


Warner Bros. laid out their entire DC-dominated slate last week, with a number of previously rumoured projects finally landing official confirmation. One which has immediately sprung to the forefront of web chatter is anti-hero caper, Suicide Squad. Straight out of the gate, a rumoured casting wishlist arrived online, and now there’s an additional name joining the ranks. He’ll be new to the film – but not the DC universe, as Deadline reports that Jesse Eisenberg will reprise his Lex Luthor role for Suicide Squad.

Eisenberg will unleash his version of the balding baddie in DC’s Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and if negotiations are successful it looks like he’ll be bandying up with a crew of supervillains for another DC feature. The actor has a number of commitments on his plate right now, including Arms And The Dudes, Now You See Me 2 and the Zombieland sequel, so it’ll all boil down to scheduling, and whether or not he can juggle a multitude of intensive features in a short period.

What we know for sure at this stage is that Fury and End Of Watch helmer David Ayer is already attached to direct the pic. And he’s bursting with ideas; going so far as comparing his vision to The Dirty Dozen with supervillains. That’s a pretty accurate description, as the original comic focuses on a band of baddies who are forced to work together on a series of black-ops missions for the government. Why? Reduced sentences, that’s why!

So, if Eisenberg does manage to figure out a way to appear, we can hazard a guess and assume he’ll be joining that preliminary roster of actors. Originally, the studio had in their crosshairs Ryan Gosling, Tom Hardy, Will Smith and Margot Robbie. But today’s report does not mention Gosling’s name – so, is he out of the running now that Eisenberg might be in? At this stage it’s hard to tell, as we’ve no clear idea who’ll be playing who. But rest assured we’ll keep you posted when any new developments surface.

Suicide Squad is scheduled to hit theaters on August 5th, 2016.