This weekend, Jesse Eisenberg will follow in Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey’s footsteps when he appears as Lex Luthor in “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.” During a recent interview, Eisenberg explained how he sees his character and just what motivates Luthor to hate Superman.
“He is a classic xenophobe. He’s hell-bent on getting this alien destroyed,” Eisenberg told The Hollywood Reporter.
“I think of the character more as a very emotional man but on behalf of no one else, on behalf of his own emotion,” he added.
“He talks about the abuse he suffered as a child,” he explained. “And in some kind of perverse Freudian parallel, relates Superman’s power with his own father’s power, and in some really dark way confuses the two.”