Despite Jesse Eisenberg's performance as Lex Luthor Jr. in Batman v Superman already being polarizing, Ben Affleck is strongly defending it.
When the latest trailer for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was released, many took to Twitter to bash Eisenberg's flamboyant portrayal of the villain. But Affleck, who plays Batman in the film, spoke with French magazine Studio Cine Live about why Eisenberg actually improves most of the scenes in which he exists.
"Between the character that was written by Chris Terrio and Jesse Eisenberg's portrayal, it's the meeting of two great minds, on the same wavelength," Affleck explained. "Luthor is, for me, the most interesting character in the film. He's radically different from what we've seen so far. He's grounded in reality, and he's extraordinary. This type of film is only as good as its villain. That's why 'The Dark Knight' was so brilliant, because of Heath Ledger's Joker. Jesse improves the film with each scene he's in. He's not your usual one-dimensional villain, there's a whole psychology behind him."
Eisenberg has previously spoken about Lex Luthor's motivation throughout the film. He told MTV News back in June that the film "has an emotional core to the character. It's not [some] silly, villainous character," adding, "There's some more psychological accuracy that the person [Lex] is coming from a place that's probably diagnosable in some ways."
Batman v Superman also stars Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent and Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled for release on March 25, 2016.