‘Batman v Superman’: First picture of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor revealed

Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey have previously played the bald baddie on the big screen

The first picture of Jesse Eisenberg as the villainous Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice has been released.

Eisenberg, star of The Social Network and Now You See Me, is the third actor to play Superman’s archenemy on the big screen following Gene Hackman, who portrayed Luthor in three films between 1978 and 1987, and Kevin Spacey, who depicted the bald baddie in 2006’s Superman Returns.

“I don’t know the history as well as the people making the movie,” Eisenberg said shortly after landing the iconic role last year (2014).”So I guess it’s up to them to figure out how much they want to separate it from previous incarnations. But I will treat it like it’s its own role.”

“There’s no way to play the history of the character played by other people, unless you do some kind of wink, but that doesn’t seem like a responsible way to act,” he added. “So I will just do it as though it’s a character.”

The first picture of Eisenberg’s Luthor was shared in a tweet by Entertainment Weekly earlier this afternoon (March 25).

Director Zack Snyder finished filming Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice in December (2014) and the eagerly-anticipated superhero sequel is set for release on March 25, 2016.

Alongside Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ben Affleck as Batman and Henry Cavill as Superman, the eagerly-anticipated film stasr Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Jeremy Irons as Batman’s butler Alfred. Videos of the Batmobile on set were recently leaked online and can be viewed here.