Rumor: Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor to Join ‘Suicide Squad?’

By October 24, 2014

Warner Bros. seems like they’re really trying to get all of their proverbial ducks in a row to make good on their massive promise of DC Comics film releases through at least the year 2020. In addition to the superhero-centric pieces like Batman v SupermanWonder WomanAquamanCyborg, and The Flash, one of the more interesting projects on the slate is director David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. Based on the DC Comics team of the same name, the Suicide Squad is a government-run task force of captured anti-heroes and supervillains that undertake highly dangerous black operations in hopes of reducing their prison sentences, or commuting the death penalty (among other depicted benefits).

Rising out of the ambitious project with the director of the critically-acclaimed Fury at the helm is a new rumor that could have some widespread implications for the cinematic DC Universe going forward. Deadline is reporting that Jesse Eisenberg, who will portray Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman, is being sought to reprise his role in Ayer’s Suicide Squad film.

While in the comics Luthor’s association with the Squad has been minimal, in the late 1990s/early 2000s when Luthor ascended to the Presidency of the United States, he used his authority to reform the Suicide Squad with the specific task of silencing Lois Lane’s investigation into his election. While its unlikely that Luthor will become the president given what information has floated around about this iteration of the DC Comics icon, Luthor’s presence around the team could leave open some interesting implications for the plot of Batman v Superman, as well as the ongoing story of the Justice League itself. Could Luthor be outed as a villain and captured in the crossover film, and become a member of the team? Will he be a government consultant of some kind, overseeing some of their operations? It could plausibly be either of these, or something else entirely. Either way, if the upcoming crossover film manages to capture what makes Luthor one of the absolute best characters in comics (unlike the vast majority of his film appearances), then the presence of Superman’s greatest destined enemy on or around the Suicide Squad should prove to be very intriguing.

Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor will debut in March 2016 with the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, while Suicide Squad is currently slated for a release in August of that same year. For more info on this as it develops, keep an eye on GeekNation!

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Chris Clow
As a former comics retailer at a store in the Pacific Northwest, Chris Clow is an enormous sci-fi, comics, and film geek. He is a freelance contributor, reviewer, podcaster, and overall geek to GeekNation,, The Huffington Post, and He also hosts the monthly Comics on Consoles broadcast and podcast. Check out his blog, and follow him on Twitter @ChrisClow.