Jesse Eisenberg Influenced Batman V Superman Script; Ben Affleck Open To Helming Batman Film

batman-superman-lex-luthor-jesse-eisenberg1-570x285With the new issue of Total Film out today, various sites are gleaning interesting anecdotes and quotes from its feature story on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Batman-News points out that actor Jesse Eisenberg confirms Warner Bros. was interested in a more traditional Lex Luthor with Eisenberg meeting director Zack Snyder for a different role. As the notion of casting The Social Network star became serious, the script was tweaked to reflect the younger Lex Luthor Jr. already revealed via a faux-profile of Luthor on Fortune's website.

Playing a titan of industry, Eiseberg told the magazine it was strange acting against Ben Affleck's Bruce Wayne. "Off set, you're thinking of this person in reverential terms, and then on set I condescend him, really quite nasty…" he said.

Affleck, meanwhile, told Total Film (via that he would be "open" to directing a stand-alone Batman film. "The trick is, as to any movie, is to make sure that you – if you're going to direct it – that you can make it good. You've got to have the right idea and the right take on it," he said.

Rumors persist that Affleck will eventually helm a solo Batman outing, but it is currently not on Warner Bros' schedule of DC Comics films. Although, as the recent announcement of Ant Man and The Wasp proves, those schedules can certainly accommodate new projects.