'Smallville' Lex Luthor actor Michael Rosenbaum weighs in on Jesse Eisenberg in 'Batman vs. Superman' movie

By Andrew Meola | Feb 27, 2014 09:58 AM EST
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Smallville alumnus Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor on the show for seven seasons, has been promoting his new film Back in the Day and, in the process, has been answering some Lex Luthor-related questions. In a recent interview, he talked about Jesse Eisenberg's casting as Superman's greatest nemesis in Zack Snyder's untitled Man of Steel sequel, currently known as Batman vs. Superman.

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Rosenbaum spoke to Cinekatz and said the following:

"First off, I think he's a really good actor. I don't think he needs any advice from me, he'll do his homework. Do it your way. I'm sure Zack [Snyder] has an idea. He cast you for reason. Jesse's a good actor. He'll do it his own way and that's the best way. If you can do it your way, if you succeed or fail, you succeed because you are being original. If you're trying to emulate someone, you'll always be compared. That's why I didn't want to be compared during Smallville. I didn't watch any of Gene Hackman as Lex. He'll be fantastic. Great actor, no problem with it."

Rosenbaum also voiced the Flash in the Justice League and Justice League Unlimited animated series. The site asked which character he would rather play, and the actor went with the hero over the villain:

"I would lean toward The Flash kind of guy. The guy who wants to take light of the situation, when everyone is so upset and the world is dying he's like, 'Hey everything's going to be alright! Let's go bowling!' That's always been me. That's kind of me and I've always had that temperance- the ability to make things better than they are. I think that's my gift, honestly, is to entertain. I'd have to say I'd be closer to The Flash. I have some evil in me but I'd be positive for the most part."

What do you make of Rosenbaum's remarks? Let us know in the comments below.

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