Jesse Eisenberg, the latest Lex Luthor, defended his maniacal portrayal of the classic villain by saying he was trying to humanize the character and make him deeper than someone who's just a bad person. "To me, the most interesting acting is when actors can bring you into that other side of the person," he explained at London's MCM Comic Con last week. "When you feel like you are not just seeing the kind of purpose of them for plot. That they are not just delivering a message. … Whether or not I succeeded or failed [with that] depends on your subjective opinion."
Comics scribe-illustrator Dave Gibbons, who notably illustrated Batman and Superman's World's Finest book, said at the same convention last week that he prefers what Marvel is doing with its stable of characters. "They put together films that are really entertaining, that are exciting, and do have threat and jeopardy, but do have humor and a human quality to them, and a sense of hope. But I feel what DC had done, particularly with [BvS] movie, is that they really have taken a misstep," he said. "What I honed in on [in World's Finest] … was you know you've got Batman who's a dark, hidden creature, who lives in a dark, evil city, whose antagonist is a brightly colored clown. You've got Superman who is a brightly colored figure. He's yang if you like to Batman's yin… the whole universe is completely complementary — I got a lot of mileage out of crossing those over… where the latest film suffered is they were both these dark, opaque, angsty creatures."