Zack Snyder Talks Jimmy Olsen, Lex Luthor, in Batman V Superman

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Zach Snyder recently discussed Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice during an with Entertainment Weekly. This article features spoilers, so if you haven’t seen Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, you should stop reading this article.

First order of business was breaking down Jimmy Olsen in the film. Many might not have realized his character in the film… although he was never referred to by name, Jimmy Olsen was with Lois Lane during the trip to Africa and revealed to be a CIA plant. He was then killed with a gunshot to the head. Snyder explained why he did this, and revealed that the R-rated Ultimate Edition (due out this summer) will feature more of the character:

Why Olsen was brought in for that scene: “We just did it as this little aside because we had been tracking where we thought the movies were gonna go, and we don’t have room for Jimmy Olsen in our big pantheon of characters, but we can have fun with him, right?”

What Jimmy does in the R-rated Ultimate Edition: “He comes up to her and he goes, ‘Lois Lane, I’m Jimmy Olsen, photographer, obviously … You know, I’ve been assigned to you for this mission.’ But it turns out that Jimmy Olsen is a spook for the CIA.”

Who almost got cast as Jimmy: “I thought, if it were Jesse Eisenberg and he got out and he goes, ‘I’m Jimmy Olsen,’ you’d be like, oh my God, we’re gonna have Jimmy Olsen in the whole movie, right?’” Snyder says. “And then if he got shot, you’d just be like, ‘What!? You can’t do that.’ I said, ‘I want to do this misdirect and you’d be great. You’d be a great Jimmy Olsen,’” the director says. “And he’s like, ‘Yeah, that’s cool,’ and he was being very Jesse in the meeting. Introverted but constantly going, ‘Okay, I see, uh-huh. So it’s sort of a pop-culture redirect, you’re gonna do, because of the certain status of an actor…’ I was like, ‘Wow, that guy is crazy… Debbie, what about Jesse as Lex?’”

On speaking with several actors to play Luthor: “We talked about the usual suspects that you would imagine; any actor who has been bald, probably. Bryan Cranston would have been great, right? And by the way, he’s an amazing actor. Can you imagine how different the movie would be?”