The Internet is angry! Internet smash! Internet yell!
No, the Internet is happy! Internet applaud! Internet defend casting choice!
That was basically what happened on Twitter when Warner Bros. announced that Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder's Batman vs. Superman film. It was the biggest reaction to casting news since…well, since Ben Affleck was announced as the new Batman. Most people thought Jesse was too young (even though he's the same age as Henry Cavill, who plays Superman) or was just too wrong for the role. Others loved the bold choice and leapt to Oscar-nominated actor's defense.
A quick recap of what happened on the Internet when the news broke:
People Who Think This Is the Worst Casting Ever
Im trying my best to be optimistic and shit, but Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor? I JUST CANT SEE IT.? Marcus Sweatpants (@marcusprolifik) January 31, 2014
Jesse Eisenberg cast as Lex Luthor in 'Superman-Batman' ... cool, another role that will make me dislike him -_-? Katie Sommers (@KatieRadio1) January 31, 2014
Jesse Eisenberg (zombieland) was casted as Lex Luther in the Batman v. Superman movie. I just think they WANT this movie to fail.? Are You My Mummy? (@One_Classy_Bum) January 31, 2014
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. At this point, I wouldn't be surprised if they cast Justin Bieber as Robin.? Jason Dnalsflogni (@jingolfs85) January 31, 2014
So Jesse Eisenberg got cast as Lex Luthor for the Batman Vs. Superman movie. Welp, that saved me $12.? WORLDSTAR (@DieselGShep) January 31, 2014
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor? Who's producing this movie? Nickelodeon?? KARA (@stedanchick) January 31, 2014
People Who Think This Is the Best Casting Ever
Jesse Eisenberg should make a fantastic Lex Luthor. I'm genuinely excited to see how Batman vs. Superman plays out.? Jeramy Wainwright (@JeramyWainwrigh) January 31, 2014
I've never found Lex Luthor an appealing character but loved Jesse Eisenberg in The Social Network! Looking forward to Man of Steel 2!? Jonathan Bridgewater (@Bridgewater92) January 31, 2014
I am completely interested in Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor!! Weird casting though? Jackie Estrada ? (@jackkiee_8) January 31, 2014
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in superman vs batman? I love him, but can't picture it! Excited though!? Eunice Hong (@euniceehong) January 31, 2014
I'm totally on board with Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor. And I'm still on Team Batfleck. Suck it, haters.? Rob Ryan (@robryan88) January 31, 2014
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor is a bold/brilliant choice. I know people don't see it but he can pull it off. A young, smart Lex - I'm sold!? Lesley Pena (@LesleyLP) January 31, 2014
People Who Wanted Other Actors Cast as Lex Luthor (Mostly Bryan Cranston)
Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor? Eh... I still think Benedict Cumberbatch would have made a brilliant Luthor, but we'll see...? Adam (@Iron_Ghost_) January 31, 2014
Someone not @BryanCranston has been cast as Lex Luthor? I thought we all agreed? Did he say no or did casting do a boo boo by not asking?? Lars Erik Volden (@LarsErikVolden) January 31, 2014
oh damn what if they actually wanted Bryan Cranston and yelled GET ME HEISENBERG!!! but the casting director didn't hear the H?? Anne Hathaway's Hair (@NateCosBOOM) January 31, 2014
I think Bryan Cranston should be the next lex luthor. Not Jesse Eisenberg. What is with the casting choices with the next superman movie? KAGE (@Kagron) January 31, 2014
Jesse Eisenberg is Lex Luthor in Batman vs. Superman and not Bryan Cranston #laaaaaame? Sam Broadbent (@0JSampson) January 31, 2014
Why would you EVER cast Jesse Eisenberg instead of Bryan Cranston as Lex Luther #thanksobama? LC (@lcraff) January 31, 2014
And Finally, People Who Think This Casting Is Questionable…but at Least It's Better Than Ben Affleck as Batman
I'd rather see Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor than Ben Affleck as Batman. #JustSaying? The INDYpundit (@TheINDYpundit) January 31, 2014
And then there's this:
So which camp do you fall in? Pro-Jesse? Anti-Jesse? Or did you give up on this movie when Ben was cast?