Man of Steel Casting Now Just an Exercise in Trolling

Jesse Eisenberg to play Lex Luthor.

Remember, a few months ago, how it was announced that Ben Affleck would play Batman in the Man of Steel sequel and the world was blotted out with the rage screams of a thousand angry nerds? The producers certainly learned their lesson! Today, we find out that Jessie Eisenberg will be playing Lex Luthor in the same movie—which, yes, he proved he could play soulless villainy in The Social Network, but still: Jessie Eisenberg!

Take it away, Twitter!

So maybe not nerd rage. Oh, also: Jeremy Irons will be playing Alfred the butler. If we know Irons, he’ll be playing Alfred the menacing butler.