Jesse Eisenberg’s ultra-hammy take on Lex Luthor has split audiences right down the centre; some feel he’s awful and his performance ruins the movie while his defenders think he brought some colour and life to what could be a relentless downbeat ride.
The biggest issue with the character is his clear lack of motive for anything he does, other than seemingly hating the idea there’s another being on the planet more powerful than him. His mix of Mark Zuckerberg and Max Landis is an acquired taste for sure, but he’s infinitely more interesting to watch than Daniel Bruhl’ mopey Zemo.
Zemo’s motive for what he does is an understandably human one, but he’s the latest in a long line of bland Marvel villains. There’s nothing charismatic or mysterious about him, he’s just a dorky guy who shows up, causes trouble and disappears again. At least his motivation helps Black Panther complete his arc, but he’s still a major letdown.
Eisenberg’s performance might be divisive, but at least it’s a memorable one.