Warner Bros has announced that Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor in the studio's planned Superman-Batman film.
The casting of the 30-year-old Eisenberg was met with a wave of surprise on social media. Eisenberg is a widely respected actor but isn't known for the kind of villainous gravitas that Gene Hackman brought to the role.
Snyder says Eisenberg allows the film to take Luthor in "some new and unexpected directions".
The film is set to open in May 2016.