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Kevin Spacey might be a tough act to follow, but the thespian who last portrayed Lex Luthor on the big screen had nothing but praise for Jesse Eisenberg, the latest actor set to play Superman's arch nemesis.

In an interview with Empire magazine, Spacey was asked to give his thoughts on Eisenberg, who was just cast to play the bald baddie in "Batman vs. Superman," the "Man of Steel" sequel due out in 2016. While Spacey's take on the legendary villain in 2006's "Superman Returns" was pretty great, the movie wasn't, and a sequel never materialized. Still, the actor isn't bitter, and told Empire he was ready to move on to other projects -- and was confident Eisenberg would do the character proud.

"First of all, I think [Jesse Eisenberg] is a remarkable actor," Spacey said. "He's just going to f--king own it. I think it's a great idea and I wish him the best with it."

We're glad Spacey is OK with Eisenberg picking up where he left off, proving he's just as cool as we suspected. (And the real life polar opposite of his menacing Frank Underwood character in Netflix series "House of Cards.")

"Batman vs. Superman" hits theaters May 6, 2016.

[h/t Screen Rant]
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