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What can we expect from Lex Luthor in Batman Vs Superman?

February 6th, 2014 by Marc 3 Comments

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Well, now that large parts of the internet have been rebuilt following its collapse at the announcement of Jesse Eisenberg being cast as Lex Luthor in Batman Vs Superman last week, we can begin to get an idea of the character he will play and the take on the iconic villain we’ll seen next year.

The guys at Latino Review reckon they have some cool insider info on him and they reckon the doubters should calm down – however they do note that, due to script changes that are ongoing, this may not be set in stone but as of the last draft, this was how Luthor was shaping up.

“For starters, let’s get this out of the way immediately: Lex Luthor is BALD. His head is shaven to be exact. But that is not all. He has another physical trait. You see, Lex Luthor is also into body art and has a detailed sleeve tattoo of the Metropolis skyline on his right arm. Lex is also the richest man on the planet who became a self-made billionaire at 18. Lex is currently the CEO of Lexcorp who is one part tech genius, one part ruthless business man and two parts Metropolis street tough. Yes, street tough.

“At 14 Lex was living on the streets and for survival was initiated into a street gang. He learned early on that there was someone always bigger and stronger but never smarter. By 15 that street gang was answering to him. According to Lex, strength isn’t everything. RESOLVE is.”

But we shouldn’t be concerned, Lex will be every bit the criminal genius we expect: “Don’t think of Lex as some goon because his eyes say it all. Behind them burn the fires of unparallelled genius. A powerful intellect enabling him to accomplish anything he bends his will toward. In the boundaries of his mind he is godlike but not a God.

“We meet Lex early on in the story when Bruce Wayne first pays him a visit at his 125th floor penthouse located inside Lexcorp Tower. Lex is sitting at his desk in front of an array of computer screens. Take a wild guess what he is watching on the monitors? The Man Of Steel.”

However, like in the comics, Bruce and Lex are not friends, in fact Bruce doesn’t like or trust Luthor but sees him as a necessary evil: “Bruce once called Lex an amoral, arrogant brat. Lex thinks of Bruce as a trust fund baby. Lex considers he got himself to where he is at by innovation and hard work while Bruce by accident of birth.

“Bruce considers Superman an impressive specimen. Lex considers him an alien, and a trespasser that doesn’t belong on this planet. Superman is just one of the reasons Bruce came to visit Metropolis. He has an interest in the city’s tragic circumstances. More like profitable circumstances according to Lex.”

Wayne wants to let bygones be bygones as his only aim is to rebuild Metropolis and get the people back on their feet but Lex believes “Wayne Enterprises is a powerful company but not enough to challenge him in his own backyard. Lex Luthor is Lexcorp and Lexcorp is Metropolis. Despite the limitations of Wayne Enterprises, there are some things Lex believes he can use the company for.”

But where do these two billionaires stand on the Superman issue? “Lex believes Superman can die. For all its abilities it’s not immortal. Bruce believes there can be a peaceful solution to the Superman problem. One that doesn’t involve going toe to toe with a God. Lex doesn’t intend to go toe to toe with anybody because he believes you don’t get to be a general by charging the frontlines with the rest of the troops.”

According to the source, at the time of this meeting early on in the movie, Lex isn’t preoccupied just with Superman but also with Gotham’s own Batman… but why? Apparently we have to wait until 2016 to find out.

So what say you guys? Can you see Jesse in this role or do you still think he’s off the mark?

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Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….