Will Batman vs. Superman Show A Different Side of Lex Luthor?

By bill - February 6, 2014

Less than a week after the surprise announcement of Jesse Eisenberg as the new Lex Luthor, now there’s a very unique description of the character as we could see him on the big screen.

Latino Review has been rattling cages ever since the announcement last week that Jesse Eisenberg would play Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman/ Superman movie.  What they’ve found– if it’s legit– is we will be in store for a very different version of Lex than we’ve seen in the past.

Here’s the scoop:

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.

That’s a far cry from the Silver Age Lex we’ve seen in the past on the big screen, and a way off from what we all assumed we’d get from Eisenberg in the role (the return of Mark Zuckerberg)… but to me this sound really much more interesting.  Like, interesting enough to get me to follow this movie much closer now.

The biggest relief this report suggests is Lex will still be a self-made man.  The concept of going younger with casting him seemed to lean more toward the new cinematic Lex being heir to his fortune, which is fundamentally wrong for the character.  As for the “street tough” stuff, right now the notion of gang leader Jesse Eisenberg is too foreign to really even conceive in my brain… but I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t curious.

You should go read the whole report from Latino Review, which also details a meeting between Lex and Bruce Wayne over plans to aid the devastated Metropolis (spoiler alert– they’re not buddies).  It actually reads very well… like, better than anything I’ve seen from DC’s movies.  In fact, the only downside of this scenario is, when watching the movie, I’d most likely end up siding with Lex over Bruce.

There’s no confirmation on any of this yet, of course, but most of it makes sense and most importantly, feels true to the characters.  That’s what DC and Warner need to keep at the forefront, if they’re going to match Marvel’s amazing cinematic vision.

Source: Latino Review

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