Last week Warners shocked the world when they announced that Queens native Jesse Eisenberg bagged the role of Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman Vs Superman. I'm not gonna lie, at first I was on the side of fandom that was against Eisenberg and bitched like everyone else. But guess what?
I was wrong. Big time.
On one hand, like many of you, I had preconceived notions of what the character SHOULD BE that was pretty much based on conditioning of watching DC animated cartoons for too many years.
On the other hand, what Lex Luthor is GOING TO BE in Batman Vs Superman is pretty damn cool. More of that in a bit.
There have been some theories of what Lex is going to represent in the upcoming film. My wonderful colleague Drew McWeeney wrote a good piece over at HitFix that you guys should check out as a prerequisite before reading what we have to say. Just this morning Hollywood Reporter dropped a piece that was more inside baseball that didn't really offer any info new info.
So, just who exactly is ALEXANDER "LEX" LUTHOR?
Kellvin went all out, hit up sources, came up aces, and bagged DETAILS.
DISCLAIMER: THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS MASSIVE SPOILERS SO IF YOU DON'T WANT TO KNOW THEN DON'T READ BELOW. ALSO, SINCE CHRIS TERRIO IS CURRENTLY REWRITING THE SCRIPT EVERYTHING BELOW IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE.
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.
So Lex Luthor is the Metropolis street kid turned mogul. My kind of tough guy.
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.
Don't for a second think that Bruce and Lex are cool because they got no love for each other. They have a past. You see Bruce once called Lex as 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.
The rebuilding of Metropolis is Bruce Wayne's main priority and is in town to help. Bruce believes pooling their resources would better serve the citizens of Metropolis and Bruce is willing to put his differences with Lex aside and let bygones be bygones.
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. Lex's secretary will send Wayne the contracts.
In terms of Superman, Lex believes Superman can die. For all it's abilities its 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.
As Wayne leaves, you know who Lex is thinking about?
But that is another story, folks.
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Until the next episode...
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