Batman V Superman: Jesse Eisenberg Will Be Lex Luthor Jr.


Warner Bros. has launched its Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice viral campaign via an article in Fortune magazine, and it’s revealing a lot of backstory for the villain — Lex Luthor … or, more accurately, Lex Luthor Jr.

In an in-movie Fortune magazine interview, Lex Luthor recollects on his father and how he transformed Luthor Sr.’s company:

"Well, Dad was a complicated guy … He came from a country where the government, in the guise of protector, had absolute control over the citizens. That drove him. I get it. Heck, I’d hate to see that sort of thing happen over here."

The full article goes on to give a brief backstory as to how Lex became an even greater success than his father.  It definitely doesn’t give away too much, but, in fact, makes us ask even more questions.  What did Luthor, Sr. die of?  Did Bruce Wayne have a corporate rivalry with the elder Luthor?  Is Luthor, Jr. an illegitimate child?

For fans who thought Jesse Eisenberg was a bit too young and boyish to be playing the Man of Steel’s arch-nemesis, this information might be a bit of fresh air.  However, fans may also be questioning why Superman’s main villain won’t be Lex Luthor-proper.  My best guess is that Zack Snyder and company may be setting up a slow burn where Luthor, Sr. makes his ultimate appearance in a later film, and his supposed death and son’s rise to power were all part of his master plan.

What do you think?  Give us your thoughts.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Official Synopsis: Fearing the actions of a god-like super hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a United States release date of March 25, 2016.  It will be directed by Zack Snyder, written by Chris Terrio from a story by David Goyer and Zack Snyder, and will star Henry Cavill as Clark Kent / Superman, Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne / Batman, Gal Gadot as Diana Prince / Wonder Woman, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred Pennyworth, Tao Okamoto as Mercy Graves, Holly Hunter as a United States Senator, Ray Fisher as Victor Stone / Cyborg, and Callan Mulvey, Scoot McNairy, and Jena Malone in unspecified roles.

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