Batman v Superman’s Lex Luthor Thinks He’s Sooo Cool


Batman v Superman‘s Lex Luthor Thinks He’s Sooo Cool

Yesterday we got new official character posters for the famous DC Trinity as the studio amps up its marketing for Batman v Superman.

Now we have a new look at the hip, young Lex Luthor from the film in all his condescending glory.

When complaining about the new take on Lex there are some important things to remember. First, the approach isn’t terribly flawed. Shifting the archetype from older, corporate Reagan-ite to megalomaniac tech guru is an honest attempt at relevance. That’s fine. Jesse Eisenberg played Mark Zuckerberg in Social Network so I can’t fault the logic.

Second, to help explain this shift they go out of their way to say that this is Alexander Luthor, the son of Lex Luthor – a corporate giant. It’s a sort of built-in explanation for those who don’t get conceptual changes.

That having been said, Eisenberg looks like the worst part of that film. Perhaps it’s because he doesn’t understand Geek Culture ( as demonstrated this year at Comic-Con) or perhaps it’s because he doesn’t respect comics as a legitimate literary genre. Maybe he doesn’t have a lot of range. Not really sure, but it’s got to be something.

Yeah, not great.

I will hold out full judgement until I see the actual film, but I think there are things you can tell already. Hopefully the addition of Argo writer Chris Terrio will bring some legitimacy to the performance. Otherwise this might be cringe-worthy.

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I just hope we get better news on the Doomsday front as we get closer to the film’s release. Lex’s big plan to defeat Superman seems like a cheap plot device – which we might be wishing for if it turns out the monster is actually the final villain in the movie.

Next: Bruce Wayne Takes Back the Cape and Cowl in Batman 50.

That part of the story may ultimately determine whether or not we remember this incarnation of Lex Luthor as a good foil or a terrible disappointment.

via Wired.