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Big Details on “Man of Steel” Sequel’s Lex Luthor


Whenever there’s a scoop you can always count on the guys at Latino Review to have their finger firmly on the pulse. Now one of the biggest stories of the last week or so is that Jesse Eisenberg has been cast as Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel. As ever, LR is on the ball and user Kellvin has some exclusive deets on Batman vs Superman‘s Lex.

The below is taken from Latino Review, so full credit to them and to Kellvin.

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.”

In terms of the actual plot of the film, it’s presumed that a grizzled, older Batman will look to seek out and take down the ‘alien’ threat called Superman that appeared in Man of Steel. Of course, an alliance will be formed throughout the film, will the ‘World’s Finest’ having to team up to defeat a greater threat.

Henry Cavill will be returning as Superman, Ben Affleck is playing Batman, and Wonder Woman has been cast to play a part in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up – Gal Gadot has landed that particular role. It’s also been confirmed that Jeremy Irons will be playing Alfred Pennyworth, Amy Adams will return as Lois Lane, Lawrence Fishburne will be back as Perry White and Diane Lane’s Martha Kent appears again, whilst Jason Momoa is in talks for an unknown role, rumoured to be either Doomsday or the Martian Manhunter.

At present, the Man of Steel sequel is scheduled for a 6th May, 2015 release.



5 thoughts on “Big Details on “Man of Steel” Sequel’s Lex Luthor

  1. Yeah that all sounds fine until you try and picture Jesse Eisenberg… like Michael Rosenbaum had that thing down, the whole bald and Lex Luthor thing… I hope he gets it right, I would be happy. Makes the Batfleck news sound tame.


    • I remember when Rosenbaum was cast, though, and I struggled to see it. To me, he was the jock (with hair) who dressed as Han Solo in Urban Legend. He turned out to be awesome. I’m willing to go in with an open mind here. It all depends on the story, at the end of the day. If Eisenberg is given a character and a story that work, I think he could pull off something brilliant.


      • Really? Rosenbaum has been my favourite Lex to date. Not doubting Eisenberg’s acting chops, he’s not bad or anything, just not sure what he’ll do… Waiting to see though!


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