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Eisenberg’s Luthor: the Reinvention of Superman’s Greatest Foe

When I first read that Jesse Eisenberg was cast as Superman’s arch-nemesis, I was befuddled like a fuddy-duddy (I might not know what that means).  After talking it over with 4LN co-founder/writer (and Grand Magistrate of the 4LN Magic Chocolate Bunnies and Unicorn’s Department) Stephen, we both kind of liked the choice.  Was it out of left field? Yes.  Was it a disastrous choice on the scale of the Zod/Superman bout? Only time will tell, but there is a chance that it will end up working and working well.

The super-sleuths over at Latino-Review have supposedly discovered several details surrounding the reimagining of Mr. Luthor, and it just might work.

SPOILER ALERT…. maybe?  Make sure you take this information with a colossal grain of salt.  There is a chance that this is completely off base or that the script re-writes might negate this information, but if you don’t want to know the deets don’t read below this sentence.

Still with me?  Great, here we go.

This incarnation of Lex Luthor will be bald (because he shaves it not because of male pattern baldness).  If you are a fan of Eisenberg’s curly locks, too bad.  He also has a penchant for body art and will have a detailed sleeve of the Metropolis skyline on his arm.

When Stephen and I first discussed the casting choice we felt like they were going to reimagine Luthor as a modern day CEO (a la Mark Zuckerberg) who got rich young with the technology boom.  It appears that this will be the case.  According to Latino Review, Lex is a self-made billionaire who made his money when he was 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.”

Luthor grew up on the streets of Metropolis.  To survive, he joined a street gang, and at the age of 15 became its leader.  Latino Review says that, “He learned early on that there was someone always bigger and stronger but never smarter.”  This seems to be the biggest difference in this incarnation.  Lex appears to be more deceptive and edgy.  He is prideful, but he knows his weaknesses.  He won’t go toe to toe with Superman (or bring a kryptonite knife to a god-fight), but try to manipulate public opinion to turn against the Man of Steel.

Latino-Review goes on to detail a meeting between Bruce Wayne, who is in town to help rebuild Metropolis after the events of Man of Steel, and Luthor.  The two do not like each other, but are willing to work together at this time.

Overall, I like the direction they are taking.  They will probably put Eisenberg through a training regiment to make his “street tough” appearance a little more believable, but let’s be honest – Luthor is known for his mind not his brute strength.  He knows he will never be able to match Superman’s strength and that his mind is his greatest attribute in the war against an alien who has no right to live on this planet, and especially the city of Metropolis.

If you’d like to read the whole article, you can read it here.

What do you guys thing of the new direction now the Columbus is Luthor?

BREAKING: Lex Luthor and Alfred Have Been Cast for Batman vs. Superman

After weeks of speculation, Warner Brothers has finally announced who will play Lex Luthor in the upcoming sequel to Man of Steel, and the choice might surprise you.  Joaquin Phoenix? Nope.  Matthew Goode?  Get that crap out of here.  It’s Jesse Eisenberg.  Wait… what?

That’s right, Columbus from Zombieland is playing Superman’s most iconic villain. At first glance this choice might not make sense, but after a quick pondering I can see it.  He has proven that he can play intelligent very well, which is Lex’s main thing.  I see his Lex as intelligent, maybe a little more awkward than past iterations, but I think he will have a maniacal undertone.  He will be younger and less flamboyant than prior Luthor’s, which can prove to be much more sinister.


It was also announced that Jeremy Irons will be playing Batman’s confidant, Alfred Pennyworth.  I think this is a tremendous choice.  It is definitely a lot less surprising than Eisenburg.  I think he will play the cultured, British butler with a penchant for sarcasm amazingly well.  I don’t think they could have picked a better actor for this role.


I talked with 4LN writer, Stephen and he said, “Jesse Eisenberg can be a MEGA arrogant prick. Perfect for Lex. And how the hell do you follow up Michael F—-NG Cain as Alfred? You get the next best (little bit younger), classically trained British actor. It makes sense to me. The whole point with these films is to turn our concepts of the characters upside down and show them to us in a new light. We’ve seen the same bald Lex every f—ing time he’s been on screen. Why not change the look a little. They certainly won’t lose the ego with that casting.”

One thing is for certain — WB is making some gutsy casting decisions thus far.  We will have to wait a few years to see if they pan out, but I like that they are breaking the mold a bit.

What do you think about the casting choice?  It definitely has a lot of potential.


A New “Justice” League Member?

Well Justice League fans, some new information has surfaced about the end of the Forever Evil run. If you are living under a rock and not familiar with Forever Evil, The Crime Syndicate has arrived on earth and killed off the justice league and revealed the identity of one key DC character (SPOILER: It was Nightwing). This has been a pretty fun ride so far and we are only 4 issues into the Forever Evil story but it has also crossed into Justice League and a few other titles.

With the entire story of F.E., writer and creator of the story Geoff Johns has told readers and fans to keep an eye on Lex Luther and pay attention to his motives. In this title we see that, surprisingly, Lex is actually extremely defiant of The Crime Syndicate and he forms his own team to take them down. This team consists of Bizzaro Superman, Black Manta, Captain Cold, and Black Adam.

We found out that this April, Justice League will have a new member, and that’s Mr. Luthor. On the cover of Justice League #30 we see Luthor standing with Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman and… Captain Cold. We should mention that Superman, Flash, and Green Lantern aren’t pictured (though Green Lantern left JL in issue 11 after a fight with Wonder Woman and some insults.) So what does this mean for the dynamic of Justice League, who will lead them? Surly Batman thinks he’s best suited for it, but then again, Lex will think he’s the best leader. This is sure to be a fun adaption to the team and the book. I personally just really hope this isn’t a gimmick to increase sales, I hope Lex sticks around longer than a year…


The cover of Justice League #30, out in April 2014!



WB Trying to Land Joaquin Phoenix for Man of Steel 2

The Man of Steel sequel rumor mill has been working at a feverish pace that past few weeks.  Last week we noted that Jason Momoa (aka Khal Drogo) was in talks to join to film in an unspecified role, and Gal Gadot has officially been added to the cast as Wonder Woman.

This week Variety is reporting that Warner Brothers is very interested in trying to add Joaquin Phoenix to the cast, possibly as the films main villain.  There is a lot of speculation that the Superman’s main antagonist in this film would be Lex Luthor, although that also hasn’t been confirmed.   It’s important to note that this is not definite by any means, and there it is not certain that Phoenix would even be interested if offered since he seems to have been more interested in independent style films as of late.

What do you guys think?  Could Phoenix pull off a Ledger-esque performance if he lands the role?