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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?

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Cam Clark

Cam is a husband, father, and a fan of many things. In college, he wrote his senior thesis on Mythological, Philosophical, and Theological Themes in Star Wars, and now spends his days causally specializing in Star Wars, Tolkien, and cubical work. No relation to Bill Clark.

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  • I was horribly mortified until I thought if you take mark zuckerberg and mix it with arrogant magician (from now you see me) then you are already dangerously close to lex luthor all you need is to throw in a little “want to rule the world” and it’s there.

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