Batman V Superman’s Villain Isn’t Lex Luthor—It’s His Son
When Jesse Eisenberg was first cast as Lex Luthor in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, fans of the comic book villain were initially skeptical. After all, historically Lex Luthor is an older, balder megalomaniac-type, not a long-haired tech mogul with a start-up aesthetic and a company basketball court. It was clear from the beginning that this would be a new version of Lex we’d never seen before.
But now it seems like the plot is thickening even further, as it was revealed yesterday that Lex Luthor isn’t the character’s full name. It’s actually Alexander Luthor Jr.… meaning that there was already a Lex Luthor in the DC Cinematic Universe, and Eisenberg is playing his son.
This new bit of info was revealed via Lex Luthor Jr.’s brand new Twitter account, as well as a a fictional write-up of the “new” LexCorp from Fortune Magazine. In the interview, Luthor is described as “a 31-year-old wunderkind who transformed an aging petrochemical and heavy machinery dinosaur into a tech darling of the Fortune 500 in what some call a superhuman feat.”
This isn’t without precedent in the comic books, of course—although not as iconic as his dad, an alternate reality Lex Luthor Jr. first appeared in the ’80s and kept showing up every once in while until the ’10s. But it’s the first time this character has ever been given any kind of theatrical representation, and considering that we’ve spent over a year thinking that Eisenberg was playing Luthor Sr., it’s totally blowing our minds right now that he isn’t.
We also learn something else in Fortune’s write-up: that unlike Wayne Enterprises, the company run by Bruce Wayne (you know, Batman), LexCorp has been taking on a lot of military contracts recently, and has a product in the works that Luthor believes will change the world.
“It’s about safety,” Luthor says of this secret new technology. “This is a product that will protect you, and everyone, from threats you don’t even know about yet. I don’t want to scare anybody… much. But there are a lot of threats out there, and they’re here today.”
Sounds awfully like the sort of thing Tony Stark would say about Ultron.