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Warning - Possible SPOILERS for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice below:

Ah, movie sets. They're where the magic is made, the silver screen gets its shine, and - when it comes to Superhero movies at least - absolutely no-one can keep their mouth shut.

That's why they're so fantastic.

The latest big reveal from the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice set - which has already been leaking information at a frantic rate - is the sort that at first sounds incredibly boring, but then, as you think about it, gets more and more interesting. A bit like Tom Hanks.

Batman News is reporting that Lex Luthor, in a substantial change from his usual comic appearance, will have hair.

And presumably an evil grin.
And presumably an evil grin.

That's right, Lex Luthor will not be bald. Their report goes into a whole lot of detail on exactly how it will look, though:

LexCorp scenes were filmed over the past two days and a source tells Batman News that Eisenberg has “a lot of hair”. It’s not Eisenberg’s typical curly look — it’s a bit longer, kind of loose and wavy, and it’s dirty blonde. Eisenberg’s Luthor has spastic mannerisms, like a 20-something guy that pounds energy drinks all day. I’m told that the scenes shot take place towards the beginning of the movie… so maybe there’s still a chance that Lex Luthor could show up bald by the end? We’ll have to wait and see."

Skirting over the fact that they just used the word 'spastic' - is that really still a word it's OK to say? Really? - this report seems to confirm that one of the cardinal rules of comic book adaptations is about to be broken: Don't change the one thing a character is most famous for.

Iron Man without his suit, Wolverine without his claws, The Joker without the grin - these are things you just don't do without a huge amount of risk. It's a whole different level of controversy to changing whether or not Superman wears his underwear on the outside of his pants or not.

I mean, what would Lex Luthor even look like with hair?

More or less like this.
More or less like this.

Well, yeah, sure. I mean, Gene Hackman can get away with it.

Oh, wait...

Ah, the good old days...
Ah, the good old days...

I remember now...

All too clearly...
All too clearly...

That's totally how Lex Luthor became a super-villain in the first place. Thanks for waiting for me to catch up there, everyone reading this who already remembered that...

It's easy to forget that Luthor was around way back in the days when a character could totally go from being a hero to a villain in four panels. All because Superman accidentally blew acid all over him with his super-breath. Now, admittedly, in Luthor's defense, this was all just an attempt to explain away a much earlier artist's error which took away his hair in the first place - but still. I mean, c'mon Lex. Supes was clearly just trying to help. What kind of maniac makes someone his mortal enemy just for destroying all his hair?

Just think how many would have died...
Just think how many would have died...

It's not as though he and Superman had teamed up to take down some kind of greater menace - maybe on a dark night in May 2016, say - only for that menace to somehow persuade Superman that Lex was the bad guy all along - with his hair being destroyed in the ensuing confrontation. I mean, that turning you into a super-villain I could totally understand.

Just look at those dastardly faces...
Just look at those dastardly faces...

Actually, wait a second.

Oh, man. Did the Lex having hair thing just totally ruin the ending of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice?


[Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) is currently set for release May 6, 2016.


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