BySean Erickson, writer at
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Sean Erickson

The more I hear about the Jesse Eisenberg version of Lex Luthor, the more it sounds like the perfect modern interpretation of the character. As much as people like their movies to adhere to the established canonical version of their beloved characters - bad guys like Lex Luthor or Doctor Doom are the kinds of characters that can actually improve by changing with the times.

Time for a New Luthor

What sounds appealing from what I've heard about Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor is that he is being played like an evil Bill Gates, or yes, Mark Zuckerberg, type of character who likes to dabble in science and experiments with his LexCorp industries.

While back in the day one could be considered a powerful figure if you simply owned a lot of land, buildings and physical property like the old Lex Luthor did - in modern times information, contracts and intellectual properties is how the rich get richer and the money buys the power.

Both characters are using tragedy for publicity.
Both characters are using tragedy for publicity.

LexCorp vs. Wayne Enterprises

As you can see in this picture, LexCorp is firmly rooted in the community of Metropolis and both Lex Luthor and Wayne Enterprises' Bruce Wayne are putting their own spin on how you can rebuild and become stronger in the wake of tragedy. It's a theme that is always timely and relevant and the idea of pitting Wayne Enterprises against LexCorp is full of possibilities. Both of these guys are clearly using their corporate money for very mischievous purposes.

Wayne Enterprises only uses the Gothic font.
Wayne Enterprises only uses the Gothic font.

It'll be interesting to see how Bruce Wayne and Lex Luthor differ in their ways of handling their companies and the power that they wield. There's a very strong suggestion that in Batman vs Superman there will be senators, presidents and world leaders, as well as a certain Batman, who are all concerned about what Superman is capable of after the finale of Man of Steel. And it is this tension that directly leads to the showdown between Batman and Superman.

How much political influence do Lex Luthor and Bruce Wayne carry? Well, I would say it's a safe bet that if you are on the cover of Time magazine or if you are contracted by the government to help clean up a city, then you carry a fair amount of cache when it comes to politics.

The most sinister looking building in Metropolis.
The most sinister looking building in Metropolis.

With Power Comes Responsibility

I'm wondering if [Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) doesn't start out with both Lex Luthor and Bruce Wayne bonding on the side of the Anti-Superman campaign and it isn't until midway through, after the clash of the superheroes fight, that Batman steps across the line to the Pro-Superman, Anti-Lex Luthor side of things. Actually, that is kind of guaranteed, right?

I'm also wondering how much contrast there will be in between how Lex Luthor uses LexCorp for his hidden evil plans and how Bruce Wayne uses his Wayne Enterprises to fund his hidden Batman intrigue. How different are these guys really? And how responsible is each one about using the power and fame they have through their multi-million dollar companies for their own personal gain or political interests?

It could very well be that we'll find out all three characters, Lex Luthor, Superman and Bruce Wayne, turn out to have their own relationship with the government (and perhaps even [Wonder Woman](movie:45787) as well) and we'll see how these relationships end up influencing and shaping the story of Batman vs Superman. Will Superman end up becoming a pawn for the government, as he was in The Dark Knight Returns? What do you think?


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