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Sean Erickson

It's time to get excited DC fans. The Batman vs Superman trailer is finally arriving on May 15th in front of the insanely amazing looking Mad Max Fury Road. We got the final reveal of Jesse Eisenberg's shaved noggin to check off our list of questions regarding the movie and the cinematic universe of DC is expanding at a steady rate over at the Suicide Squad headquarters. So where are we headed?

Is Lex Luthor In or Out of the Suicide Squad?

The world of Batman is seeing constant expansion in the recent casting news of David Ayer's Suicide Squad movie. We have the Joker playing a major role and rumors about Hugo Strange but most recently we've received the word of Lost's Mr. Echo, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, being cast in the role of Killer Croc, Karen Fukuhara is stepping into the role of Plastique and heavyweight boxer Raymond Olubowale taking on the classic Suicide Squad character of King Shark.

One character that has been rumored to have a role in Suicide Squad is Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor. But a recent appearance by Eisenberg on the Late Late Show has raised some questions as to whether he's growing his hair out for other roles or if he'll be taking the razor to his head again for a Lex Luthor appearance in Suicide Squad.

No, as expected there isn't much Batman vs Superman info to take away from the interview but early plot leaks on Suicide Squad definitely pointed to his characters involvement. But is it all behind the scenes? Much like the rumors of Batman's appearance in Suicide Squad - the expansion of Lex Luthor's story could be happening through the exposition of other characters.

The early word on the plot of Suicide Squad had the gang being put together by Amanda Waller to prevent Lex Luthor from amassing a big cargo of biological warfare weaponry. Obviously, this scenario doesn't necessarily mean that Luthor is ever intended to appear and, besides that, there are months still ahead for the Suicide Squad production to fit in a scene or two with Lex Luthor but the fuzz on Jesse Eisenberg's head has cast some doubts in some people's mind.

Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor.
Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor.

This Suicide Squad plot leak was a good indication that Batman vs Superman was paving the road to Suicide Squad. It will be interesting to see if there are hints in Batman vs Superman about how far Lex Luthor is willing to go to keep the metahuman threat at bay. Will we see him plotting this biological weapon attack while he's building his zombie Zod version of Doomsday?

An Eastwood for the Batman vs Superman Age

But there wasn't any indication that Suicide Squad was paving the way for Wonder Woman or Justice League until the announcement of Scott Eastwood being cast. You don't have to take more than a couple glances at the New 52 interpretation of Steve Trevor to realize that those rumors are probably 100% true. The guy in those comic book panels looks so much like Scott Eastwood you wonder which idea came first.

This new version of Steve Trevor in the DC comic books also makes this character the perfect fit for Suicide Squad. More than that, he makes for the perfect DC version of Agent Coulson - the guy who pops up throughout the DC Phase One to tie the whole thing together.

Steve Trevor is DC's Agent Coulson.
Steve Trevor is DC's Agent Coulson.

In the current canon, Steve Trevor isn't just the guy who gets romantically involved with Wonder Woman, he's the guy who is the ambassador for the Justice League and tries to keep the US government and the world leaders from completely freaking out over the fact that there are threats from other worlds and that it's a good thing that the metahumans of the Justice League have it under control.

This is truly a sign that DC is looking to establish a forward moving continuity with their movies and decreases the chances that Wonder Woman will be an origin story that would result in a prequel to Batman vs Superman. It really does seem that DC and Warner Bros have learned a thing or two from the success of Marvel.

What do you think? Will [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) be the beginning of a legitimate cinematic universe that will bypass the origin story in favor of a forward moving story arc? Is [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870) going to establish the real movie that proves DC and Warner Bros plan? Take the comments, dear readers!


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