So we all know (or at least, we think we know) what the deal is with the upcoming and hugely anticipated DC blockbuster [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870). After all, the trailers haven't exactly left much to the imagination.
But some new Batman v Superman exclusive first look footage was released just the other day courtesy of The CW network. The video is below, so check it out if you haven't seen it already.
Alright, that was pretty neat. As well as expanding on bits and pieces that we'd seen before we got quite a lot of nice elaboration on the motivations behind the two powerhouse characters and how they clash. But there's also some interesting stuff revealed about the film's "corner stone bad guy" - Lex Luthor (Jesse Eisenberg).
You might think that in a film about the ideological clash between Superman (Henry Cavill) and Batman (Ben Affleck) there wouldn't be much of a need for a villain as iconic and imposing as Lex Luthor, but there has to be some external force for the two to rage against as they come together to form the Justice League. We've already seen Lex's take on Doomsday, but what else is he up in Dawn of Justice?
Lex's Got Some Kryptonite
Ah, that old chestnut.
So way back when the first Batman vs Superman trailer dropped there was a rather odd scene of Superman literally kneeling before Lex (who waves his hand over Supe's head in a weirdly creepy manner). You know the one.
Alright so, we've wondered what this was all about for a while. The fact that we saw Lex hanging out with some kryptonite in both the Comic Con trailer and again in this first look footage did seem to suggest that he might've been using the kryptonite to control Superman somehow, forcing him to kneel.
But there's not much in this clip to suggest that Superman is under any control; for one thing there's no kryptonite, for another Supes looks pretty damn pissed off at Lex when he looks up at him. Could the kneeling have something to do with a show of allegiance? Perhaps the two are teaming up to go after Batman together? After all, Clark Kent and Lex Luthor were originally friends in the comic books, until Lex lost his hair and went a bit mental and super villain-y (don't mess with a mans hair).
But why would Lex go after Batman I hear you cry? Well here's where it gets interesting...
Lex Has Got It Out For Batman Too
So we all know Lex as Superman's arch rival and primary antagonist but he's had more than his fair share of clashes with other superheroes, Batman included. And this seems to be the case here too as Lex's rivalry with Bruce Wayne goes beyond just the corporate.
Before this extended teaser dropped we assumed that Lex was using Batman as a pawn in his schemes against Superman, but it looks like it might be the other way around, or at least he's planning on taking out both heroes.
So Bruce and Lex are business rivals now. And Jesse Eisenberg has explained that Lex is "competitive with" and has learned everything about Bruce, whilst he simply "hates" Superman. Either way clearly he is the one manipulating things from the shadows, and the voiceover placement combined with the footage sets it up to suggest that it's Lex who sent Bruce that note we saw in the first trailer, the one that we assumed was from the Joker and possibly referencing the death of Jason Todd.
This might just be a coincidence of editing, but if so its really damn coincidental, or perhaps a red herring.
So, does Lex know that Bruce is in fact Batman? Director Zack Synder describes him as a "puppet master"...
"[Lex is] kinda the puppet master, kinda controlling these two heroes, forcing them into conflict."
It's hard to tell but one thing is for sure; despite his awkward chatter and lack of villionous charisma Lex is certainly not a force to be taken lightly, playing these two giants off against each other and picking up the pieces when they fall.
We can't wait to see what his role will be when Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice finally hits cinemas March 25, 2016.