He may be behind bars in a fetching orange jumpsuit, but you know what they say: you can't hold a good villain down...
A new post on the Instagram account of LexCorp hints at the possibility that Lex Luthor will find some way to make his presence felt in DC's movies going forward. Check out the cryptic message, posted Monday evening:
We hope we haven't lost you as our valuable client. #LexCorp Something big is coming. Our newest project will be fully functioning by 2017. Thank you for standing by our side. #timeforchange"
The post has since been deleted but 2017, strangely enough, is when Justice League Part One arrives - and connecting the dots, it seems Lex's reign of terror may not be over just yet...
A Lex Luthor theory: Insane enough to be true?
Something struck me while thinking about the deleted scene Communion, specifically the moment when Luthor turns to see the special forces team who've boarded the Krypton ship. If you look closely, Lex doesn't actually seem overly surprised to find their red lasers resting on him. If anything, he appears more fearful, perhaps reeling from his communication with Steppenwolf.
Considering how every event that leads up to the fight between Caped Crusader and Man of Steel in Batman v Superman has been carefully orchestrated by Lex, is it really much of a stretch to imagine that, for whatever reasons, he actually planned his own imprisonment?
I don't know what his endgame might be, but with Lex inside the heat is taken off him, leaving the young billionaire free to hatch another scheme. Anyway, anyone who's seen Prison Break knows there's always a way out.
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Another theory: What if the "new project" teased by LexCorp is a takeover? Bruce Wayne is wealthy enough that purchasing a stake in Luthor's company would be small change to him, but it could provide him with crucial access to all of the files Lex has assembled during his research on metahumans. Remember what Zack Snyder had to say about how the Justice League comes together?
"I wanted Bruce Wayne to build the Justice League ... I just feel like Bruce Wayne having to go out and find these seven samurai by himself, that’s a lot more interesting [than Superman doing it]."
Having every piece of info assembled on the future Justice League gang - rather than just a short video for each with a logo lovingly designed on Adobe Illustrator (yay for multi-talented Lex!) - would be a major advantage for Bruce.
It seems LexCorp and, by extension, Luthor himself, are here to stay in Snyder's DC Universe, which is excellent news if you like hyper, attention-starved business prodigies with daddy issues who speak exclusively in religious allegories and, well, very bad news if you don't.