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The two different sides of Lex Luthor’s face in the official ‘Batman v Superman’ image (Discussion)

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Look closely, look at his eyes, and you will see two very different sides in this official image of Lex Luthor from Batman v Superman. The left side looks evil and menacing, whereas the right side looks sympathetic and almost frightened. So let’s discuss the duality of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor!

There’s been a lot of speculation surrounding Jessie Eisenberg’s portayal of Lex Luthor in the upcoming Batman v Superman movie. Would he just be like Mark Zuckerberg 2.0? Would he be bald? Would he be like Gene Hackman Lex? Maybe more like All-Star Superman Lex? And now we have some kind of idea of what type of Lex Luthor he will be from this image.

At first when I saw the image, I can’t say I was overly excited. It was Jessie Eisenberg bald…cool. But then after looking a little more closely at the picture, you can see that there was more of a reveal than we thought about at first. Jessie Eisenberg has two very distinct facial expressions in this image on the different sides of his face. Here’s a better look:

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As you can see, each side of his face portrays a different image. The left image is menacing, and looks like Lex is mad about something (perhaps about a certain alien destroying his city).  The right image looks like Lex is a little fractured in the soul (perhaps because a certain alien has single-handedly destroyed his perception of his world and his self).

So what does this duality of the image say about what type of Lex Luthor we’re going to be getting in Batman v Superman? It makes me believe that we won’t get the boring, mustache twirling Lex Luthor we sometimes get. You know, evil just because he’s evil. Boring motivations like wanting more money etc. From this, I’m guessing we’ll be getting a Lex Luthor that is a little more complicated than that, which I like.

In Zack Snyder’s interview he went on to say that this version of Lex Luthor “says what he believes and he says what’s on his mind. If you can unravel the string and decipher what he means, it’s all there.”

lex luthor character analysisI’ve always liked the idea of a Lex Luthor who hates Superman because he believes he is a danger to natural human progression and evolution. Which he uses as an excuse on the surface, but really he hates Superman as he poses a threat to the self-image Lex has constructed for himself. Lex views himself as the peak of human condition, the example that the rest of humanity should strive to be. But then here comes this perfect alien who may actually be a better example than him, which he doesn’t like.

Lex Luthor is best written when he genuinely wants to help humanity, in his own twisted way. Where he views himself as the good guy, and Superman as the bad guy. And this image captures the essence of that type of Lex Luthor.

And yes, it’s only an image, and there is only so much you can gain from it, but this dual image, along with Snyder’s comments, allude to the portrayal of a Lex that isn’t just the cliche bad guy we often see. 

Anyways each official image release of Batman v Superman have been pretty interesting, so I’m definitely looking forward to the first trailer…which will hopefully premiere at WonderCon *fingers crossed*.

If you want to know about the character of Lex Luthor you can check out my character analysis of Lex Luthor here.



6 replies »

  1. That’s exactly how I see Lex Luthor; couldn’t have put it better myself. Let’s hope we actually get that in the movie (which I’m still on the fence about and desperately need to see a trailer for).


    • Yupp definitely hoping for that type of lex
      This trailer better come soon because it will be really good to see the type of characters this movie is giving us


  2. I totally agree, Lex is best when you can see yourself agreeing with him up until the “…and that’s why we need to kill Superman” part. And c’mon, don’t we all want at least a *little* mustache twirling from him? 😉

    I’ll be honest, I don’t see the fractured soul your attributing to the image on the right. To me it looks like Serious Lex and Seriously Angry Lex. I’d love to see a more nuanced Lex on screen, but I’m not sure how much room for nuanced character work there’s going to be in a movie that includes most of the Justice League and at least Lex Luthor, if not more villains. I’m skeptical, but after being so spectacularly wrong about Heath Ledger’s casting as the Joker, I refuse to pass judgment until I see the finished product. And I second the call for a trailer!


    • Hmm fair enough, I don’t think we’re going to see much of the other Justice League members anyways, so I’m hoping they give more focus on Lex. It will be really great to get more smaller moments with Lex to flesh out his character. I have faith in this movie, so fingers crossed it’s another Heath Ledger type situation


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