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Fortune has posted a faux interview with Lex Luthor that reveals some intriguing new details on Jesse Eisenberg's BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE character. The profile piece describes Alexander Joseph Luthor Jr. as a "31-year-old wunderkind" and "jeans-wearing genius" who is "equally at ease rappelling the climbing wall in his employee 'inspiration station' and coding in 'the crucible': the cutting-edge R & D lab where the baby-faced billionaire verbally extemporizes computer code like Miles Davis improvising a trumpet solo."

Luthor on the evolution of LexCorp:

Dad named the company after himself ten years before I made my unexpected entrance into his life. But investors seemed to respond to the idea of an adoring father building a legacy for his precious son. He used that to his advantage. It was a good shtick and, whatever else he was, he was a good businessman.

According to the article, Lex Luthor Jr. took over the company after his dad, an "East German émigré," passed away unexpectedly in 2000. He says Luthor Sr. was "a complicated guy" and that “He came from a country where the government, in the guise of protector, had absolute control over the citizens. That drove him. I get it. Heck, I’d hate to see that sort of thing happen over here.” Luthor reportedly said that while passing "a tasteful display of his world-famous collection of meteorite crystals."

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Luthor Jr. changed the direction of LexCorp from oil and heavy machinery to tech after his father died, and the company "has quickly become the second largest emerging technology corporation in the world next to Wayne Enterprises." LexCorp is one of the top three charitable corporations in America, behind Wayne Enterprises and Kord Industries (Ted Kord/Blue Beetle's multinational firm), and while Wayne's company has "shied away from military contracts in the last decade," Luthor believes we need to be properly prepared for an attack.

It’s a necessity. We live in the most dangerous point of time in all of human history. Statistically speaking, it’s a near certainty that another world-changing crisis is hurtling toward us like a speeding bullet. We have to be ready to defend ourselves. No civilization was ever conquered by having a strong military.

Luthor went on to tease that LexCorp is "on the cusp of unveiling a technology that will change the world forever.”

It’s about safety. This is a product that will protect you, and everyone, from threats you don’t even know about yet. I don’t want to scare anybody… much. But there are a lot of threats out there, and they’re here today.

Luthor also now has his very own Twitter, and it'll be interesting to see what he shares on his account. What are your thoughts on this interview with Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor?

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE will be in theaters on March 25, 2016.

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Source: Fortune

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2:47AM on 10/08/2015
I'm a big fan of MOS, enjoyed it massively; I've been collecting comics for 30 years, with Action Comics being one of my regular pulls, was a kid when the Donner films came out, loved them. Liked almost everything about "Returns", except the kid angle, and as good as Spacey was, felt Luthor has been overplayed as a cinematic villain. I have major reservations about Eisenberg; they're having trouble selling me on him, even with this admittedly creative "article". The one thing that made me smile
I'm a big fan of MOS, enjoyed it massively; I've been collecting comics for 30 years, with Action Comics being one of my regular pulls, was a kid when the Donner films came out, loved them. Liked almost everything about "Returns", except the kid angle, and as good as Spacey was, felt Luthor has been overplayed as a cinematic villain. I have major reservations about Eisenberg; they're having trouble selling me on him, even with this admittedly creative "article". The one thing that made me smile though, was mention of Kord Industries. Makes the hope of a "Blue & Gold" movie come that much truer.
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3:16PM on 10/06/2015
While my biggest concern is how they treat the heroes (particularly Superman), Lex Luthor is actually what I'm most curious and excited to see. Considering the last movie, there seems like real potential to play him off as an initially sympathetic character, though I do wonder what Bruce Wayne's take on him is.
While my biggest concern is how they treat the heroes (particularly Superman), Lex Luthor is actually what I'm most curious and excited to see. Considering the last movie, there seems like real potential to play him off as an initially sympathetic character, though I do wonder what Bruce Wayne's take on him is.
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1:42PM on 10/06/2015
"This is a product that will protect you..."
"This is a product that will protect you..."
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8:57PM on 10/06/2015
Got a feeling it's something along the lines of Lex's battle suit.
Got a feeling it's something along the lines of Lex's battle suit.
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1:26PM on 10/06/2015
I'm thinking he likely killed his father. I also dig how real world they're making him. I know I'm in the minority on that it just helps me relate and I have more fun when I wonder what our world would be like if these heroes existed.
I'm thinking he likely killed his father. I also dig how real world they're making him. I know I'm in the minority on that it just helps me relate and I have more fun when I wonder what our world would be like if these heroes existed.
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1:10PM on 10/06/2015
SO he's basically Steve Jobs & Mark Zuckerberg all rolled into one? I'll have to see some more footage, seems like a different take on Luthor.
SO he's basically Steve Jobs & Mark Zuckerberg all rolled into one? I'll have to see some more footage, seems like a different take on Luthor.
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12:53PM on 10/06/2015
Great to see them stepping up their marketing for this film, but like many of us, I still can't get past Eisenberg doing this character.
Great to see them stepping up their marketing for this film, but like many of us, I still can't get past Eisenberg doing this character.
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10:50AM on 10/06/2015
I really like the direction they're going with this, its just that Eisenberg is such a tool.
I really like the direction they're going with this, its just that Eisenberg is such a tool.
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