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New details on Lex Luthor's physical appearance in Batman v Superman

Jun. 18, 2014by:

While many are still arguing and debating over the casting of Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot in BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE, Jesse Eisenberg is still the most intriguing actor to discuss in Zack Snyder's ambitious superhero film. Eisenberg does not meet the physical characteristics we have come to associate with Superman's nemesis and we have been hearing a lot of theories as to how he will be portrayed uniquely in the follow-up to MAN OF STEEL.

A couple of reports on shooting currently taking place for BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE has yielded corroboration for previous theories as to how Lex Luthor will appear in the film as well as some new details about what hairstyle he will (or will not) be sporting in the movie. First up is this tidbit from Batman-News:

Eisenberg has a lot of hair. Its not Eisenbergs typical curly look its a bit longer, kind of loose and wavy, and its dirty blonde. Eisenbergs Luthor has spastic mannerisms, like a 20-something guy that pounds energy drinks all day.

That immediately made me think of his hairstyle in NOW YOU SEE ME. This obviously will upset long time fans of the bald Lex from every iteration of the character we have seen in comics, movies, television, and animation, but that does not mean he may not end up bald by the end of the film.

ComicBook.com supports the same details from their source while also indicating that the scenes being shot at the Google/Facebook-esque LexCorp office features Lx shooting a basketball and sinking the shot before turning to shake hands with a senator. The senator in question is said to be played by Holly Hunter, somewhat confirming her role in the film. Here are some more Lex details.

[Lex is] a slimy businessman we can all despise. You are going to hate this guy. You are going to root for him to be punched by Supes when he weasels his way out of legal trouble. He is cocky and confident because he is THAT good at what he does. Hes a billionaire who knows he is more powerful than the Senator and Congressman visiting because hes a billionaire.

All in all, I am about as affected by this news as I was by the shifting of Perry White to a non-Caucasian actor and Jimmy Olsen becoming Jenny Olsen. In the end, times change and shifts like this do not disrupt or ruin the film, at least for me. As long as Lex is an evil motherf*cker and a worthy opponent to Superman, I am all in.

BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE hits theaters on May 6, 2016.

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5:28PM on 06/19/2014

In a perfect world:

Batman: Sam Worthington
Superman: Jai Courtney
WW: Emma Stone
Lex: The Rock
Joker: Shia LeBoeuf
Gambit: Channing Tatum
Alfred: CGI voiced by Vin Diesel
Batman: Sam Worthington
Superman: Jai Courtney
WW: Emma Stone
Lex: The Rock
Joker: Shia LeBoeuf
Gambit: Channing Tatum
Alfred: CGI voiced by Vin Diesel
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2:31PM on 06/22/2014
Here is why fanboys would yell and scream "shame" if any of your choices were actually chosen...

Batman: Sam Worthington - Not an American! I'm not one either, but we know Americans will complain about that one.

Superman: Jai Courtney - No talent at all, was decent in Spartacus because anyone is good in Spartacus. Die Hard? zzzzzzzzz

WW: Emma Stone - Petite... Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't WW a descendant of the Amazonians? Emma Stone does not look like an Amazonian at all, nor
Here is why fanboys would yell and scream "shame" if any of your choices were actually chosen...

Batman: Sam Worthington - Not an American! I'm not one either, but we know Americans will complain about that one.

Superman: Jai Courtney - No talent at all, was decent in Spartacus because anyone is good in Spartacus. Die Hard? zzzzzzzzz

WW: Emma Stone - Petite... Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't WW a descendant of the Amazonians? Emma Stone does not look like an Amazonian at all, nor does Gadot.

Lex: The Rock - If the complaint with Eisenberg is his size and hair then ok fine you've corrected that with the Rock. But an American-Samoan Lex Luthor? You know purists won't buy into it. (I like the idea personally, but this isn't about me).

Joker: Shia Laboeuf - Again, no talent ass clown. The guy cannot act and when he does squeeze out something it ends up looking like a Cleveland Steamer.

Gambit: Channing Tatum - Ok, that one is fair.

Alfred: CGI voiced by Vin Diesel - People will complain about the lack of a British accent - you know, because servants are all British in movies.

Again, not saying I don't agree with your suggestions, but this is why people would hate it. Then again, I guess if you try hard enough, you can hate anything :)
11:53AM on 06/19/2014
It doesn't really matter, because Man of Steel was pants.
It doesn't really matter, because Man of Steel was pants.
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9:53AM on 06/19/2014
'You are going to hate this guy...'

I already do. Already do...
'You are going to hate this guy...'

I already do. Already do...
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12:17PM on 06/19/2014
Mission accomplished, then.
Mission accomplished, then.
9:22AM on 06/19/2014

wig

might be a wig, either way i just cant wait to see some footage from this what kind of comic fan is pump for this?
might be a wig, either way i just cant wait to see some footage from this what kind of comic fan is pump for this?
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8:28AM on 06/19/2014
"Eisenbergs Luthor has spastic mannerisms, like a 20-something guy that pounds energy drinks all day."

Sounds like every role Eisenberg has ever played. I'm getting tired of his schtick.
"Eisenbergs Luthor has spastic mannerisms, like a 20-something guy that pounds energy drinks all day."

Sounds like every role Eisenberg has ever played. I'm getting tired of his schtick.
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4:55AM on 06/19/2014
I like what I'm hearing about the character so far. It sounds like WB/DC are really taking their time and working to make the character the best that he can be.
I like what I'm hearing about the character so far. It sounds like WB/DC are really taking their time and working to make the character the best that he can be.
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3:22AM on 06/19/2014
I agree with the writers last paragraph. I don't care about Lex being bald. But just being a billionaire and an evil mother fucker doesn't make him a worthy opponent of Supes really whatsoever. Lex is my favorite villain, and he's kinda be in really good shape who wants to be the perfect human in every way ever, and Supes shows up, and it infuriates him and makes him less famous. I thought the casting could be good, but now it's sounding like he's gonna do his social network thing again and
I agree with the writers last paragraph. I don't care about Lex being bald. But just being a billionaire and an evil mother fucker doesn't make him a worthy opponent of Supes really whatsoever. Lex is my favorite villain, and he's kinda be in really good shape who wants to be the perfect human in every way ever, and Supes shows up, and it infuriates him and makes him less famous. I thought the casting could be good, but now it's sounding like he's gonna do his social network thing again and just be a whiny bitch, not someone who would walk right up to Supes and poke him in his chest. It sounds like he's gonna run away from Supes, and that's a shame if so... Entire movie and DC set up is a sounding like that
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11:08PM on 06/18/2014

Does he have to be bald?

I didn't see anyone complain that James Mcavoy wasn't bald for Professor X. Who knows, he could be bald at the end.
I didn't see anyone complain that James Mcavoy wasn't bald for Professor X. Who knows, he could be bald at the end.
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3:28AM on 06/19/2014
He doesn't. I think anyone who thinks that doesn't really understand his character and only seen it via spacey, Hackman, superman cartoons, etc.. Visuals don't equal the character, the motivations, insecurities, POV, etc do. More than anything, I think I'll be disappointed with Lex. Especially since I imagine he'll end up being the big bad in the movie. I liked mos a lot, and the Affleck casting, but now I'm leaning towards hater on all this.
He doesn't. I think anyone who thinks that doesn't really understand his character and only seen it via spacey, Hackman, superman cartoons, etc.. Visuals don't equal the character, the motivations, insecurities, POV, etc do. More than anything, I think I'll be disappointed with Lex. Especially since I imagine he'll end up being the big bad in the movie. I liked mos a lot, and the Affleck casting, but now I'm leaning towards hater on all this.
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10:37PM on 06/18/2014
I'm not surprised. Everything about this movie has been like one bad joke.
I'm not surprised. Everything about this movie has been like one bad joke.
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9:23PM on 06/18/2014
In the classic Superboy comics, an accident in which Superboy knocked over a bottle of acid which caused Lex's baldness resulted in Lex becoming evil. [link]
In the classic Superboy comics, an accident in which Superboy knocked over a bottle of acid which caused Lex's baldness resulted in Lex becoming evil. [link]
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5:36AM on 06/19/2014
So it's true then. Baldness is the source of all evil!
So it's true then. Baldness is the source of all evil!
8:32PM on 06/19/2014
I love that his whole motivation is revenge for becoming bald. And from there, Lex goes on to become one of the most ruthless and fearsome villains in the whole DC Universe, a universe that's also home to Darkseid and the Joker.
I love that his whole motivation is revenge for becoming bald. And from there, Lex goes on to become one of the most ruthless and fearsome villains in the whole DC Universe, a universe that's also home to Darkseid and the Joker.
9:19PM on 06/18/2014
Right now, instead of thinking about how Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor I'd rather imagine how his bald Zombieland co-star Woody Harrelson would have played the part. It would be either a gritty performance or hilariously awesome and I would have watched either of that.
Right now, instead of thinking about how Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor I'd rather imagine how his bald Zombieland co-star Woody Harrelson would have played the part. It would be either a gritty performance or hilariously awesome and I would have watched either of that.
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10:39PM on 06/18/2014
Or Matthew McConaughey "Alright,alright,alright."
Or Matthew McConaughey "Alright,alright,alright."
7:35PM on 06/18/2014

Ugh

Make him bald or don't use him at all in the movie. Luthor was def miscast.
Make him bald or don't use him at all in the movie. Luthor was def miscast.
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7:32PM on 06/18/2014

I was hoping for a more intimidating Lex.....

I thought Michael Rooker would have made an outstanding Lex. He has prowess and he owns every seen he is in. I can see Rooker's Lex standing in Superman's face. Lex hates Superman because Superman is an alien. To be short, Lex is a racist and we have all seen how well Rooker can pull that off. Plus rooker looks bad ass bald and ripped (Mallrats). But alas....it was not meant to be. I hope Zuckerberg rocks it.
I thought Michael Rooker would have made an outstanding Lex. He has prowess and he owns every seen he is in. I can see Rooker's Lex standing in Superman's face. Lex hates Superman because Superman is an alien. To be short, Lex is a racist and we have all seen how well Rooker can pull that off. Plus rooker looks bad ass bald and ripped (Mallrats). But alas....it was not meant to be. I hope Zuckerberg rocks it.
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7:27PM on 06/18/2014

Are we Sucker?

Is there any possibility what so ever that he is playing the role exactly as described, but he is Lex Luthor Junior? And it's Daddy that everyone fears?
I wouldn't mind that twist if we get an awesome older actor playing Dad.
Is there any possibility what so ever that he is playing the role exactly as described, but he is Lex Luthor Junior? And it's Daddy that everyone fears?
I wouldn't mind that twist if we get an awesome older actor playing Dad.
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6:50PM on 06/18/2014
Enraged crowd: "Rabble rabble rabble!"
Mayor: "People you cant just stand outside my office shouting rabble rabble."
Enraged crowd: "But we don't know what else to do! Rabble rabble rabble!"
Enraged crowd: "Rabble rabble rabble!"
Mayor: "People you cant just stand outside my office shouting rabble rabble."
Enraged crowd: "But we don't know what else to do! Rabble rabble rabble!"
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6:23PM on 06/18/2014
Sooooo, he's playing Mark Zuckerberg again?
Sooooo, he's playing Mark Zuckerberg again?
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8:44PM on 06/18/2014
But more spastic and less evil.
But more spastic and less evil.
6:16PM on 06/18/2014
I just want a Lex that will be intimidating. Nothing about Eisenberg intimidates me, and I'm like half his size. I really want the movie to be awesome, and I don't have much a problem with Eisenberg's acting, but I just struggle to see why they'd go this route on such an iconic character
I just want a Lex that will be intimidating. Nothing about Eisenberg intimidates me, and I'm like half his size. I really want the movie to be awesome, and I don't have much a problem with Eisenberg's acting, but I just struggle to see why they'd go this route on such an iconic character
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6:24PM on 06/18/2014
I don't necessarily agree that he needs to be intimidating (Hackman definitely wasn't) but he definitely needs a strong presence to him
I don't necessarily agree that he needs to be intimidating (Hackman definitely wasn't) but he definitely needs a strong presence to him
7:01PM on 06/18/2014
Woops, misread your comment. Yeah, I think the older films have a different flair to them though that just can't really be recreated well in this day and age
Woops, misread your comment. Yeah, I think the older films have a different flair to them though that just can't really be recreated well in this day and age
7:30PM on 06/18/2014
I was rooting for an intimidating Lex as well.
I was rooting for an intimidating Lex as well.
7:34PM on 06/18/2014
Yeah, well Hackman is a fantastic actor, no doubt about that, but for my money his Lex Luthor majorly sucked. Not the way that Hackman portrayed him, but just the way he was written. Nothing about him made him a worthy adversary for Superman. He skated by in the first film, but in all of the sequels he had to rely on Super-powered henchman because there was just no real way for him to even come close to going toe-to-toe with Superman, and I'm not just talking about from a physical standpoint.
Yeah, well Hackman is a fantastic actor, no doubt about that, but for my money his Lex Luthor majorly sucked. Not the way that Hackman portrayed him, but just the way he was written. Nothing about him made him a worthy adversary for Superman. He skated by in the first film, but in all of the sequels he had to rely on Super-powered henchman because there was just no real way for him to even come close to going toe-to-toe with Superman, and I'm not just talking about from a physical standpoint. He just wasn't much of a match for Supes in any regard. If the rumors had been true about other actors like Bryan Cranston, or my personal favorite, Denzel Washinton, playing Lex than would he be able to take Superman in a fight? Heck no, but you'd still be able to buy that this is someone that could present a legitimate danger to him.
6:00PM on 06/18/2014
So basically a shifty Tony Stark...I can see that working.
So basically a shifty Tony Stark...I can see that working.
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5:34PM on 06/18/2014
`a slimy businessman we can all despise. You are going to hate this guy. You are going to root for him to be punched by Supes.`"

So he`s playing a typical version of Lex Luthor then.
`a slimy businessman we can all despise. You are going to hate this guy. You are going to root for him to be punched by Supes.`"

So he`s playing a typical version of Lex Luthor then.
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5:22PM on 06/18/2014
"spastic mannerisms, like a 20-something guy that pounds energy drinks all day" So Eisenberg will be his usual Eisenbergy self
"spastic mannerisms, like a 20-something guy that pounds energy drinks all day" So Eisenberg will be his usual Eisenbergy self
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5:36PM on 06/18/2014
But more spastic.
But more spastic.
4:58PM on 06/18/2014
I HATED his character in 'Now You See Me' and was hoping he wouldn't be reiterating the same shtick. However, if he's going to be as douche-y in 'BvS' as he was in that movie, I guess it could work considering we're SUPPOSED to be despising him.
I HATED his character in 'Now You See Me' and was hoping he wouldn't be reiterating the same shtick. However, if he's going to be as douche-y in 'BvS' as he was in that movie, I guess it could work considering we're SUPPOSED to be despising him.
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4:56PM on 06/18/2014
He'll loose his hair at one point or another in the film, it's kinda predictable really.
He'll loose his hair at one point or another in the film, it's kinda predictable really.
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4:53PM on 06/18/2014
*fart noises*
*fart noises*
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4:23PM on 06/18/2014

Got the Wrong Guy

Dear Hollywood,
We said HEISENBERG, not Eisenberg
Dear Hollywood,
We said HEISENBERG, not Eisenberg
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4:11PM on 06/18/2014
I feel like the scenes I saw of Doppelganger prove he's a good fit for this role. Funny thing though, I can see him in my mind's eye with a bald cap. I personally don't care if Lex Luther is bald or not, but then again I'm not as big of a DC fan as I am Marvel.
I'm still meh about the movie, I was not a fan of Man of Steel as far as it being a Superman movie. I thought it was a really neat sci-fi movie, but when I can't ignore the fact that it's actually Superman I have to turn it off.
I feel like the scenes I saw of Doppelganger prove he's a good fit for this role. Funny thing though, I can see him in my mind's eye with a bald cap. I personally don't care if Lex Luther is bald or not, but then again I'm not as big of a DC fan as I am Marvel.
I'm still meh about the movie, I was not a fan of Man of Steel as far as it being a Superman movie. I thought it was a really neat sci-fi movie, but when I can't ignore the fact that it's actually Superman I have to turn it off.
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4:06PM on 06/18/2014
I'm sure he will do well and I actually like him as an actor a lot but honestly Bryan Cranston would have killed it as Lex Luthor. .
I'm sure he will do well and I actually like him as an actor a lot but honestly Bryan Cranston would have killed it as Lex Luthor. .
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3:11PM on 06/18/2014
What's funny is he would have made the perfect Jimmy Olsen.

I'm still on the fence about his casting, but I'm remaining optimistic about it. Hopefully he'll knock it out of the park.

And that fan made poster of Lex looks more like Matt Damon then Jesse Eisenberg.
What's funny is he would have made the perfect Jimmy Olsen.

I'm still on the fence about his casting, but I'm remaining optimistic about it. Hopefully he'll knock it out of the park.

And that fan made poster of Lex looks more like Matt Damon then Jesse Eisenberg.
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3:03PM on 06/18/2014
They seem to be going with the New 52 Lex - younger, fidgety tech-genius who drinks Red Bull by the gallon. Not my favorite version of the character, but even that version is pretty damn evil. Wonder if it'll be a Kryptonite experiment gone wrong that takes his hair away, like in the 40s comics.
They seem to be going with the New 52 Lex - younger, fidgety tech-genius who drinks Red Bull by the gallon. Not my favorite version of the character, but even that version is pretty damn evil. Wonder if it'll be a Kryptonite experiment gone wrong that takes his hair away, like in the 40s comics.
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2:58PM on 06/18/2014
My guess is that the hair will be gone by the end of the film.
My guess is that the hair will be gone by the end of the film.
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2:59PM on 06/18/2014
No doubt.
No doubt.
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