Everything we’ve heard so far about the incarnation of Lex Luthor and LexCorp in Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice points to a new kind of evil corporation based on the public images of companies like Google and Facebook. For starters, Superman’s nemesis will be played by Jesse Eisenberg, whose most noteworthy role to date is Mark Zuckerberg in The Social Network.
Early rumors from the set of Batman V Superman described LexCorp as a “young” and “edgy” company with a “youthful clash of rock and roll, preppy, and nerdy employees.” Eisenberg, of course, is much younger than the Lex portrayed in the comic books and previous films, and now the latest details from on-set sources claim that he has a full and lustrous head of hair to complete his youthful, trendy look.
ComicBook.com and Batman News have received corroborating reports from the set of Batman V Superman, saying that Eisenberg has long, slightly wavy, dirty blond hair that’s very different to his usual tight curls. There are also some new details about his personality, with Batman News‘ source saying he “has spastic mannerisms, like a 20-something guy that pounds energy drinks all day.” ComicBook.com‘s source reports that Holly Hunter was on set, and that her character is a U.S. Senator (not Leslie Thompkins, as previously rumored) who visits LexCorp and gets treated very rudely by its CEO. The source elaborates:
“[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. He’s a billionaire who knows he is more powerful than the Senator and Congressman visiting because he’s a billionaire.”
We’ve already seen the outside of the LexCorp building in set photos, and the new reports indicate that the interiors match Lex’s personality. Multiple sources state that the building has a basketball court in the lobby so that Lex can shoot hoops whenever he feels like it (and presumably have the basketball taken outside and shot if he misses). We wouldn’t be surprised to hear the that LexCorp office workers who were recently cast are forced to wear ironic T-shirts and sit in beanbag chairs while they work.
Evil has to have a schedule, of course, and ComicBook.com reports that Lex’s personal assistant and bodyguard, Mercy Graves, is in the movie and will be played by Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine). In the comic books and animated series, Graves is depicted as being both highly intelligent and extremely adept at combat. In Superman: The Animated Series she wore a chauffeur’s uniform, but that look may not fit with LexCorp’s new “colorful and consumer friendly public image.”
Of course, keep in mind that all of this is still only rumor until we see set photos or official stills confirming any of it. It does run counter to the much earlier rumors that Luthor would be a bald, tattooed, ex-street tough, but a hyper-caffeinated evil tech nerd seems like a much better fit for Eisenberg’s acting talents.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on May 6, 2016.