Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice is and will forever be the most polarizing superhero film of all-time. The film is filled with a crazy amount of horrible editing, terrible linear story-telling and puzzling character representation. Most noticeably the one character that caused a lot of outrage was Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor.
I for one was shocked with his casting since I was on the Bryan Cranston bandwagon and the actors I wanted for the role like Ed Norton , Mark Strong and Billy Zane (Who looks so much like Clancy Brown's Lex you want to punch him). But after I watched The Social Network were Eisenberg played Mark Zuckerberg I was convinced Eisenberg could blow me away as the greedy narcissistic egomanic that comics and cartoons taught me about Lex Luthor.
After watching #BatmanVSuperman I was stunned how awful his take on the character was. I don't but the blame on Eisenberg at all since that goes to Snyder , Terrio and Goyer. I also have seen the Ultimate Cut and I've seen it numerous times but even with that I can't get the taste of granny's peach tea out of mouth (Whose idea was it to include a jar of pea as a plot device-that guy needs to be fired).
The character is a interesting one regardless of his abundance of flaws since he is unlike any version of Lex we have seen. It really made me study his Lex and theorize as to why Snyder elected to go this route with the character. Immediately after the first watch the character reminded me of Martin Shkreli , The infamous pharmaceutical executive who raised a $13 dollar pill that helps people with weak immune systems like Aids patients to $750 because he's a morally corrupt human being.
I also thought maybe this Lex was a mixture of many other Superman villains like Toyman , Maxwell Lord and Gene Hackman's Lex Luthor. Many of my friends thought he was a fan of Jim Carrey's Ed Nygma in Batman Forever.
After doing some research and mindless digging on the web I discovered a character that Snyder and company might have used for inspiration for their version of Lex. The character that I am talking about is...
This obscure villain was created by the legendary Jack Kirby to be one of the members of Darkseid's Elite. You might be familiar with the Young Justice version of the character voiced by the iconic Tim Curry , that version was more of a british Bill O'Reilly than the version I'm going to get into.
According to the DC wikia website the character is a revelationist, and his power is the ability to persuade minds. This is accomplished by charismatic rhetoric that brainwashes his victims.
Sound familiar? Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor was very preachy and quoted scriptures from the bible , greek mythology and other works that would make him come off as a powerful speaker.
Also DC wikia writes that Godfrey was integral in Darkseid's attempts to deprive Earth of its heroes in which Godfrey assume the identity of G. Gordon Godfrey and hosted a massive smear campaign towards the heroes, which proved to be so successful that led to a law of outlawing superhero activities -but failed as Godfrey was then incarcerated to Belle Reve before being broken free and returned to Apokolips...Which also happen to Lex in BvS and he will probably be broken free to work under Darkseid in Apokolips.
If you are still not sold on my theory then this should help sell you. In the end of Batman V Superman Lex tells this Batman this eerie quote that describes a NEW god. Lex in this quote is describing the coming of Darkseid.
You can watch the full scene here below.
It's clear and even more so with the news that Jesse Eisenberg will reprise his role as Lex in Justice League that Lex is a conduit for Darkseid. Lex Luthor of the comics never really associated himself with Darkseid and if he did he wouldn't call him a god or someone superior to him. This version of Lex isn't a leader and with that he is more so similar to the follower Glorious Godfrey. This version talks highly of the coming of Darkseid and raves about him like an obnoxious preteen would about a boy band coming to town.
If my theory is right and this version of Lex joins Darkseid's Elite then Zack Snyder thought this out well but his execution was still pretty bad since we would have to wait to watch Justice League to have this awful take to be relived. If my theory is wrong then I but more thought into making this character than Snyder did.
Hopefully Snyder will fix Lex Luthor in #JusticeLeague and make him as iconic as the Clancy Brown voiced cartoon character.