BATMAN V SUPERMAN Rumor: Lex Luthor to Have Hair; Will Still Be the Jerk We All Know and Love to Hate

     June 18, 2014


Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel already stepped away from the beloved character in more ways than one.  Some of these moves were bold and controversial, but I still respect him for his willingness to make tough decisions.  There’s no reason to think he’s going to back off any time soon, and he might have made another decision that will no doubt arouse the ire of Superman purists.

One of defining aspects of Superman’s arch-nemesis Lex Luthor is his chrome dome.  There are comics and adaptations where he has hair, but he’s always doomed to lose it.  That may be the case when it comes to Jesse Eisenberg‘s Luthor in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.  Hit the jump for more.  The movie opens May 6, 2016 and also stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Gal Gadot, Jason Momoa, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Jeremy Irons, Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, Tao Okamoto, and Laurence Fishburne[Potential Spoilers Ahead]

jesse-eisenberg-now-you-see-meAccording to Batman-News, there were some LexCorp scenes filming over the past couple of days, and Eisenberg reportedly has “a lot of hair.”  It’s also not his typical curly hair, but “a bit longer, kind of loose and wavy, and it’s dirty blonde.” (In the comics, Lex’s hair is red) So perhaps it’s something along the lines of his do for 30 Minutes or Less or Now You See Me?  Batman-News also notes that these scenes take place towards the beginning of the movie, so there’s the possibility of Lex going bald later in the picture.

As for the character’s demeanor, Batman-News says, “Luthor has spastic mannerisms, like a 20-something guy that pounds energy drinks all day.” is in agreement about the character’s look and also agrees with Batman-News’ report that Holly Hunter‘s character is a U.S. Senator.  In the aforementioned scene that takes place in early in the film, the senator and a congressman visit with Luthor, and “Lex seems ‘to embarrass or be very disrespectful to the congressmen on his way out.'” also elaborated on Lex’s unsavory character:

lex-luthor-comics-hairOur source also offered that they felt that Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice’s interpretation of Lex Luthor is much better than it might sound from initial descriptions, describing him as “a slimy businessman we can all despise.” Our source indicated, “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.”

So is Eisenberg’s Luthor like Mark Zuckerberg on steroids?  Is he going to tell the senator and the congressman that he could buy the capitol and turn it into his pool room? adds that this LexCorp is like “Apple/Google, colorful and consumer friendly public image but serious potential for Lex’s deviousness.”

Finally, in another possible clarification on the casting, says:

Japanese actress Tao Okamoto (The Wolverine) is playing Lex Luthor’s assistant, who is named “Mercy.” In the comic books and Superman animated series, Mercy Graves is Lex’s personal assistant and body guard, where she is portrayed as highly intelligent and experienced in hand-to-hand combat.  That hand-to-hand combat is probably only going to be good against Batman, and even then I wouldn’t bet against the Dark Knight taking more than a minute to knock her out.

Sound off in the comments about where you think Batman v Superman is going with Luthor, and where you think they should take the character.

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  • Dave

    He will lose them in an epic way.I mean it’s Zack!

    • Oolie zool

      In a battle with extraterrestrial forces, Superman accidentally lasers it off, sparking his life long hatred for the man of steel. Snyder being Snyder, we’ll see every cuticle severed at the microscopic level and then the camera pans out as Lex screams NOOOOOOOoooOOOOOOOO!!!

      • The Flobbit

        In all likelihood, his hairs get shattered off as Superman plows his face into the side of a large skyscraper.

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  • Cody McGowan

    Whatever they do with Lex’s hair, it will be interesting to see how they make him a bad guy in this movie. Like, how can he be more destructive than Sup– Man of Steel was in the first one? Also, by “interesting to see” I mean “I’m not paying to see this.”

  • Dmula

    Imagine its like hot tube time machine with the guys arm

  • Loso_Rocks

    He’s obviously going to lose the hair at some point.

    • Roderick

      I do wonder: at what point are comic book adaptations going to stop treating male pattern baldness as something that needs a freaking origin story?

      • 80sRobot

        Lex going bald could be something less fantastical. He could simply choose to shave his head (not totally bald but very close-cropped, perhaps) to represent becoming a “new man”. Like Walter White did in Breaking Bad.

      • Roderick

        That would be pretty cool, or he could just be, you know, a bald guy. Like 60% of the guys I pass in the office every day.

  • drewlicious

    They could be going with the wig gag again. Picture it now: Luthor stroking his chin in front of his wig closet: “Hmmmm. I had the Kurt Cobain locks yesterday but I think I’ll go with the bitchn’ jewfro today.”

    • bidi

      Gene Hackman wore a wig as Luthor. maybe they’ll say Eisenberg is doing it too

      • LEM

        Eisenberg is no Gene Hackman.

      • Hugh Jass

        “Miss Tessmacher!”

      • bidi

        i never said he was. i was just commenting on the potential for a wig. but while we’re on the subject, i never really liked Hackman as Luthor. probably since i didn’t grow up with it and when i finally went and watched the Donner movies i was used to seeing Hackman as a hero (more or less)

      • eternalozzie

        He is well on his way to becoming that skilled of an actor.

      • soup, herman?

        Hackman is no Lex Luthor, despite being one of the greatest actors who ever lived.

      • Strix

        Agreed. Lex Luthor should not be portrayed like a camp hairdresser.

      • LEM

        What about a real estate mogul?

      • soup, herman?

        Ha! Absolutely. I actually think Eisenberg will surprise a lot of people IF they manage to fix that god awful dialogue we saw in Man of Steel.

      • drewlicious

        I doubt it would fit with the tone they’ve established so far. The only other conclusion I can go with is that some event renders him bald by the end which would be lamest villain transformation ever I’m sad to say. Usually its only considered a transformation if there’s a deformity involved. Case-in-point: Getting half of his face blown off turned Harvey Dent into Two-Face. Lex Luthor….loses his hair. That doesn’t render him a freak since most guys go through some form of it eventually. Not that I would be thrilled to go bald at thirty but I doubt I’d start building my krpytonite-powered super suit. A weather machine maybe but anything else would just be silly.

  • Frank

    Wow. This movie sounds worse with every bit of news, press, or gossip released; which all seem to be the same thing anyway.

    Well, no surprise in Lexy’s character description here. When has Jesse Eisenberg ever played anything other than an overrated meta version of himself?

    • Mezmero

      Sure it dose (-_-). I bet by the time we see the trailer you will be the only one still bitching. Just shut the hell up till that happens because your numbers are fading fast. I don’t get why you fan boy idiots keep doing this like it matters. It’s coming out if you like or not it’s not a shitty fan made film it’s the people that have made movies for years longer! You know your movie would have Batman and Superman doing some BANG,BOOM,POW type shit. Just STOP already SMFH

      • brett

        You’re WAY to defensive of a comic book movie.
        Jeez, you sound worse than the people complaining about the pic.

      • LEM

        Based on all the info you have about this movie do you really think it’ll be good? I would love the trailer to come out and blow me away then finally I would care that two of the most iconic superheroes will share the screen for the first time in a big budget movie but given the news we have it sounds like this is shaping up to be a disaster.

  • herpderp

    Superman is going to SNAP each of his hair follicles off.

  • YesTheDarkKnightSucked

    I never thought I’d say this about a Superman movie…I’m his biggest fan….but after the bitter disappointment that was MoS and my dwindling faith in Zack Snyder and Co. …..well, maybe I will sit this one out. It’s just getting worse and worse with every new piece of information reported….

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    • Drake

      Nope. I’m guessing you’ll at very least rent it. Lets not be over dramatic here…

  • Old Soldier

    Why not go the Ronald D. Moore route and make him a woman?
    (Just to create controversy of course)

    • Kyle Chandler

      Sounds a bit more inspired than the Jesse Eisenburg, at least.

    • croc

      i’d agree with that…there’d be a stronger reason for Superman not to kill Lex because she’s a woman. by setting the precedence of killing Zod, what exceptions would there be in future?

  • Mezmero

    I hope people who doubt this movie just stay home. I didn’t hear anybody complain about MOS till after I looked on the blogs and it was still butt hurt pussy boys! Not even women said anything about the “NECK SNAP” even Goldberg had good things to say so why all this now??
    We are getting most of what we want out of this movie SUPERMAN VS BATMAN Intro to “JUSTICE LEAUGE”!! But you fools want to complain like you made it yourself GTFOH. This will be epic and you will miss out haahahaahaHha!

    • Loso_Rocks

      The thing about MOS is that it wasn’t what people expected. It was such a departure from the Reeve movies and “Superman Returns” that people didn’t know what to think. It wasn’t perfect but I still highly enjoyed it.

      • LEM

        I think “MOS” just flat out sucked, It had too many plot holes and every act felt rushed and convoluted. “Superman Returns” was basically an homage to the Christopher Reeves movies but again as a stand alone movie it was awful and it had nothing to do with audiences not knowing what to think…I think we all want an amazing Superman movie in this era of big budget superhero movies but the people making them just haven’t done a good job.

      • soup, herman?

        I sort of have a love/hate relationship with MOS, I don’t particularly enjoy it, but I’ve seen it about four times, trying to figure out what doesn’t sit well with me. It’s really just one simple thing, its a kids story with adult photography.

        The Terrence Malick style trailers gave the impression that there would be an emotional sophistication that would make you feel for the characters’ plight, including Jor-El. But, what we got was expository dialogue worthy of a CW show and vapid plot developments that made no attempt to acknowledge that adults would be watching and yearning to be intellectually engaged for their entertainment. When the audience feels smarter than the hero, at that point, you lose some of that wonder and adoration.

        For that reason, I think BvS:DoJ is not as anticipated for me, because I’m assuming it’s a kids movie. That’s more disappointing for me, the idea that in my lifetime, I might never see a mature treatment of my favourite superhero beyond the aesthetic.

  • bidi

    i could care less about the hair. honestly, he would look weird without it. he’s 30. he should have hair. what i’m more upset about is the Google/Facebook type company LexCorp is supposed to be. this is a major manufacturing conglomerate, not some hip tech start up. it should look like Wayne Enterprises in the TDK films. that’s the precedent that was set from all the LexCorp easter eggs that Snyder threw into MoS. speaking of MoS easter eggs, i feel like Eisenberg’s Lex should be an heir to the family company or something. no way a 30 year old dude does all this. unless they’re just treating the MoS easter eggs as easter eggs and not continuity

  • yrulaughing418

    some Breaking Bad fan suggested to Snyder “we need Heisenberg for the role!”

    Snyder misheard it as “Eisenberg”

    • Strong Enough

      yes after multiple months we still get the joke. thank you

      • yrulaughing418

        Your jimmies seem oddly rustled

      • Strong Enough

        only when watching leaves blow in the wind

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  • DoremusJessup

    Eisenberg’s Luthor is literally the ONLY reason that I’m interested in this movie. In my opinion, Man of Steel is a better movie when it’s on mute. The dialogue in that movie is some of the worst that I’ve ever heard. Lois Lane was the WORST (we get it, she’s sooo tough. we don’t need to be reminded with every line she speaks).

  • Farrell

    “Luthor has spastic mannerisms, like a 20-something guy that pounds energy drinks all day.”

    Yup, definitely a Zack Snyder film.

  • andy

    HAIR.. ARE U f@#$ing SERIOUS SNYDER!??!?1111 *nerdrageeeee* OMG WORST.director.evarrrrr…. Hair.. srsly..

  • theseeker7

    No no, of course not. Lex is going to tell her he “could buy the capitol and turn it into his PING PONG room”. #sorkinstamp

    heh. ;)

  • YodaRocks

    “Luthor has spastic mannerisms”
    So, basically, Eisenberg’s portrayal of Zuckerberg. Can this guy get any more cliched and repetitive?

  • altechi

    James McAvoy hasn’t gone bald with Professor X yet. Maybe he (eisenberg) will at the end? To be honest it doesn’t really matter to me. As long as he isn’t a real estate guy like in the past movies

  • Suave

    He’ll probably lose it while fucking around with some kryptonite

    • eternalozzie

      I was typing the same thing when I saw your comment :)

  • Redjester

    As long as Eisenberg alters his hairstyle, I’m all for Lex having hair, hell the original Lex had hair…

    Oh, and what ever happened to that Zombieland sequel? If not that, a Zombieland show would work really well and in my mind would (or should) be infinitely superior to The Walking Dead.

    • Warriorscribe

      There was a Zombieland show pilot. It sucked.

      • Redjester

        Really? I’m surprised it sucked. That movie SHOULD make for a (at the very least) solid TV series.

      • Warriorscribe

        That’s what I said/thought. The movie was great– how hard could it be, right?

        They screwed up big time.

        It’s probably still somewhere on the web. If you can find it, check it out.

  • DEADP00L

    I half expect Goyer and Snyder to announce that Lex is gay and looking hot for Batman.

  • DNAsplitter

    We have no context as to the scene that was filmed – could of been prior to the events in MOS. Prof X still has his hair in the X:Men prequels and no one seems to be bothered by it – including myself. Still Eisenberg’s acting has really impressed me as I finally caught The Double and am now convinced that he really can play the Lex role w great levitity. The guy has become a solid actor over the years. My guess is either he’s wearing a wig or will be bald by the end of the film due likely to kryptonite poisoning.

  • Merlin235

    Well this only makes sense. I’m pretty sure we all pictured him from from Social Network when we heard he was cast. I for one just figured he’d be playing the role of a young douche tech billionaire.

  • Warriorscribe

    Give him dreadlocks.

  • Redjester

    I can’t wait for one of those great Jessie Eisenberg spiel’s.

    “Because no matter what you think you know Superman, I will always be one step, three steps, seven steps ahead of you.”

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