/batman-v-superman-lex-luthor-jesse-eisenberg-photo/Early this morning, it was finally revealed that Jesse Eisenberg is in fact playing a very bald Lex Luthor. The ultimate DC Comics villain was unveiled in his new big screen incarnation in honor of the one year wait we still have for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to hit theaters. And over the next twelve months, more and more of the virtually unknown plot will surely leak out. Badass Digest is helping that idea along with new story details, which give us a reason why the last son of Krypton and The Dark Knight are throwing fists in each other's direction. And if this rumor pans out, it looks like it's all Lex Luthor's fault.
It's no secret that Bruce Wayne and Kal-El are going to go toe-to-toe in an epic battle that is said to come halfway through the movie, before these two team up to take on a common foe. But what brings them to blows? In Frank Miller's seminal comic miniseries The Dark Knight Rises, the President of the United States sends Superman in to stop Batman on his quest to clean up Gotham. While Kal-El tries to reason with Bruce Wayne, the aging millionaire vigilante decides to fight back, using Kryptonite and an exoskeleton to get the upper-hand. While it has often been said that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is based on this DC comics story, things will be quite different on the big screen.
In this version, Superman is not cooperating with the U.S. government. In fact, most of the world's governments do not trust this superhuman alien from a distant planet. Instead, and this is where we get into SPOILER territory, Kal-El seeks out Batman at the behest of Lex Luthor. And unlike in the comic, Superman does not try to reason with Batman. Instead, the iconic mild-mannered superhero comes out swinging, and destroys the Batmobile with one punch. While Badass Digest has apparently read the script, they refuse to offer any more insight, claiming that the reasons for Lex Luthor and Superman's partnership in taking down Batman is a huge spoiler that shouldn't be ruined until everyone has had a chance to see the movie on opening night. They do reveal though, that when the dust settles from this epic tussle, it is Bruce Wayne who will be able to point to Superman and say, "He started it".