Of all the things I expected to see today, a serious-sounding profile of Superman archnemesis Lex Luthor wasn’t even a fraction of one of them.
Alexander Joseph Luthor Jr. is a 31-year-old wunderkind who transformed an aging petrochemical and heavy machinery dinosaur into a tech darling of the Fortune 500 in what some call a superhuman feat.
This jeans-wearing genius is equally at ease rappelling the climbing wall in his employee “inspiration station” and coding in “the crucible”: the cutting-edge R & D lab where the baby-faced billionaire verbally extemporizes computer code like Miles Davis improvising a trumpet solo.
As we patiently wait our turn at the complimentary LexCorp vegan food truck (this day’s fare: pesto-olive pizza with raw almond crust), the son of Alexander Luthor Sr. — Lex Luthor — explains the evolution of LexCorp.
“Dad named the company after himself ten years before I made my unexpected entrance into his life. But investors seemed to respond to the idea of an adoring father building a legacy for his precious son. He used that to his advantage. It was a good shtick and, whatever else he was, he was a good businessman,” the younger Luthor explains.
Read the whole thing — it’s quite charming.
But please take note that the Big Bad of next year’s Batman vs Superman movie, the evil genius behind so many nefarious plots, has been retconned into a pretentious postmodern hipster — using somebody else’s fortune in his quest to destroy the man who represents “truth, justice, and the American way.”
I’m starting to get my hopes up for this movie.