Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has wisely made Lex Luthor a Silicon Valley tech bro

He looks mega chill about taking over the world

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Painting Lex Luthor as a suited business magnate staring down at the tiny humans on the street below, as the original Superman films and TV series did, would have been anachronistic, so Zack Snyder's Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is going for something a little different.

While the first official image of Jesse Eisenberg offered a pretty traditional vision of a bald-headed Luthor, this new one is very different.

He wears chinos and converse. He has a casual blazer and long flowing hair, offering a Mark Zuckerberg-esque placid smile. He stands in front of a neon sign logo for his (start-up?) business, on a basketball court that is presumably for employees to 'chill and have some down time'.

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This hip version of LexCorp brings the classic comic book antagonist into the 21st century, and it will be interesting to see whether Snyder/Eisenberg cite any specific tech CEOs from Silicon Valley as influences.

Also, here's the film's less-telling synopsis, along with a couple of other new images (above):

Fearing the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’s most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman and Superman at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is out 25 March, 2016.

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