Wired Magazine has created something pretty cool that I think we’ll see more frequently going forward. They’ve interviewed Jesse Eisenberg as the fictional character of Lex Luther from Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Eisenberg never breaks character throughout the interviews which makes the banter between himself and Wired Magazine reporter, Ron Troupe, very interesting. You can tell by Eisenberg’s quick witted, in-depth responses that he has a real handle on the character. Here’s an excerpt from the interview but you can read the complete interview here. When you have let us know what you think.
RON TROUPE: You’ve been very vocal about that. About the new superhuman threat.
LEX LUTHOR: Well I don’t know where you got that term. I think to be a super human, one should begin by being, you know, from this planet.
RON TROUPE: Bad choice of words?
LEX LUTHOR: We should all be careful when we elevate anyone, human or alien, to “super” status.
RON TROUPE: Because we’re all equal.
LEX LUTHOR: Well that’s just absurd. No – I’m saying we need to be selective and elevate the right people. The right human people.
RON TROUPE: And what are your thoughts on the Batman? He’s human. Presumably.
LEX LUTHOR: Well, he is. In fact, I’d say he’s all too human. Any objective analyst will tell you that his brand of justice, vigilantism, is painfully outmoded, designed to be effective in an age when the law carried billy clubs because crime carried knives. The most dangerous guy on the street worked in the shadows because he was cowardly and superstitious. That’s all you needed to play upon in order to disrupt their operations. You want to clean up the streets? Dress up like the boogeyman, switch on a fog machine and lower your voice.
RON TROUPE: When you put it that way, it sounds ridiculous.
LEX LUTHOR: It didn’t when the Batman first appeared, but that was a long time ago. This is a new world, Ron, and it’s time to get serious.
LEX LUTHOR: Look at it from the other side: today, there are more criminals than ever. If you’re a criminal, that means more competition. So if you’re going to survive in that economy, you have to be better; you have to edge out your rivals. Shouldn’t the same be true for those on the side of the law? If justice is going to survive in the new global paradigm, we have to get better, invest in new disruptive technologies, think outside Pandora’s Box. Who has the resources to do it? The government? No; the only thing holding that old purse together is a thick layer of impenetrable red tape. Vigilantes like the Batman? Not unless they have access to vast amounts of untold riches.
RON TROUPE: Like you.
LEX LUTHOR: I’m not a vigilante.
RON TROUPE: Maybe not in the traditional sense. But you are investing a good deal of your personal wealth in the area of defense and specifically the kinds of disruptive technologies you just referenced, even as you’ve been turned down time and again for the kinds of government contracts that would make those investments profitable. One man working outside the government to clean up the streets? Sure sounds like—
LEX LUTHOR: I’m going to stop you because your facts are as wrong as your characterization. If you want to understand me, understand this: I’m a businessman with long-term global investments; I would be in breach of my fiduciary responsibility if I didn’t work to protect the planet. I’m not just counting on humanity, I’m betting on it.
The Lex Luthor interview is the cover story for the magazine, which was distributed to all those attending the CES 2016 last week. Look for it on your local newsstands.
If you were to read an actual interview with Lex Luthor, is this what you thought he would sound like in his responses or did you imagine him sounding differently? Let us know.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice premieres on March 25, 2016.