Lex Luthor: “I don’t want to scare anybody… much.”

In a bit of fun, Fortune Magazine has interviewed not actor Jesse Eisenberg, but his character Lex Luthor, in their latest issue.  I’m honestly a bit surprised that the marketing for Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has kicked into high gear as soon as it has, given that it still doesn’t come out for another 5 months.  We’ve been bombarded non-stop with trailers (a third possibly hitting before the end of this year) and still already and still have almost half a year to go.  Still, the studio is doing a great job of selling the film to the masses and if they have more tricks up their sleeve like this one, it should make for a fun ride.

So what does Fortune Magazine have to say about Mr. Luthor?  The piece actually gives a good deal of background info on Eisenberg’s iteration of the classic Superman villain, from his father’s rise as a the head of LexCorp to Lex himself taking the business over after his father’s death.  Luthor, who posed for the new photograph below, also dishes a bit on rival companies Kord Industries (owned by Ted Kord, aka Blue Beetle) and Wayne Enterprises, as well as the latter’s “debauched billionaire playboy” owner, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck).  Below are Luthor’s remarks on the fact that his company has contracts with the military…

“It’s a necessity,” Luthor insists. “We live in the most dangerous point of time in all of human history. Statistically speaking, it’s a near certainty that another world-changing crisis is hurtling toward us like a speeding bullet. We have to be ready to defend ourselves. No civilization was ever conquered by having a strong military.”

As for the accusations of a few fringe outliers who accuse him of being a “war monger,” Luthor just laughs them off. “I don’t know very many ‘war mongers’ who have a foosball table in the conference room.”

Be sure to check out the full interview over at Fortune.

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