Superman’s Lex Luthor Exists In The Non-DCEU Movie Universe

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A tie-in book from The Batman reveals that a major Superman villain exists in the movie world, which is separate from the DC Extended Universe.

A tie-in novel to The Batman reveals that Lex Luthor exists in the movie universe.

Before Batman: An Original Motion Picture Novel (The Batman) look at the events leading up to the titular film. According to The Direct, the book features a character named Dex, who at one point confirms the existence of both LexCorp and Metropolis, saying, “My dad and I need to get away. Maybe Metropolis. I hear that the LexCorp racing team is taking on new mechanics.” No additional details about Metropolis or LexCorp are revealed in the book. However, the existence of LexCorp indicates that Lex Luthor exists in The Batmanthe universe of. That being said, there is no indication The Batman will itself refer to LexCorp, Luthor or Metropolis.


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Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Luthor first appeared in the 1940s action comics #23 and is one of Superman’s most well-known and beloved enemies. A criminal mastermind, Luthor remained one of Superman’s greatest threats throughout Man of Steel’s career. He has appeared numerous times in live-action. In the DCEU, Luthor was played by Jesse Eisenberg.

Ben Affleck, who first played the Dark Knight in 2016 Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justicewas originally set to direct, write and star in The Batman. However, Affleck has since left the project and will apparently end his tenure as Batman in this year’s Flash movie. After Affleck’s departure, The Batman should not take place in the DCEU. On numerous occasions, Batman director Matt Reeves has made it clear that the movie doesn’t exist in the DCEU. In January, Reeves said that ultimately one of the main reasons the film is split is that he wasn’t interested in bringing Batman’s Justice League allies into the film.


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Set in the second year of Batman’s crime-fighting career, The Batman sees the titular detective investigating a series of murders perpetrated by Edward Nashton/Riddler (Paul Dano). Along the way, Bruce Wayne/Batman (Robert Pattinson) comes face to face with a number of key characters from the Dark Knight mythos, including Selina Kyle/Catwoman (Zoë Kravitz) and Oswald Cobblepot/Penguin (Colin Farrell). Pattinson has confirmed that The Batman is setting up a sequel.

Directed by Reeves from a script by himself and Peter Craig, The Batman comes out on March 4. Tickets go on sale February 10.


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Source: Before Batman: An Original Novel (The Batman)Going through The Direct

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