Jesse Eisenberg will play Lex Luthor, Superman's classic arch-enemy, in the new, untitled Superman-Batman movie, Warner Bros. announced on Friday.
Although Lex Luthor did not appear and was never mentioned in 2013's Man of Steel, Luthor's company, LexCorp, did make a brief cameo in the film.
LexCorp. has traditionally been a global conglomerate in the many different iterations of Superman in popular culture, and if that remains the case in the sequel, it suggests that Eisenberg's 30-year-old Lex Luthor did not build the company on his own. Perhaps he inherited it from his father, Lionel Luthor, a character first introduced in the 2001–2011 TV series Smallville?