In an interview with WIRED, Lex Luthor shares his thoughts on the vigilante Batman, politics and dealing with “Super Humans.” Here’s a run down of what Mr. Luthor had to say on the matter.
After a little banter with reported Ron Troupe, Lex says: What I want is to leave the planet in better shape for the next generation. To make the world and its children safer. I want it. And I bet you do too, Ron.
Troupe responds: You sound like someone running for political office.
Luthor says: If that matches their rhetoric, then maybe I should pay more attention to the candidates; I might want to back a few of them. The world is changing faster than we anticipated; we’ve all seen it. More than ever, we need leaders who not only comprehend the new threats facing us, but who will seriously and thoughtfully address them.
When asked about the rising superhuman threat Luthor notes: 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… We should all be careful when we elevate anyone, human or alien, to “super” status.
Troupe responds: Because we’re all equal.
Luthor says: Well that’s just absurd. No – I’m saying we need to be selective and elevate the right people. The right human people.
Very interesting points by Luthor, of course we’re not all equal, right? Anyways, the topic then shifts to The Batman.
Troupe: And what are your thoughts on the Batman? He’s human. Presumably.
Luthor gives a fascinating response saying: 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.
Troupe says that this idea is a bit ridiculous, Lex responds saying: 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. 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.
Lex Luthor is right, with countless shootings and criminal activity, maybe it’s time for a new, more serious apporach.
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Troupe: Let’s go back. You mentioned the government. What role do they play in your “new global paradigm”?
Luthor: Last week, I would have given you a totally different answer. Let’s just say I ran into a wall. I’m not going to go into a lot of detail here. Suffice it to say the dangers we’ve been talking about are very real. And they’re not just limited to a couple of alien brawlers able to level tall buildings in a single bout. I’m ready to sit down with whatever task force the government has assembled — in the interest of sharing intelligence and building solutions together. If she… they… Argus… the government, whatever you want to call it, has a real interest in fighting for the future, they ought to work with those of us who are already on the front lines.
Troupe I’m sorry, can we— what is Argus?
Luthor responds: What. Is. Argus. Spelled A.R.G.U.S.
Luthor looks up Argus on his phone, and gives the answer: The name of five different warships – all sunken or broken up; a pheasant-like peafowl hunted for sport; an automobile that went extinct; Greek mythology’s favorite faithful mutt… LEX/OS lists seventeen hundred entries. I’d go on, but they’re all pretty much the same.
Luthor is saving all of the good stuff for launch of the new LEX/OS which will be available this winter. A special thanks goes to WIRED and Ron Troupe for this amazing interview with Lex Luthor. For the full interview click the link here. For more news on LEX/OS stay tuned.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25th, 2016.