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From what we’ve seen of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor so far in the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailers, the billionaire mastermind is a complex individual who isn’t as he appears on the surface. One moment he’s acting friendly and proud of being able to bring people together, the next he’s insulting Lois Lane for not appreciating his evil plan. We won’t get the full scope of Luthor’s character until the movie is released, but Eisenberg is already confident that that the 2016 blockbuster features the best scene of his career so far, and it involves his character's hair.
When questioned about what the deal with his hair is in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Jesse Eisenberg wouldn’t divulge any details to The Los Angeles Times, but he did say that the scene where his hair change is addressed ranks high on his list of his performances. The actor said:
When you see the movie, you’ll see. It’s the greatest scene that I’ve ever gotten to take part in — it accounts for the change in hair.
It’s been a while since Lex Luthor’s trademark look has been addressed by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, but as anyone even remotely familiar with Luthor knows, his bald head is his most distinguishing physical trait in most stories. Seeing him without it has just been weird. Our first official look as Jesse Eisenberg’s Luthor was actually an Entertainment Weekly photo of him staring menacingly and rocking the chrome dome. Since then, he’s only been seen in photos and previews with those shaggy locks. You’d also think that he’d at least trim it or style it differently, but since he’s one of the most powerful men in the world, no one probably has the courage to tell him it looks ridiculous.
Assuming the hair isn’t just a bad wig, like what Gene Hackman and Kevin Spacey’s iterations wore, then how will Luthor lose the hair in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice? Will Superman accidentally blow it away like he did as a boy in the Silver Age of comics? Will prolonged Kryptonite exposure cause Luthor’s hair to fall out, leading Lex to sob for his loss? Will he shave it off after being foiled by Superman to kick off this next stage of his life? Will he simply rip it off out of frustration? I could keep going with these, but I’ll leave it at that.
When Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, we’ll finally learn why Lex Luthor will go bald, and ideally this look will be kept for future movies so he resembles his comic book counterpart more. Whatever you do, Lex, don’t buy any Rogaine.