For over seven decades, Lex Luthor has cemented himself as one of the most famous comic book villains ever. He typically doesn't have natural superpowers, but he makes up for that with his intelligent, scheming brain. That continued earlier this year in his late live action appearance, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, played by Jesse Eisenberg. Unlike Man of Steel's main antagonist, Zod, Luthor made it through his DC Extended Universe debut alive, albeit imprisoned for masterminding the Capitol bombing, kidnapping Martha Kent and numerous other evil acts.

Lex Luthor did enough in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to distinguish himself as a dangerous foe, and the franchise could just keep in behind bars permanently. However, the movie's ending and various reports and rumors have made it clear that his time in this universe isn't done yet. Finding out what's in store for Luthor next could take as little as a month or as long as nearly two years, but while we wait, we've collected the main reasons why the criminal mastermind/mad scientist is still important to the DCEU.

Warning: full spoilers for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - The Ultimate Edition are ahead!

Lex Luthor

He Knows Superman And Batman's Secret Identities

Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor may be eccentric and unhinged, but like his comic book and other media counterparts, he's still a smart guy. Not only did he decide that Clark Kent and Superman were one and the same (the glasses and different hairstyle just weren't enough that time), but in the Ultimate Edition. he also revealed that he knew that Bruce Wayne is Batman. Luther admitted to the Caped Crusader that because he's been deemed insane, no one will believe him, but we don't think that's entirely true. There has to someone out there who's willing to listen to Luthor, and if he tells them Superman and Batman's secret identities, that's going to be trouble for both of these men. Okay, maybe not so much Superman if he doesn't take back the Clark Kent identity when he's eventually resurrected, but for Batman, an identity outing would be detrimental to his crime fighting activities.

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