Well, Geoff Johns told us. He told us to keep an eye on Lex Luthor after the Forever Evil crossover event. I just didn’t anything like THIS would happen. Lex Luthor: superhero.
Starting on April 23 in Justice League #30, Luthor will find himself a card-carrying member of DC’s most famous group of superheroes. Bringing along his current Forever Evil partner Captain Cold, the two villains will work alongside Batman, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman and Shazam to “rebuild the League’s reputation.” No word yet on what’s happened with Superman or Flash, although I imagine one of Luthor’s stipulation when signing the League contract is that they toss the big, blue Boy Scout out on the curb.
Johns told AP that Luthor’s time on the League would “make for intriguing and unsettling events as the super group finds its place anew in a world wracked by the alternate-dimension Crime Syndicate from Earth-3 and the mayhem they wrought in the vast “Forever Evil” event…” Johns also mentioned that in a new world with the lines between good and evil becoming more blurred, the League will be going through quite a few changes.
A lot of the blame can be put on their shoulders for what has happened: They were infiltrated and they fought each other and that led to the unleashing of the Crime Syndicate and the evil that took over the world.
The Justice League’s roster change isn’t the only League shakeup happening in April. The Justice League of America series will be retitled Justice League United, and its members Green Arrow, Martian Manhunter, Supergirl, Stargirl, Animal Man, Adam Strange will split their adventures between Canada and outer space.
Johns says that Luthor will be learning what it’s like to be a superhero, but I have my doubts. Sure, we’ve seen villains become heroes before and vice-versa, but Luthor has always been one of those characters who’s always managed to stay on the dastardly side of things. Obviously in his mind he believes what he’s doing is right, but you can’t deny that Luthor is one sick bastard. Maybe he might try to go through a redemption journey during his time on the Justice League, but much like Sylar on season 3 of Heroes, he’ll realize it’s pointless and go back to his usual plots. At the very least I expect he’s joining the League to get something out of it for himself rather than to help others.
Still, when you’ve spent a 7-issue mini-series fighting a group of villains that came from an Earth where evil itself originated, I can understand wanting to reevaluate what direction your life is going.
SOURCE: Washington Post