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Based on the reaction to last month’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice trailer, fans aren’t quite sure what to make of Jesse Eisenberg‘s take on Lex Luthor. The character looks bubbly, smarmy, and conniving, and a little different from the Luthor fans know. But I’m all for trying something new with a comic book character, especially one we’ve seen as much as this villain, so I’m looking forward to seeing what director Zack Snyder and the actor have done with Superman’s adversary.

In October, Fortune ran a “profile piece” on the mad genius, and now Wired (via ComicBookMovie) has run a Lex Luthor interview as well. Get to know a little bit more about the businessman after the jump.

Warner Bros. has done a fine job introducing Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor to fans. This Wired piece gives you a sense of the character’s motivation and personality, which I assume resembles what we’ll see in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

RON TROUPE: You’ve been very vocal about that. About the new superhuman threat.

LEX LUTHOR: 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.

RON TROUPE: Bad choice of words?

LEX LUTHOR: We should all be careful when we elevate anyone, human or alien, to “super” status.

RON TROUPE: Because we’re all equal.

LEX LUTHOR: Well that’s just absurd. No – I’m saying we need to be selective and elevate the right people. The right human people.

RON TROUPE: And what are your thoughts on the Batman? He’s human. Presumably.

LEX LUTHOR: 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.

RON TROUPE: When you put it that way, it sounds ridiculous.

LEX LUTHOR: 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.

Lex Luthor is the issue’s “cover story,” and it was handed out at CES 2016 — a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow. Here’s the cover:

Special January issue of #wired here at #ces2016 #batmanvsuperman

A photo posted by Cheryl Vuong (@cherylvuong) on

And here’s a pic of Luthor looking rather hipster-y from the interview:

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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice opens in theaters March 25th.

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