Thursday, January 18, 2018

Lex Luthor's "Angels vs Devils" painting

"Batman V Superman" wasn't a great movie, but there were elements of it I really enjoyed. I'm one of the few who really enjoyed this particular version of Lex Luthor. I'm happy that he was more of a mad scientist than an evil CEO, and I don't mind his overall look and portrayal. His nervous ticks, his ruthlessness towards maintaining his own personal safety, and the mystery surrounding his father (presumably Lex Luthor, Sr.). I really enjoyed about this version of Luthor was his fear and hatred for God, and his resentment for heroes, which I think might be unique to this version of Luthor. He wants to kill Superman and any other alien threat because he's afraid of them, not because he wants to save humanity or anything like that. He's a selfish weakling out to destroy heroes.

In his fathers den, he points to a large painting that hangs on the wall and says something like, "demons don't come from beneath us, they fall from the sky" or something like that, and by the end of the film the painting is flipped upside down; demons on top and angels below. 

I adore this painting, and I was shocked when I found out it wasn't a print of something that already exists. This is a beautiful prop for this not-so-great film, and I wish it was available for purchase. I would very happily have this hanging in my apartment somewhere. I love the Yin-Yang aspect of the two suns, and the detail of the demons and angels themselves. 

I enjoyed the recent "Justice League" movie well enough, but it was mostly a nothing film. As confusing and mislead as "Batman V Superman" might have been, there were at least interesting concepts within it to keep me thinking about it after the fact. It was an ambitious mess. I doubt we'll see any continuation of the storylines that began in this film, so I'm curious to how that will affect the characterization of Lex Luthor in the DC movies. We'll have to wait and see if Warner Bros. decides to continue making them after "Aquaman" and "Wonder Woman 2".

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