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Can Lex Luthor be Trusted with Batman's Secret?

Some big things are happening between Lex and Batman in the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE.

Minor spoiler if you haven't read FOREVER EVIL and JUSTICE LEAGUE #30 and #31.

After the events of FOREVER EVIL and Nightwing's identity being publicly exposed, Lex Luthor has discovered one of the biggest secrets in the DC Universe--he knows Batman's secret identity. Lex appears to now want to do good after helping save the day in FOREVER EVIL, but this is Lex Luthor we're talking about. He approached Bruce Wayne about his discovery.

Because Batman was forced to work with Lex to take on the Crime Syndicate, Lex became a hero. With the world not trusting the Justice League so much after the Syndicate's rampage, Lex pretty much forced his way onto the team. But Lex has always wanted to be the best. He wanted to be better than Superman and be the hero the world needs. The questions is, can be be trusted? Also, can he be trusted knowing Batman's secret identity?

Things are always changing in the New 52 so who can really say? While we can all voice our thoughts and opinions in the comments below, we also have a poll going to make it more official like.

*Click here to visit the Lex Luthor Poll.*

Vote to let us know what you think about Lex's new discovery. You can explain your thoughts further and how you think this will play out in the comments below.

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Posted by ARMIV2

I now feel like that New 52 prediction of mine from a while back is now getting all the more closer to actually happening.

Posted by i_dont_like_comics

luthor next robin: CONFIRMED.

Posted by dagmar_merrill

Nope.

Posted by Jonny_Anonymous

@armiv2 said:

I now feel like that New 52 prediction of mine from a while back is now getting all the more closer to actually happening.

What was that?

Posted by NightFang

Hell no!

Posted by Justthatkid
Edited by HolySerpent

Lex Luther bald wonder

Posted by Jasoninthewoods

I'm sure he's going to screw them over in the end.

Posted by justice teen

If you have to ask I think you know the answer. No! Lex can never be truly good and will mess things up.

Posted by AmazingWebHead
Posted by ARMIV2

@armiv2 said:

I now feel like that New 52 prediction of mine from a while back is now getting all the more closer to actually happening.

What was that?

That Batman's identity would get revealed to the public. Or at least a group of people who really shouldn't know who he is.

Posted by AllStarSuperman

Interesting

Posted by Novemberx2

yes the secret is more then safe.

DC won't repeat the same mistake marvel did revealing spiderman identity, marvel trapped themselves with that story.therefore lex luthor will never tell the secret.

Plus we all know that joker already knows who he is and where he lives but doesn't care.

Posted by maruko101

If only Superman still got his super-kiss to wipe Lex's memory.

Posted by DarthAznable

At this point everyone knows. :P

Posted by hyperman

@maruko101:

ahahahha good point! it should be interesting to see!

Posted by MrTummyTumms

yes the secret is more then safe.

DC won't repeat the same mistake marvel did revealing spiderman identity, marvel trapped themselves with that story.therefore lex luthor will never tell the secret.

Plus we all know that joker already knows who he is and where he lives but doesn't care.

Joker knows where he lives and who he is? I don't remember them saying that in DoTF

Posted by lagozzino

@mrtummytumms: It wasn't exactly outright stated, but in the conclusion to Death Of The Family, Bruce tells everyone the reason for why he was never actually worried about Joker's claim of being in the cave and knowing all their identities.

Some time in the past Batman discovered one of Joker's playing cards laying on the floor of the batcave. At the time he assumed that Joker had managed to follow the batmobile all the way back to the cave and that his whole identity must have been blown (though in reality the card was just stuck to the batmobile and fell off when it pulled into the cave). The next time Joker was back in Arkham, Bruce decided to confront Joker in his civilian identity (bringing the playing card he found along with him), but Joker was completely unresponsive; Almost as if he were choosing to believe that Bruce Wayne wasn't even there. Bruce then concludes that Joker's obsession with him begins and ends with the Batman identity. Maybe Joker knows Batman's identity but chooses to ignore it, or maybe his psychosis prevents him from ever really making the connection between the two identities. Its left kinda vague, I found.

Posted by Phaedrusgr

New 52...

Posted by Golden Cod

luthor next robin: CONFIRMED.

Absolutely genius. And this scene parallels Tim Drake's original introduction doesn't it?

Edited by Outside_85

Short answer: No.

Long answer: Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

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Posted by HushoftheWind

@mrtummytumms: It wasn't exactly outright stated, but in the conclusion to Death Of The Family, Bruce tells everyone the reason for why he was never actually worried about Joker's claim of being in the cave and knowing all their identities.

Some time in the past Batman discovered one of Joker's playing cards laying on the floor of the batcave. At the time he assumed that Joker had managed to follow the batmobile all the way back to the cave and that his whole identity must have been blown (though in reality the card was just stuck to the batmobile and fell off when it pulled into the cave). The next time Joker was back in Arkham, Bruce decided to confront Joker in his civilian identity (bringing the playing card he found along with him), but Joker was completely unresponsive; Almost as if he were choosing to believe that Bruce Wayne wasn't even there. Bruce then concludes that Joker's obsession with him begins and ends with the Batman identity. Maybe Joker knows Batman's identity but chooses to ignore it, or maybe his psychosis prevents him from ever really making the connection between the two identities. Its left kinda vague, I found.

Lagozzino, i won't you to explain life to me, b/c the explanation was superb sir. bravo!!

Posted by The Stegman

In the words of Justice League Unlimited Superman

"Oh, come ON! It's Lex flippin' Luthor!!"

Posted by Lurkero

I think Batman can trust that Lex Luthor will not tell anyone about his identity as long as Batman does what Lex Luthor wants.

Edited by Superguy1591

Luthor doesn't care about Batman, Bruce's secret is safe...unless Luthor thinks he knows something about Superman. =D

Posted by Z3RO180

@lagozzino: That is a freaking genius post and sum up of the batman/joker releaonship. Bravo sir bravo.

Edited by Thor_Ul

@maruko101:

If only Superman still got his super-kiss to wipe Lex's memory.

You mean like this?

Posted by Koays

Lol in a year there'll be a big crossover between the three justice leagues again.....Lex will cross a line, and Martian Manhunter will Mindwipe him.


or you know Zatanna, since that's sort of what she does. Unethical Mindwhipes for everyone!

Posted by New_World_Order
Edited by Croi

Just a free-for-all now. New 52 bugs me.

Posted by Knightfall225

Maybe Bruce can get Zatanna to wipe his mind. wouldn't be the first time she did it.

Edited by 8008S
Posted by Dernman
Posted by maruko101

@thor_ul:

Exactly like this. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Edited by Grey56

Hopefully this gif will assist in any lingering doubt.

Posted by Grimoire

Hell no.

Posted by comicace3

That discussion made me laugh. Lex is like " once I found out dick Grayson was night wing I followed the long and murky trail"

I'm like " what's so murky about it? Just put two and two together"

Posted by Farkam
Edited by deadpool25mm

@hushofthewind: Joker doesnt care who Batman realy is.. Its a game for him.

Edited by deadpool25mm

@hushofthewind: Joker doesnt care who Batman realy is.. Its a game for him.

Batman can always ask Martian Manhunter to erase Lexs memory..

+ Lex feels so smart knowing who Batman is.. lol Superman doesnt even wear a mask ..cant he see its Clark?

Posted by Guardiandevil83

@hushofthewind: Joker doesnt care who Batman realy is.. Its a game for him.

Batman can always ask Martian Manhunter to erase Lexs memory..

+ Lex feels so smart knowing who Batman is.. lol Superman doesnt even wear a mask ..cant he see its Clark?

Lex could if he wanted to but he doesn't care. He has the same mental block that the Joker has. He only wants to destroy Superman. He could give a damn who he is during the day. Also I think his ego would not allow him to believe that his years of planning elaborate schemes for world conquest were halted at every turn by a hick, reporter from Kansas.

Posted by Vitalius

@maruko101:

Still isnt too late for that to happen.

Posted by w0nd

yes the secret is more then safe.

DC won't repeat the same mistake marvel did revealing spiderman identity, marvel trapped themselves with that story.therefore lex luthor will never tell the secret.

Plus we all know that joker already knows who he is and where he lives but doesn't care.

well they made that mistake with nightwing to reinvent him... i felt he wasnt really broken in the first place but what do i know

Edited by Winter_Kills

Can Luthor be trusted with anything? In the words of Krusty the Clown: "HELL NO!"

Edited by Emperormeister734

We all know Lex Luthor, the minute he messes up the world will hate him again, he oust Bruce Wayne being Batman as some sort of leverage. Luthor maybe a Leaguer now, but trusting him is not an option unless he proves himself to Batman.

Posted by drgnx

Batman stands for everything, Lex thinks superman, and Metas, take from humanity. I think the best parts of Lex would not want to destroy Batman for that very reason, even to stay out of jail.

Posted by Jeremy1989

As long as Batman doesn't tempt him.

Posted by victorcheenoanleu

Wait did I just see the name Lex Luthor & the word trust in the same sentence?

Posted by WheatStalker

Obviously Luthor wants Mount Olympus.

Posted by Teerack

I hope Luthor learns Superman is Clark Kent. I think it would make things more interesting if there was a secret social war aspect to their relationship. Like how Peter Parker and Norman Osborn used to be back in the day.

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