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Lex Luthor Becomes the Justice League's Newest Member

We kind of all saw this coming, right?

During our discussions of FOREVER EVIL and Lex Luthor's stand against the Crime Syndicate, it was speculated that Lex would continue to rise in the ranks of being a hero (similar to what Norman Osborn did during SECRET INVASION). According to the latest news, Lex is indeed turning in his villain card and becoming a full-fledged hero.

In a report by the Associated Press, the cover to April's JUSTICE LEAGUE #30 shows the League's newest member.

"Is he going to lead the Justice League? It depends on whom you ask on the team. Certainly, he thinks he should," said series writer Geoff Johns.

Does this mean that Captain Cold is also joining the League?

It seems in the post-Forever Evil world, the lines between good and bad will become "a bit blurry." It's a different world and it just might take someone like Lex to try to keep it safe. Whether or not he can adjust to working along side the other heroes and vice versa remains to be seen.

"I think the most interesting thing is that Lex doesn't realize what it's like to be a super hero, what the life is like. You make enemies, they attack you on a personal level. And he's just Lex Luthor. He has no codename, no mask," he said. "He has to deal with the ramifications of that."

Source: Associated Press

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Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Edited by Transformers1024

Captain Cold? Wait whaaaat?! Yep I really don't regret dropping DC now. This is getting stupid. We all know it's not going to last anyway.

Posted by JetiiMitra

Intriguing.

Posted by darknightspideyfanboy

okay calm down a bit wth happen at the end of FE?

Posted by Wolverine08

Wow.

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Posted by The Stegman

In the words of Superman,

"Oh come on! It's Lex Flippin' Luthor!"

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Posted by War Killer

I wonder how Superman's going to react...curious if he'll even be on the team post-Forever Evil.

Edited by sentryman555

This could be different from Osborn in secret invasion. If Lex is trying to be an actual hero then that's a really interesting storyline. But if he's just doing it like Osborn to gain influence, then it's going to be a boring couple months.

Edited by judasnixon

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Posted by ScarletBatman

This could be different from Osborn in secret invasion. If Lex is trying to be an actual hero then that's a really interesting storyline. But if he's just doing it like Osborn to gain influence, then it's going to be a boring couple months.

Osborn's Dark Reign was fascinating and fun. Especially in the Dark Avengers.

This looks to be wholly different since the heroes are, obsessively, accepting Lex and bringing him into their heroic fold. Now he may have other agendas and this will all eventually blow up in his face but he is approaching the idea of, at least outwardly, going legitimate from a totally different angle than Osborn.

Posted by VSG413

Post Forever Evil seems to be an interesting circumstance given that in the DC universe we always knew who the good and bad guys were. I'm definitely interested in Superman's reaction but i kind have it figured out what he is going to do. I'm also wondering if this means Luthor will be challenging Batman's intellect and vice versa, getting down to who really is the smartest person in the universe. I have always liked Lex Luthor, weather he is trying to save the world or bury civilization, I just really hope it stays in Geoff Johns hands for now, he seems to have an idea.

Posted by ComicStooge

Cool!

Posted by timelord

Batman VS Luthor shall be interesting. And hey DC give me a Rouges on going already.

Posted by sentryman555

@scarletbatman: That's good to hear. I definitely need to pick this up then. Honestly theirs too much going on in forever evil for me to really know which issues I should get besides the main one.

Posted by TheManInTheShoe

Interesting.

Posted by Outside_85

Next week on Marvel: Dr. Doom leads the Avengers!

Posted by LyraFay

Ooh this could be fascinating Lex Luthor on the Justice League. Think of the possibilities and why hasn't this been done before! I hope Johns explores that "good," that Superman knows that Lex could have or might have.

Posted by saoakden

Lex Luthor is joining the Justice League, now that is awesome. Wait, Are we talking about the Lex from another universe where he is the good guy? We're not. Well then. Excuse me I need a drink.

*Takes drink and spits it out* WHAT THE HECK??? LEX LUTHOR IS JOINING THE JUSTICE LEAGUE? WHAT ARE THE JUSTICE LEAGUE MEMBERS THINKING? ARE THEY HIGH OR SOMETHING? WE'RE SUPERMAN? It looks like the good counterparts that were in the Injustice League are a part of Lex. From Black Adam to Shazam, Black Manta to Aquaman. By the looks of the cover Flash and Superman said, "Lex is the league? Screw this were outta here."

To be honest, I was expecting an Injustice League ongoing. I figure it be like when marvel had the Dark Avengers ongoing and had an Avengers book or two or however many there were back in that time. Still, I am curious to see what happens in Justice League.

If I had to guess, I think the public found out about Superman "killing" Doctor Light and don't trust him or they don't Trust Superman because of his dick counterpart Ultraman. I am curious to see were Geoff Johns takes this.

On a side note, If they released an Injustice League ongoing series, I would buy it.

Posted by _Linea_11

jesus...

Edited by PapiNacho

Well Batman officially became superfluous. I was afraid this would happen; didn't expect Cold thought. To bad they won't restore his super powers.

Edit- I really hope John's doesn't make Batman let Luthor walk all over him like he did with Jordan. Will have to wait and see; also what on Earth is a non-powered Cold going to do? Amuse me no doubt. That said Green Lantern, Superman and the Flash just lost their greatest villains; up next Cheetah joins the Others and Joker leads JLU! On a more serious note, wonder what ramifications will Wonder Woman staying on the team have for SM/WW.

Posted by TDK_1997

This is actually an interesting turn and if Captain Cold also becomes part of the team then I will be even more thrilled.Johns' Justice League has gone better with Forever Evil so I hope he continues the great job he is doing.

Edited by Sawcesome

Batman and Captain Cold on the same team? Well, looks like I'm hopping back on the Justice League train.

Posted by dbatdog

haven't read the whole forever evil story line - wanna complete the series first before reading it as a whole - kindda spoiled the fun for me :(

not sure how Bruce and Lex will co-exist but looking forward to this! :)

Posted by dondave
Posted by LordoftheNorth

Sorry but why would Batman stay on the team with Lex.. oh right Geoff Johns needs a punching bag

Posted by twisty2k7

Captain Cold??? Lex I can kind of get, he'll be on one hell of a power trip post F.E. if he remains a key player but Captain Cold??? Im intrigued.

Posted by scouts1998

has anyone noticed that SHAZAM is in it aswell

Posted by Black_Claw

Well I can already tell this won't last long. But it might be interesting.

Posted by Lvenger

Superman's official reaction to Lex Luthor joining the Justice League

But seriously, this is actually a shocker for me, no kidding about that. I wouldn't have thought DC would have the stones for doing this and although part of me is screaming "WHAT THE HELL ARE DC AND THE JUSTICE LEAGUE THINKING FOR LETTING LEX LUTHOR REPLACE THE GREATEST HERO OF ALL TIME?!" another part of me realises that after Trinity War unfortunately, people have lost trust in Superman given that he seemingly 'murdered' Doctor Light. A decision I don't like but unfortunately this is the new status quo and at least this way, we get some really interesting Dark Reign esque ramifications of Lex becoming a big player in the Justice League. This should be interesting actually.

Glad to see Shazam on the team at last though I don't know why Captain Cold is on the team.

Posted by Snake5422000

Whoa! Wha!?!?.... Damn, it seems a bit far out, but I won't make any prejudgements until I've seen it. Geoff Johns has quite a history of taking outrageous ideas and somehow making them work, he's truely a genius of a comic book writer. So I'll suspend judgement until I see where he's going with this.

Posted by ColaNicole

I'll be pissed if Superman isn't on the team.

Posted by PeppeyHare

Huh. I'm interested

Posted by Shika1Dude

About time these publishers are releasing these news before the solicits actually drop, good move from their marketing department

Posted by Wardishy

This looks like it could be interesting. I always thought Lex Luthor was the most interesting thing about Superman.

Also good to see Shazam and Captain Cold on the team!

I still don't know I feel about there not being a GL on the JL, though... it's been a while now...

Posted by THORSON

THIS IS BAD NEWS. NEVER TRUST LEX LUTHER. HAVEN'T THEY LEARNED ANYTHING IN THE LAST 60 YEARS?

Edited by Kelevra216

Way interested! Would like how to see this goes and might lead into being a leader of a government organisation or the president but in the New 52 and see how that will all play out! Maybe... I'm just rushing my ideas out of my head.

Posted by bloggerboy

With Lex Luthor I can never see the character becoming truly good. He'll always have an alterior motive, personal gain in mind. I mean isn't it practically Lex's dayjob to be the good guy running LexCorp? Or maybe that's changed during the New 52.

I mean deep down Lex knows whatever he's doing is wrong. His jealousy towards Superman for example is disguised as some intelligent argument that the alien is dangerous. To Lex Superman is just hogging his spotlight. Luthor is not like Sinestro who truly believes that tyrannical space cops are for the benefit of the galaxy.

That's my take on it at least.

Posted by E1000

Dark reign was awesome, I hope for you DC readers that it is as good. And I hope that your "Siege", will be better.

Posted by Immortal777

So when is the Joker joining?

Posted by patrat18

SHAZAM!

Edited by SanoHibiki

In the words of Superman,

"Oh come on! It's Lex Flippin' Luthor!"

Posted by ColaNicole

@bloggerboy: I agree with this, I do however, hope that Superman is still around.

Posted by IronAngelX

Apparently someone overlooked Captain Cold in the background.

Posted by Squalleon

YES!!
This could be very good.

Posted by deadpool25mm

YES!! I always wanted this to happen! him and bruce together... their brains ...damn

Posted by animehunter

The only thing I want to know is, WHY is Wonder Woman working with Superman greatest enemy?

Posted by UltimateSMfan

Superman's gonna be PISSED!!!!!!

In the words of Superman,

"Oh come on! It's Lex Flippin' Luthor!"

This could make for a very interesting story and in Johns I trust but i can't wait to see how it actually happens cause for all their differences Bats agrees with Superman without a doubt that Lex is just no good,well at least he did.....For now though, we'll just have to sit back and wait for whats to come.

Posted by McBig

@thorson: you mean 5?

Plus where's flash?

Edited by Nahuel

Knowing how bad Johns writes Batman, there's gonna be a boring relationship between Bats and Lex.

Anyway, this sounds awesome to me.

GO CAPTAIN COLD!