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    Character » Lex Luthor appears in 3962 issues.

    Lex Luthor, Superman's arch-nemesis, is one of the most brilliant men alive, whose hatred of "interfering aliens" pushes him down the path of a sociopath. Known for his "ends justifies the means" approach to life, his single-minded and often brutal focus puts him at odds with The Man of Steel. Luthor is arguably DC Comics' most iconic villain.

    Can Lex Luthor be Trusted with Batman's Secret?

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    Edited By gmanfromheck

    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.

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    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?

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

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    luthor next robin: CONFIRMED.

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    deactivated-5fbfd5d291164

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    Nope.

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    @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?

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    Hell no!

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    #7  Edited By HolySerpent

    Lex Luther bald wonder

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

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

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    @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.

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    Interesting

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    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.

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

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    At this point everyone knows. :P

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    @maruko101:

    ahahahha good point! it should be interesting to see!

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    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

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    @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.

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    New 52...

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    luthor next robin: CONFIRMED.

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

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    #21  Edited By Outside_85

    Short answer: No.

    Long answer: Nooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo.

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    @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!!

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    #23 the_stegman  Moderator

    In the words of Justice League Unlimited Superman

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

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

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    #25  Edited By Superguy1591

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

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

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    #27  Edited By Thor_Ul

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

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    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!

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    #30  Edited By Croi

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

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

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    @thor_ul:

    Exactly like this. ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

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    Hopefully this gif will assist in any lingering doubt.

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    Hell no.

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    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"

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    #39  Edited By deadpool25mm

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

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    #40  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?

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    @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.

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    @maruko101:

    Still isnt too late for that to happen.

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    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

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    #44  Edited By Winter_Kills

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

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    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.

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    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.

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    As long as Batman doesn't tempt him.

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

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    Obviously Luthor wants Mount Olympus.

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    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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