Between Bruce Wayne losing his fortune and Dick Grayson gaining his, I’ve been doing an awful lot of writing about billionaires lately. Now Lex Luthor, another notable DC Universe billionaire, has entered the chat, and things are about to get interesting. Joshua Williamson (who has one of the greatest first names in history) is the latest Batman writer, and his story kicked off with fireworks, cosplay and murder last month in Batman #118. The first chapter ended with the Dark Knight learning that Lex Luthor has taken over the funding of Batman Incorporated, which can only mean trouble for the world.
Over the years, creators and fans have delighted in pitting Batman and Superman against one another, but I always thought Lex Luthor was a more interesting adversary for the Dark Knight. Superman and Batman work better as allies who keep each other in check, whereas Luthor presents an interesting challenge for the Dark Knight. Batman can’t punch his way out of a Lex Luthor scheme, and the maniacal mogul can hold his own against Bruce Wayne’s wallet. Of course, now that Bruce Wayne has lost his fortune, the power dynamic between him and Luthor just got a bit more interesting.
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