Titans suggests the DCU has big plans for Lex Luthor and Superman

The following contains spoilers for Titans Season 4 Episode 1, “Lex Luthor,” streaming now on HBO Max.

The TV series Titans has featured numerous heroes and villains from across the DC Universe, although many were closely related to the Teen Titans Property. A notable exception was the recent addition of Superman’s nemesis Lex Luthor, but it didn’t last long. The same episode that introduced the show about the corrupt Metropolis menace also killed him.

This was supposedly due to some sort of embargo by DC, suggesting something is in the pipeline for Lex that the company doesn’t want to compete with Titans. Given Henry Cavill’s recent return as Superman, it’s highly likely that Luthor will return to the DCU proper. Here’s what the plans for the bald villain might entail.

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DC’s notorious embargo cut short Lex Luthor’s Titans performance

Titans season 4 kills Lex Luthor

Titus Welliver’s Lex Luthor has been announced for Season 4 of Titans Months before the episode actually aired, making it seem like the villain would play a major role in the series. Such a story direction would make sense considering he is one of Titans member Superboy’s genetic “fathers”. Unfortunately, that didn’t turn out the way many fans predicted. Killed by the magical machinations of the Temple of Azarath, Luthor was removed from the series as soon as he debuted.

This was apparently due to rules and restrictions imposed by supervisors at DC dictating how much Luthor could be used. Needless to say, the restrictions meant he wasn’t a recurring character on the show for too long, so his introduction and death took place in the same episode. Welliver’s Luthor and Jon Cryer’s Lex Luthor in the Arrowverse were the last seen live-action adaptations of the character, but another version of Superman’s main nemesis may return to the big screen.

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DC Studios plans to make Lex Luthor a major player in the DCU

Lex Luthor

With the current restructuring at the newly renamed DC Studios, it’s clear that the superman Property and mythology will be top priorities going forward. Henry Cavill is returning to the role, and David Zaslav, president of Warner Bros. Discovery, has also emphasized a desire for a new one superman Movie. Given that Titans limited how much Lex Luthor could be used, the villain will likely be a part of the plans for Superman to progress in the DC Universe.

Remember that when the DC Extended Universe (as it was then called) suicide squad film was released, the team’s incarnation in Arrowverse was killed by The CW. Despite claims to the contrary, DC and Warner Bros. still appear to be cautious about key features appearing in different live-action projects releasing concurrently. Similarly, DC Studios head James Gunn will be overseeing films and TV shows, which explains why shows aren’t affiliated with the DCU or Matt Reeves. The Batman Universe are canned left and right. Titans It’s probably not long in this world either, so in a way the showrunners were conditioned to focus solely on the mythos of this show and not outsiders like Lex Luthor.

Similarly, as the DCU develops through television and film, these projects will likely see the return of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor from Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice. Even if the character is recast, he will likely be in the upcoming one man of steel 2 or some other project that makes him a bigger threat. Hopefully these next appearances will better showcase Luthor’s cunning and depraved mind and really show why even the Man of Steel would fear him.


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