In an ad for Warner Bros.’ “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Lex Luthor takes part in an interview that reveals some new information about the DC Cinematic Universe, including some familiar names: Kord, Stagg, Queen and Krieg.
While Wayne Enterprises is almost universally known to belong to Bruce Wayne, the others will also be familiar to fans of the DC Universe. For instance, Queen Industries is run by Oliver Queen, the Justice League’s own Green Arrow. Likewise, Kord Industries refers to Ted Kord, who becomes Blue Beetle, and Gheschaft Kreif has ties to Cyborg. Stagg Industries also hints at a possible connection to Metamorpho. By including them in the graphic below, which appeared in the aforementioned ad, the DC Cinematic Universe welcomes them into the fold.
Luthor also makes a big namedrop in the interview: A.R.G.U.S. While we knew A.R.G.U.S. would be involved in the DC Cinematic Universe thanks to the forthcoming “Suicide Squad” film, this is the first time it has been mentioned in connection to “Batman v Superman.” Lex seems to give a little nod to Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) as well.
“I’m not going to go into a lot of detail here,” Luthor says. “Suffice it to say the dangers we’ve been talking about are very real. And they’re not just limited to a couple of alien brawlers able to level tall buildings in a single bout. I’m ready to sit down with whatever task force the government has assembled — in the interest of sharing intelligence and building solutions together. If she… they… Argus… the government, whatever you want to call it, has a real interest in fighting for the future, they ought to work with those of us who are already on the front lines.”
When the interviewer asks for clarification, he adds, “What. Is. Argus. Spelled A.R.G.U.S.”
He also discusses his thoughts on Batman’s “ridiculous” brand of vigilantism. “I’d say he’s all too human. Any objective analyst will tell you that his brand of justice, vigilantism, is painfully outmoded, designed to be effective in an age when the law carried billy clubs because crime carried knives. The most dangerous guy on the street worked in the shadows because he was cowardly and superstitious. That’s all you needed to play upon in order to disrupt their operations. You want to clean up the streets? Dress up like the boogeyman, switch on a fog machine and lower your voice.”
“The new threats facing us are real. And they’re growing. It’s past time for a radical rethink of our rusted-out lines of defense. If I have a philosophy here, it’s this: You don’t solve a multiplication problem with division. Unite, or die. The public and the private sectors have to work together to create the next generation of defense technologies necessary to literally save the world. This is the future, and lone gunmen and caped crusaders aren’t worth the ink it takes to print their name in a footnote,” he concludes.
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