The Superman films have done many things right through the years, but even Gene Hackman couldn't give the franchise a solid take on the Man of Steel's best-known adversary.
This is the first image we've seen of Jesse Einsenberg as the bald super genius in the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
"He’s not any of the Lexes that you’ve seen, that’s for sure," director Zack Snyder told Entertainment Weekly, "other than him being a captain of industry and one person to the world and another person to himself. And bald, of course."
There's only so much we can take from a single image but I'm going to go on record and say this looks pretty good. This is a character that looks like he could be a match for Superman. There's something determined and menacing in this shot that's welcome for a movie that runs such a high risk of giving into the series' sillier influences.
Keep in mind, they've also made Aquaman look badass, so magic is clearly in the air. Here's the full image: