COMICS: Lex Luthor Blackmails Bruce Wayne In First Look At JUSTICE LEAGUE #31

Why is Lex Luthor blackmailing Bruce Wayne? Well, it could have something to do with the fact that he knows Batman's secret identity and plans on using that information to become a member of the Justice League! Hit the jump for a first look at issue #31 of the critically acclaimed series.

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JUSTICE LEAGUE #31
Written by GEOFF JOHNS
Pencils by DOUG MAHNKE
Cover by IVAN REIS
Source: Crave Online
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Doopie - 6/24/2014, 5:01 AM
Finally, Lex figures it out!
Mikeg1965 - 6/24/2014, 5:05 AM
Yeeeaah', thats' not going to work out to well for Lex'.
TheSoulEater - 6/24/2014, 5:06 AM
Pfft, it won't last
knocturnalzen10 - 6/24/2014, 5:08 AM
he got it off the reaction he gave nightwing smh bruce is screwed
yingyangpalms - 6/24/2014, 5:11 AM
Like who wouldn't figure it out? The moment Batman runs around using billions of dollars in vehicles it would'nt take long to narrow down the billionaires to Wayne. Then throw in his build. Match his face to pics of Batman and it's over.

Doopie - 6/24/2014, 5:11 AM
It more than likely won't last - maybe a mind-wipe or someone dressed as Batman turning up in the same place as Bruce - but it should make for an interesting conversation between the two. I've said it before though, Lex should have figured this out loooong ago
Dev7 - 6/24/2014, 5:39 AM
Its easy to say people would have figured out Bruce's identity as Batman but I don't think its as obvious as people think. For example what if Donald Trump were to do the same thing that Batman does using all his billions of dollars to fight crime etc... No one in the world would think that Batman is Trump. Its easy to think Bruce is Batman being a reader of the comics and a third party watching over all that happens but it won't be so in the context of the real world.
Dev7 - 6/24/2014, 5:40 AM
Its easy to say people would have figured out Bruce's identity as Batman but I don't think its as obvious as people think. For example what if Donald Trump were to do the same thing that Batman does using all his billions of dollars to fight crime etc... No one in the world would think that Batman is Trump. Its easy to think Bruce is Batman being a reader of the comics and a third party watching over all that happens but it won't be so in the context of the real world.

And by real world I mean being a member of that comic book world not being a reader who sees all that happens like a God.
Sumitsjc - 6/24/2014, 5:57 AM
Now this will be Interesting to get hold on.
Doopie - 6/24/2014, 6:01 AM
Dev

I think the difference is that Lex is meant to be one of, if not the smartest guy on the planet and has been face to face with Batman and Bruce on several occasions. You'd think if he really wanted to (and I would if I were him) he could have it cracked in an afternoon
Arrowhead77 - 6/24/2014, 6:05 AM
Looks good.
BeeMo - 6/24/2014, 6:09 AM
@Dev7
For the layman, I would agree with you that Bruce's dual identity wouldn't be easily figured out - but -- to someone like Lex Luthor with all the resources of his company, he could easily deduce it by knowing about Bruce's parents deaths, Bruce's build, his early disappearance for almost ten years and then Batman's appearance soon after his return to Gotham in the early years.

Especially the tech Batman uses could be led back to Wayne Enterprises as well.
InfiniteMonkey - 6/24/2014, 6:27 AM
Best writer and penciler team out there.

Romita Jr. sucks!
arsonjack - 6/24/2014, 6:32 AM
Wait lex can figure out a masked batman's identity but not of unmasked superman.
victoriansquid - 6/24/2014, 6:40 AM
A few years ago, Grant Morrison in "Batman Unlimited" did have Bruce Wayne hold a press conference to say that he funds Batman. Also, Wayne has purposely laid many fake clues to indicate he is not Batman. Including sightings of the two of them together. So, it's not that obvious to investigators.
Gusto - 6/24/2014, 7:05 AM
So...that's Power Ring's ring, right?
CauseImBatman91939 - 6/24/2014, 7:25 AM
now if only Lex can put together Clark is superman
wcwpoet - 6/24/2014, 7:38 AM
Uh Lex can figure out Bruce Wayne is Batman but can't figure out Clark Kent is Superman? If Batman don't school this douche bag
IUsedToBeThecase - 6/24/2014, 7:57 AM
Supermans secret identity is the worst.
ManCalledSting - 6/24/2014, 8:13 AM
Meekly that's an interesting turn of events.
RexDartEskimoSpy - 6/24/2014, 8:20 AM
If I had a dollar for every time a chick pulled a shotgun on me when I tried to give her my magic ring...
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 6/24/2014, 8:38 AM
This is really cool. Both Lex and Bruce are extremely intelligent so it is going to be hard for Bruce to convince Lex that he isn't Batman and it is going to he hard for Lex to convince Bruce that he is.
thatcoldblackcloud - 6/24/2014, 8:41 AM
One of the worst artists in the history of comic books: Dough "grinding-teeth" Mahnke. UGH New fifty-Poo keeps getting worse and worse.
earzmundo - 6/24/2014, 9:09 AM
even stevie wonder could tell bruce wayne is batman
113 - 6/24/2014, 9:24 AM
Bats secret identity is easier to figure out - why?

Who else in Gotham city can afford all those gadgets, who else fits the profile of a young,Gotham, city billionaire with the build to go out fighting crime?

It's just takes some basic reasoning skills. Clark may have a seemingly simple disguise but if you master the art of changing mannerisms you can indeed appear to be a completely different person with only slight changes to appearance.

I actually thought they pulled that off well at the end of MoS. In the closing scene with Clark at the Daily Planet he looked/seemed very different than when he was in the Supes suit, and even when he was just normal Clark/prior to the suit. He had a more frantic, and friendly, vibe to him. He smiled more, wore a different outfit than we'd seen him in. His hair was shaggier, etc...

It wouldn't be impossible to pull of the deception. I think for a guy as smart as Luthor narrowing down who COULD be Batman would be easy, and all signs would point to Bruce Wayne.
Dunejedi - 6/24/2014, 11:12 AM
To me, Luthor always seemed like a more natural nemesis for Batman than Superman. Wayne and Luthor are both driven, obscenely wealthy, self-made men. This could/should be interesting.
jimdotbeep - 6/24/2014, 11:24 AM
Luthor has always been a boring villain. And pulling crap like putting him in the league constantly exposing secret identities a d the overall bad writing of the New 52 justice League Books is the reason. I stopped reading Justice League.

All the New 52 Justice League books have ever done is pull one Stupid cash grabbing headline baiting plea for attention after another. Geoff Johns is better than this and he needs to start showing it again.
TheAmericanPatriot - 6/24/2014, 12:00 PM
So...when's the next reboot? LOL!!!
CavEl - 6/24/2014, 12:29 PM
Lex doesn't want to believe that Superman is Clark Kent, it's nothing to do with his disguise.

Anyway, Bruce Wayne is Batman isn't he easiest thing to do deduce. His alibi is that Bruce Wayne is off partying with whores, that's why you don't see much of him, but why doesn't the cops ever do a follow up investigation?
SniktBub - 6/24/2014, 12:56 PM
She's hot and in shape for staying inside for 4 years
BATMANx - 6/24/2014, 1:34 PM
Luthor doesn't know who he's Dealing with.. Batman isn't Afraid to break Every Bone in that Scum Bags Body..
staypuffed - 6/24/2014, 3:20 PM
Doug Mahnke? ugh. Where's Ivan Reis?
JohnTom88 - 6/24/2014, 7:25 PM
Batman and Lex are not self made men.. they had kaboodle of inheritances.

Want self made men? Try Mr Terrific and Moon Knight over at Marvel.




rabid - 6/24/2014, 9:38 PM
I'm glad this is happening. It happened about 10 years ago after Bruce Wayne Fugitive, when Lex figured out his secret and manipulated him through Checkmate. But they never really handled the fallout or had the secret identity conversation.
At least DC is making this happen. Marvel is twiddling their thumbs with the Peter Parker/Flash Thompson conversation.
druzod2501 - 6/25/2014, 12:02 AM
Bruce publicly admitted to financing Batman so him running around with all that gear wouldn't be enough on its own for Lex or anyone to deduce that he IS Batman.
case - 6/25/2014, 2:46 AM
Not a great fan of Mahnke's.

Let's go for the old Alfred-dressed-as-Batman trick for the cover up. That should do it.

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