I think an older Batman is good because you can immediately kick off the Cinematic Universe as having a rich rogue's gallery of preestablished villains. It establishes the kind of world Superman is dropping into - a world riddled with crime lords, where heroes have tried and failed to make a change and have lost hope. Then Supes comes in and brightens things up, gives hope to characters like Batman and Catwoman. As for Lex, we haven't seen a proper, well done Lex in ages. However, he could also appear as a sinister side character in the first Superman film, with the main villain being someone else. Mongul, or Atomic Skull perhaps. What are your thoughts on my streamlining of Hawkman/woman's backstories? Not being a comic reader, just someone who reads up on them to theorycraft movies - I have no idea when I am committing comic-book sacrilege with some of my ideas.