Historically speaking, power has always equaled real estate. Look at some of the greatest conflicts of our time and then say that land is just land. Land equals domain, domain equals the access to resources and/or the ability to conquer, manage, own, and more importantly -- govern. The key essential to any governing power, any governing entity is that you must have SOMETHING to govern. Without land, governments would not exist. Even the smallest tribes, nomadic they may be even, require a plot that is of purpose to direct and sustain themselves. The Crusades, some of the bloodiest medieval conflicts, was essentially about land, or at least strategically. The Prussian Wars were about the same. The French/Indians Wars. American Revolutionary War, the continual 17th-19th century Indian/American wars, War with Mexico, The Spanish-American War all contained, or rested solely on, dynamics of land ownership. It is the reason that one saw such rampant imperialism between the 18th and 20th century. Land is a means to expanding power. Why? People need land. Unlike Superman, we cannot fly. Everything we do, from brushing our teeth to flying to the moon, is dependent to some degree on land. Land gives us water, gives us the minerals that create a toothbrush; land gives us special minerals that go into astro-fuel, it provides a landing strip. Even World War I and II (especially II) contain strong elements of land ownership. Asia's role in the last 19th thru mid-20 centuries is one of land issues such as extraterritoriality (the ability of a foriegn nation to govern sects of land in another nation), minerals, spices, and waypoint stations. Land is not just about real-estate. Sure, Lex may make jokes of it that way. But in reality, his use of "real estate" is in and on itself sarcastic and satirical. In the end, its about power. And not just your corny villain, "I want power!” Its much more dynamic then that. As I said, land is not just land. Land is control and power. From the looks of it, Luthor will bridge an entire continent. Make an entire continent. Why? Because such an item -- now overriding into the US -- will make people dependent upon him. Its the idea that Superman would never condone, something he shies away from with his own powers -- to make people dependent. Here Luthor's using Kryptonian technology to make everyone dependent upon him, and in the process casually killing millions of people. Luthor isn't evil? I can't think of anything more evil. We regard Hitler as one of the most evil men in the world because he broke through into Poland (land) and seized them, exterminating those he saw unfit in casual glory, as if it were a means to an end. Here you have Luthor, with the genius to CREATE the land, not take it over, but in the process wiping out much of the US Eastern coast in his bid for power as if they were only a means. Entire peoples have been exterminated in the conquest for more land and thus, more power. The Native Americans. South American tribal cultures. Jews. Wanting land has lead to so many problems in this world? Look at the Middle East today? You want to know what that is? One gigantic real-estate venture gone sour. Luthor is in many ways the end product of man’s most continual dilemma and flaw: the craving and lust for more power. It is only fitting that he should resort to man’s most common tool in accomplishing such an end. Land. And in that lay the simplicity of it all.