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Fri Sep 22, 2017, 06:54 AM

The origin of Super Villains: Lex Luthor

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Alexander Joseph "Lex" Luthor is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, though on occasions he has established himself as an antihero. He was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Lex Luthor first appeared in Action Comics #23 (April 1940) and has since endured as the archenemy of Superman.[1]

Lex Luthor is a wealthy, power-mad American business magnate, ingenious engineer, philanthropist to the city of Metropolis, and one of the most intelligent people in the world. A charismatic and well-known public figure, he is the owner of a corporation called LexCorp, with Mercy Graves as his personal assistant and bodyguard. He is intent on ridding the world of the alien Superman, whom Lex Luthor views as an obstacle to his megalomaniacal plans and as a threat to the very existence of humanity.[2] Given his high status as a supervillain, he often comes into conflict with Batman and other superheroes in the DC Universe.[3] The character was originally introduced as a diabolical recluse but was later reimagined by writers during the Modern Age as a devious, high-profile industrialist.

Lex Luthor has traditionally lacked superpowers or a dual identity and typically appears with a bald head.[3] He periodically wears his Warsuit, a high-tech battle suit giving him enhanced strength, flight, advanced weaponry, and other capabilities.[4] Luthor has carefully crafted his public persona in order to avoid suspicion and arrest. He is well known for his philanthropy, donating vast sums of money to Metropolis over the years, funding parks, foundations, and charities.[5]

The character was ranked 4th on IGN's list of the Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time[6] and as the 8th Greatest Villain by Wizard on its 100 Greatest Villains of All Time list.[7] Luthor is one of a few genre-crossing villains whose adventures take place "in a world in which the ordinary laws of nature are slightly suspended".[4] Scott James Wells, Sherman Howard, John Shea, and Michael Rosenbaum portrayed the character in Superman-themed television series, while Lyle Talbot, Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, and Jesse Eisenberg have portrayed the character in major motion pictures.

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Response to Javaman (Original post)

Fri Sep 22, 2017, 07:01 AM

1. Lex is fascinating

His motivations are fascinating. At some level he sees Superman as an insult to human potential. And I'm not sure he's wrong in that.

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Fri Sep 22, 2017, 07:22 AM

2. He is a major villain, along with is mother,

in the television series Supergirl. He is in prison, serving 32 life sentences. His mother, Lillian Luther is an anti-alien zealot and enemy of Supergirl. His sister, Lena Luther, is one of Supergirl's closest friends. Lena changes the company name to Lcorp and seeks to do good in the world. Lots of mother-daughter drama with Lillian and Lena.

Season 3 begins October 9th on The CW.

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