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Lex Luthor

Knowledge Identifier: $Lex_Luthor


Lex Luthor

Fictional character, a supervillain appearing in comic books published by DC Comics add

Category: Movies & TV (150)

Launched in 1950.

Countries: United States (75%), (11%), United Kingdom (7%)

Main connections: Superman Returns, Superman, Superman in film

Linked to: Infinity Inc., Massachusetts Institute of Technology




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A 1960 story by Jerry Siegel expanded upon Luthor's origin and motivations, revealing him to be a childhood friend of Superman's who lost his hair when a fire destroyed his laboratory add something


In 1960, writer Jerry Siegel altered Luthor's backstory to incorporate his hair loss into his origin add something


These elements were played up in various stories throughout the 1970s and 1980s, particularly in Elliot S. Maggin's novel "Last Son of Krypton" add something


Doctor Octopus - In the 1976 DC/Marvel intercompany crossover "Superman vs. the Amazing $ Spider-Man", Doctor Octopus forms an alliance with fellow criminal scientist Lex Luthor, in an effort to conquer the world and kill their archenemies -- Spider-Man and Superman


Gene Hackman - Hackman showed a talent for both comedy and the "slow burn" as criminal mastermind Lex Luthor in Superman: The Movie, as he would in its 1980 and 1987 sequels.


Abin Sur - In 1978, John F. Kennedy arranges for Lex Luthor to be allowed to examine the wreckage to develop weapons to use against Superman, in this setting the ruler of the Soviet Union


Lois Lane - She had cameos in the 1978 film "Superman" as Lois Lane's mother and in the 2006 film "Superman Returns" as Lex Luthor's dying rich wife


Following the 1985 limited series "Crisis on Infinite Earths", the character was re-imagined as a Machiavellian industrialist and white-collar criminal, even briefly serving as President of the United States add something


Lana Lang - In 2000, Senator Ross became Lex Luthor's vice presidential running mate in Luthor's bid to become President, and after the two won, Lana moved to Washington, D.C. Eventually, Luthor was forced from his office, and Pete Ross became President


Michael Rosenbaum - In 2001, Rosenbaum received a Saturn Award for his portrayal of Lex Luthor on "Smallville"


In 2004, Kurt Carley portrayed Luthor in Sandy Collora's fan film "World's Finest" add something


Recent changes to DC Comics continuity were revealed to have been a result of the 2005 "Infinite Crisis" mini-series add something


Ian Roberts (rugby league) - He appeared in the 2006 motion picture "Superman Returns" as Riley, a henchman of Lex Luthor


Parker Posey - In 2006, Posey appeared in "Superman Returns" as Kitty Kowalski, Lex Luthor's ditzy sidekick, a character based on Eve Teschmacher from the 1978 film "Superman"


Kevin Spacey - In 2006, Spacey played Lex Luthor in the Bryan Singer–directed superhero film, Superman Returns.


Superman in film - The director confirmed in a 2012 interview that Robert Downey, Jr. had been cast as Lex Luthor


Michael Rosenbaum - He is best known for portraying Lex Luthor on the Superman television series "Smallville", a role that "TV Guide" included in their 2013 list of The 60 Nastiest Villains of All Time


On January 2013, Geoff Johns announced that Lex Luthor and Captain Cold will be joining the justice league add something


On January 2014, Geoff Johns announced that Lex Luthor and Captain Cold will be joining the Justice League add something


Superman in film - On January 31, 2014, Jesse Eisenberg and Jeremy Irons were cast as Lex Luthor and Alfred Pennyworth, respectively


Jesse Eisenberg - In a fictional write-up of the new LexCorp on "Fortune", stylized as a magazine profile and published October 5, 2015, it was revealed that Eisenberg will actually be portraying the son of Lex Luthor, Alexander "Lex" Luthor, Jr


In DC's 2016 line-wide relaunch "DC Rebirth", following the death of the New 52 $ Superman, Luthor decides to assume Superman's symbol in a new suit of battle armor to protect Metropolis, but he is confronted by the Pre-"Flashpoint" Superman, who refuses to believe that Luthor's intentions are as noble add something


Norman Osborn - IGN ranked him as twenty fourth on their top 100 villains list in 2016 being the third highest Marvel Comics supervillain on the list after Magneto and Doctor Doom and the fifth highest comic book supervillain with DC Comics supervillains Joker and Lex Luthor being the only other higher ranked


Justice League Part One - That same month, Jesse Eisenberg stated that he would reprise his role as Lex Luthor, and in June 2016, he confirmed in an interview with "Shortlist" magazine of his return


Superman in film - In November 2016, Kevin Smith said that he was open to having the "Superman Lives" script be adapted as an animated film, with Nicholas Cage voicing Superman and Michael Rooker voicing Lex Luthor


In the 2017-2018 "Watchmen" sequel "Doomsday Clock", Ozymandias goes to LexCorp in order to enlist Lex Luthor to help him locate Doctor Manhattan add something


Jon Cryer - On November 16, 2018, it was announced that Cryer had been cast as the classic villain Lex Luthor on The CW's "Supergirl " in a recurring role, starting in the fifteenth episode of Season 4