A major super-villain, and an enemy of Superman.
Lex Luthor is the most frequently seen villain in the show. He is shown as a mature, tall, well built adult with a slightly tanned complexion and a distinctive bald head. In character he is talkative in a well-spoken accent, cultured (he likes to drink tea), and has a good sense of humor, but has a fanaticism that leads him to seek to destroy Superman and other superheroes. He is self-centered which leads him to be dismissive towards everyone else and has an arrogant belief in his own superiority which blinds him to his own limitations, and although he works with other villains (Joker, Chronos, Circe), he is always a treacherous partner. In his desire for world domination he is prepared to develop a weapon of mass destruction or start a nuclear war, but he can have pangs of conscience which make him abandon such actions. He has a brilliant technological mind and uses it to develop the weapons needed to deal with his enemies but, although he must have financial resources, we are never shown him in charge of a company, i.e. LexCorp. Indeed, he is frequently seen to be in jail.
Luthor uses technology to counteract the powers of his superhero opponents and carries weapons at least partly created by himself but often make use of stolen technology (S.T.A.R. Labs is a favorite source). These are usually designed to bring down Superman and can take the form of a kryptonite ray gun or infectious microscopic machines (nano-bots). Luthor can use the latter to enhance his own abilities by generating strong repulsive forces to become the purple-suited villain called 'Repulse'.
In combat he usually wears a bronze-and-black 'battle suit' (or 'war suit') that covers the whole body but leaves his head exposed. The suit is said to be "powered up" (it can have an 'on/off' button on the back) and is made of hard, smooth plates that have an 'L' symbol on the chest. The suit provides Luthor's ability to fly which is made possible by the jets that shoot from the soles of his boots.
Wonder Woman tells us that the suit is invulnerable, but his bare head appears to be able to absorb blows too, and in addition the suit can be surrounded by a green force field to deflect gun shots. While wearing it, Luthor has the strength to rip off and buckle a heavy steel door before throwing it through the air. The 'L' symbol can light up and give off a blast to knock over surrounding opponents, and the forearm plates can extend outwards causing Luthor's gloves to glow green before shooting a green ray blast.
The color of these blasts might suggest a connection with kryptonite, particularly as they can knock down Superman. Metal objects gripped with the gloves can be made to heat up and melt. The suit also carries other weaponry and tools such as bombs, rockets, and grappling hooks. Luthor also has a gray-and-black suit that can shoot red sun ray blasts, and a purple-and-black one developed with the help of Chronos that can control speed and time.
Various bases and hideouts are maintained by Luthor that are packed with technology and are where he keeps his battle suits.
- 12. Repulse!
- 16. Luthor in Paradise
- 21. Inside Job
- 33. Best Day Ever
- 36. Superman Red vs. Superman Blue
- 39. The Brain Buster
- 45. Race Against Crime
- Short 5. It's a Trap!
- Short 15. Plastic Man of Steel
- Lex Luthor on Wikipedia.
- Lex Luthor usually wears green and purple armor. This version wears gold and black and also has a variety of different suits.