Superman fever has gripped DC fans again thanks to the cameo appearance of Henry Cavil’s version of the Kryptonian in Black Adam. In addition, there are rumors about a man of Steel Sequel and the appointment of James Gunn as co-CEO of DC Studios have also pushed euphoria to an all-time high.
All sorts of possibilities are emerging with the latest developments, including resuming early DC projects such as: Kleinville. Fans would be delighted to see some characters return, and the one that should not be left behind when an opportunity like this arises is Michael Rosenbaum’s Lex Luthor. That’s because the villain is pretty weird in terms of his personality.
Lex’s passion for politics
Lex Luthor’s passion for politics on the show is evident in his successful run as a Kansas State Senator. Clark also has a vision of 2013 where Lex is a presidential candidate. And in the alternate reality seen in Season 7, Lex is the President, with one of Superman’s most powerful villains, Brainiac, as his chief of staff. Lex also gets involved in politics Lex Luthor (2000) #1 and eventually becomes President.
Rosenbaum’s Lex is fighting for office with the same zeal as its comic book counterpart. And while the character’s political journey is smoother in the comic, choosing to make it harder for him on the show helps make him more interesting. His motives are not hidden either. Becoming a politician means being able to make laws that make life difficult for superheroes.
Lex’s jealousy and competitiveness
Lex is physically weak, but he is often willing to fight just to prove himself as a superhero. This need leads him to engage in a deadly duel with Oliver Queen, aka Arrow. in the Action Comics #544, Lex creates the “Warsuit” to help him defeat Superman so he can show the world he’s better. In addition, he goes so far as to be trained by the Amazons of Themyscira.
On TV, Lex Luthor’s jealousy and competitiveness make even more sense because Oliver Queen is a billionaire like himself. The two also happen to be former schoolmates, so each has to prove they’re better off in life than the other. Also, Lex is unhappy that Oliver not only earns a lot of money but can also fight. As for his feud with Clark Kent, it all goes back to his previous encounters with aliens, which weren’t always nice.
Lex’ aggressive business style
As the owner of LuthorCorp, Rosenbaum’s Lex is so aggressive in his business practices that he buys the Daily Planet and appoints himself CEO. Lex also founds one of the most evil organizations in comics, LexCorp, in Superman #416 and uses it to acquire Inter-Continental Airlines and Southwestern Petroleum.
World domination is a shared desire of super villains, and Lex’s penchant for acquisition is inspired by his dream of being in charge of all that matters to the human population. Buying the Daily Planet is a smart move for him as it gives him the opportunity to spread all kinds of propaganda about himself. It is therefore no surprise that he will be elected President in the future.
Lex’ social nature
As evil as Lex is on the show, he’s very friendly. Because of this, he becomes close to Brainiac. He and Clark can also joke around a few times. Such mannerisms can be traced back to the comics, where Lex befriends many villains, including one of Batman’s top villains, the Joker.
Being charming, Lex never has a problem making friends or finding a new lover. It’s harder for him to keep her because he’s a self-centered person. A trend is therefore seen in the series where Clark occasionally understands him and chooses to work with him, only to be disappointed once again and label him a threat.
From creating a compound clone of himself, the LX-Ø, to erasing his memories to increase his brain’s functionality, Lex has no limits when it comes to experimentation. On the pages, most of his experiments involve creating a submissive version of Superman, and he almost accomplishes that in Titans United (Vol. 1) #2 when he makes Kon-El.
If there is someone who will change the world, Lex believes it should be him. After all, he has the brains and resources to do it. For him, changing the world also means getting rid of Superman, and this perspective acts as an incentive. For a villain with no special skills, dealing with one of the most overpowered superheroes of all time also requires some creativity, which is why Lex is always coming up with unique inventions.
Lex’s hatred towards the family
Lex never likes his family. He murders his father Lionel, illegally clones his brother Jonathan, and stabs his half-sister Tess to death. In the comics, his anger is mostly directed at his father, who abused him as a child.
The brutal way Lex treats his family on the show is just a reminder that he’s not an unstoppable antagonist. And while his hatred of his father is legitimate, the way he treats those around him makes him seem vicious
Lex’s thirst for knowledge
Rosenbaum’s character has a strong thirst for knowledge and his will to learn has made him multilingual. Having read many books, he also regularly quotes historical figures. events in New Superman #9 also reveal that the illustrated Lex not only knows Mandarin and Korean, but also reads a lot.
Plain villains are never unforgettable, and portraying Lex as a person who values knowledge makes him more iconic than the beat-em-up types. A villain who claims to know why Julius Caesar fell is unlikely to make the same mistakes he did. So if he survives numerous dangerous situations, the events are believable.
Lex’s bad relationship skills
Just like the comics Lex, who never has significant relationships, the TV Lex is mostly clueless about how to please his romantic partners. That’s why he has an ongoing relationship with Lana Lang. His marriage to Helen Bryce also fails.
Villains are primarily designed to fail, so watching Lex struggle to maintain a relationship while Clark has a healthy love life is part of the dynamic. In both the comics and the series, Lex either tries too hard or not hard enough. Even more interesting is the fact that he always doesn’t care about the result.
Lex’s condescending manner
Rosenbaum’s Lex is extremely bossy when dealing with LexCorp and Daily Planet employees. And so is the character on the pages, taking her condescending manner all the way to the White House.
With a lot of power comes arrogance, which is why he adopts a can’t-do attitude throughout the show. At the same time, everyone who works for him or with him must submit their bids, otherwise they will pay dearly. It’s one of the few traits Lex shares with many other film and television villains.
Lex’s outgoing nature
Whether it’s going to the Fortress of Solitude or entering the Katawtche Caverns. Lex never misses an opportunity to have adventures. This is also the case on the DC sides, where Lex always puts himself in the front lines even though he has people to send.
Fans would accept nothing less than an adventurous Lex Luthor, as the billionaire inventor is known for being a Type A personality category. Furthermore. There’s a lot going on in the world of Superman and to keep up with it all, Lex needs to be out here too. In the comics, the character has obviously traveled more territory since he’s been around for ages, but the younger TV version is also trying to keep up.
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