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What are your favourite incarnations of Lex Luthor?

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glasgowceltic

Whale Castrato

Postby glasgowceltic » Fri Aug 23, 2013 6:41 am

I love the speech Luthor gives at the start of Kreuger & Ross' Justice:

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Who decided we needed to be saved?

Who decided to roll out the red carpet for the saviours? That's what I want to know.

We were the forgers of the planet, the lifters of the flame. We were the dreamers and the myth-makers. We were the inventors, and the industry and the life and the blood. We were Earth's men. Not THEM.

But it's too late now. We gave it to the aliens and to the robots and to the myths that demanded with their presence that we believe in them. And bow to them. And trust them.

We discovered the atom. We created the bomb. It was our responsibility.

It didn't have to be, not fully. Not in a world populated by the otherworldly.

We should have done all we could despite the rescuers.

But we were lazy. Their very being made us lazy.

And now its all going to blow up in our collective face.

I hate to say I told you so.

But who listens to me? I'm only human.

[...]

Survival. Perhaps that is all I can hope for at this point. Our potential was stunted when Earth became the battlefield for the rest of the cosmos.

... When the so-called Justice League of America banded together because they were unwilling to allow us to bleed and suffer and learn how to defend ourselves.

... When Earth and humanity became but suburbs to the conflicts of a Galaxy.

And we realized we were no longer alone.


What are your favourite versions of Lex Luthor?
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eltopo

Twenty-Something

Postby eltopo » Fri Aug 23, 2013 8:51 am

morriosn's take on him in allstar superman
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LoganRSA

FROGMAN

Postby LoganRSA » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:07 am

I've always had a special place in my heart for classic mad scientist Luthor. However, I thought it was a brilliant idea to transform him like they did in Byrne's reboot. Giving him political/financial power to offset Superman's physical power was a good play and made them equals for the first time. I didn't like fat, balding Lex, though, but I loved the kryptonite ring.

Still, I prefer criminal genius Lex, much like the All-Star version.
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Jack Burton

biny little tird

Postby Jack Burton » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:26 am

Log-Man wrote:I've always had a special place in my heart for classic mad scientist Luthor. However, I thought it was a brilliant idea to transform him like they did in Byrne's reboot. Giving him political/financial power to offset Superman's physical power was a good play and made them equals for the first time. I didn't like fat, balding Lex, though, but I loved the kryptonite ring.

Still, I prefer criminal genius Lex, much like the All-Star version.


I have a soft spot for evil criminal scientist version too but I also really love the for lack of a better term evil Tony Stark version.

The animated DCU version does a perfect combo of the two and Clancy Brown's voicework just puts him over the top.
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Jack Burton

biny little tird

Postby Jack Burton » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:27 am

And before I forget Azzarello's Luthor was really great too.
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MrBlack

WTF is this rank?

Postby MrBlack » Fri Aug 23, 2013 9:34 am

The DCAU version combined the best aspects of all the different iterations.
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Grayson

Outhouse Drafter

Postby Grayson » Fri Aug 23, 2013 10:16 am

It's a pretty tough call between the All-Star Superman version and the DCUA version.
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Amoebas

Son of Stein

Postby Amoebas » Fri Aug 23, 2013 11:30 am

I'll second Byrne & Wolfman's Lex. Donald Trump has spent his career mimicking this version.
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habitual

Silly French Man

Postby habitual » Fri Aug 23, 2013 12:34 pm

Red Son Luthor was one of the best.

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Pink_Orchid

The Virgin Connie Swail

Postby Pink_Orchid » Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:10 pm

DCAU.
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Zechs

Outhouse Editor

Postby Zechs » Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:26 pm

There will never be an epic Luthor moments than this one:



or this:

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habitual

Silly French Man

Postby habitual » Fri Aug 23, 2013 2:45 pm

As opposed to mocking you for saying there will never be a more epic moment than this, then posting two moments, I'm just going to say this has both of those beat hands down:

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:D

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MikeinLA

Rorshach Test Subject

Postby MikeinLA » Fri Aug 23, 2013 3:30 pm

Gene Hackman's

Clancy Brown was good too, especially when they ditched the "evil industrialist" persona.

Nobama

Postby Nobama » Fri Aug 23, 2013 4:55 pm

Smallville by a landslide
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pastajoe

PЦИKЧ ВЯЁ&#106

Postby pastajoe » Fri Aug 23, 2013 5:09 pm

I liked Luthor and his Mankind Liberation Front in Kingdom Come.

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