With Jesse Eisenberg set to portray Lex Luthor in the fast-approaching [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870), what better time is there to look into some of the most evil, dark, and twisted things his character has done during his career as Superman's arch-nemesis?
While some aren't sure about Eisenberg in the role, I think it's worth it to consider the fact that Eisenberg can nail that meticulous, calculated, incredibly intelligent character extremely well. I mean, sure he looks different with a bald head, and he may not seem all that threatening, but it's that element of deviousness that I think he'll get right.
So, here they are... 7 of the greatest Lex Luthor moments of all time, in no particular order.
1. Lex Luthor tricks Superman into a Kryptonite trap
One of the best Lex Luthor moves was tricking Superman into exposing himself to Kryptonite in Superman. He barks, "Don't touch that!" at Christopher Reeves, who was playing Superman. He opens a lead box that, much to the pleasure of Luthor completely wrecks his abilities and strength.
Then Luthor talks a little trash to Superman:
"You were great in your day, Superman. But it just stands to reason, when it came time to cash in your chips, this old diseased maniac would be your banker."
He then makes a makeshift Kryptonite necklace, puts it around Superman, and casually pushes him into a pool. Boom. Pure evil, and the fact that he toys with Superman only adds insult to injury.
2. Becoming president... casually
Donald Trump is currently a legitimate, viable option to become President of the United States. It felt weird writing that. But yeah, Lex Luthor as POTUS is probably equally as scary. He casually became Prez in Lex 2000 #1 by airbrushing his criminal past.
He actually ends up being a surprisingly decent president, popular with the masses, and he even helps unite various superheroes and US troops in a fight with Imperiex. He shows is true colors, eventually, though. The super-steroid Venom makes him go a wee bit crazy as Head of State.
3. Giving the Joker a run for his money
In Outsiders (Vol 3) #3, the Joker tortures Lex, but it doesn't really bother him as much as you think it would for any normal person. He even talks some shit during the encounter:
"Does it bother you ... bother you at all, really.. that Batman likes Catwoman better?"
He then throws some more shade at the Joker with this line:
"He'll never love you, sweetheart! You can keep screwing with his city, but he's never gonna take you to the prom!"
4. Kevin Spacey's Lex stabs Superman... not very nice of him
Kevin Spacey is a bad-ass, which is something Netflix subscribers have obviously learned from House of Cards. But before becoming president, he was Lex in Superman Returns. In one of the most shocking scenes from the film, he gives Brandon Routh's Superman the beating of his life.
"Didn't your dad ever teach you to walk before you leap?"
He then plunges a shard of Kryptonite into Superman's chest, while hissing, "Now fly." What a dick.
5. The dude faked his own death
Lex reacts to the news that he gets terminal cancer in Action Comics (Vol 1) #660 by faking his own death via plane crash. He did this so that he could have his brain taken out and transplanted into a younger clone of his body. Complex and devious plot... very much has Lex written all over it.
He passes himself off as his illegitimate 21-year-old son and heir, Lex Luthor the second. He has a full head of hair, and even seduces Supergirl now that he's got a more strapping, youthful appearance. But I think you know where this is going... like with a lot of these stories, it's not long before his new body starts to deteriorate.
Rapid aging is a side-effect of the cloning, so Lex makes a pact with demon Neron. He gives up his soul - the most difficult part to believe of that is that he had one to begin with.
6. This dude Lex eats dogs
At the end of Superman Returns, Spacey's Lex is stranded on a deserted island with his wealthy heiress wife Kitty Kowalski (Parker Posey). There are only a couple of coconuts around, which he starts angrily tossing into the sea.
"I would trade three hundred thousand coconuts and every ounce of your blood for a quart of gasoline!" he screams at Kitty. Once again, proof that this guy is not at all very nice.
When Kitty asks him what they're going to eat, he looks slyly over at Kitty's dog and has an evil glint in his eye. Dog for dinner? Sounds pawfect.
7. Killing a Kryptonian
In Last Son, Luthor finally gets his chance to kill a Kryptonian, and follows through. Here's what Lex had to say while murdering a soldier during General Zod's attack on Metropolis:
"I am the greatest scientist on this planet and would be on yours. I am the one destiny has chosen to save humanity. I am Lex Luthor."
He then adds:
"So this is what it feels like to kill a Kryptonian. Feels good."
[Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) hits theaters March 25, 2016.