Villains Vault - Lex Luthor
- Lex Luthor
- Genius Level Intelligence
- Extremely Skilled in Hand-To-Hand Combat
- Unlimited Funds
Arch Enemy –
Lex Luthor spent most of his early childhood in Smallville with his abusive father Lionel Luthor and sister Lena. This consistent beating Lex suffers from his father traumatizes him and helped to shape him into the person he is today. Lex befriends a young Clark Kent while he is in Smallville. They both grew close and in an attempt to contact Krypton there is a violent explosion that causes Lex to lose all his hair. Lionel suffers a heart attack and Lex and his sister are raised by his aunt. It is explained that Lex was behind the heart attack his father suffered as a way to get back at him for what he did to them for all those years and to cash in on the substantial life insurance policy Lionel had.
Lex uses the money from his father’s life insurance to pay for his tuition to MIT and to help start LexCorp. He is so successful that he controls all media outlets other that the Daily Planet. With Clark Kent’s arrival to the Planet and Superman starting to appear the Daily Planet has incredible increases in circulation. Lex holds superman responsible for losing his grip on the people of Metropolis. Lex’s ego leads him to believe that the only reason Superman commits good deeds is to somehow strike at him and prove who is better, arguing that it is impossible for Superman to be as good as he appears to be.
Further Reading/Viewing –
- President Luthor: Secret Files & Origins
- Superman: The Man of Tomorrow
- Blackest Nights
- Forever Evil
- Superman/Batman: Public Enemies
- Lex Luthor: Man of Steel