"This is Lex Luthor. Only one thing alive with less than four legs can hear this frequency, Superman, and that's you."
―Lex Luthor[src]
Alexander Luthor
Alias(es) Lex Luthor
Appeared in' Superman: The Movie
Superman II (Donner Cut)
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace
Actor Gene Hackman

Alexander "Lex" Luthor is Superman's arch enemy. He was portrayed by Gene Hackman in Superman: The Movie, Superman II and Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. He is mostly portrayed as the main antagonist of the movie.


Superman: The MovieEdit

"It's kryptonite, Superman. Little souvenir from the old home town. I spared no expense to make you feel right at home."
―Lex Luthor[src]

Luthor purchases vast expanses of western desert, with the intention of raising its value by wiping the state of California off the map. Naturally, Superman (played by Christopher Reeve) foils Luthor's plan and saves the day. Superman takes Luthor to prison, but it isn't long before the follically-challenged Luthor is free and plotting out his next scheme.

Superman IIEdit

"LEX LUTHOR! Possibly you've heard the name? The Greatest Criminal Mind on Earth!"
―Lex Luthor[src]

Luthor aligns himself with three evil Kryptonians, who, like himself, wish to take over the planet Earth (which they mistakenly refer to as the planet Houston). Luthor even succeeds in sweet-talking the Kryptonian commander, General Zod, into making him the ruler of Australia. Luthor's dreams of an empirical Outback are quickly shattered however, as Superman manages to rid Earth of the three Kryptonians and arrest Luthor once again.

Superman IV: The Quest for PeaceEdit

"Nobody wants war. I just want to keep the threat alive."
―Lex Luthor[src]

Luthor is out of prison and seeking to destroy Superman by pitting him against his own solar-powered creation, Nuclear Man.




See AlsoEdit

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