History ComicBook / LexLuthorManOfSteel

13th May '17 11:58:04 AM Stranrep
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* KickTheDog: If read attentively, it's seen that Lex does this constantly, undoing his good deeds. A good example of this is when [[spoiler: Lex, through Orr and subtly himself, threatens the family of one of his leading partners, who disagrees with Lex's suggestions. While Orr, the man hired by Luthor, intimidates this partner under the roof, ready to kill...]]

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* KickTheDog: If read attentively, it's seen that Lex does this constantly, undoing his good deeds. A good example of this is when [[spoiler: Lex, through Orr and subtly himself, threatens the family of one of his leading partners, who disagrees with Lex's suggestions. While Orr, the man hired by Luthor, intimidates this partner under the roof, ready to kill...kill him.]]
19th Mar '17 5:06:59 AM SorPepita
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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Depending on [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation how you choose to interpret who's behind the events of the story]]. [[spoiler: If you believe that Toyman was behind the destruction of the jewelers / daycare center all on his own, then it's Luthor. If you believe that Luthor knew all along what was going down and in fact orchestrated it, then it's Toyman and Orr.]] The text would leans more towards the latter interpretation of events than the former.

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* EvenEvilHasStandards: Depending on [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation how you choose to interpret who's behind the events of the story]]. [[spoiler: If you believe that Toyman was behind the destruction of the jewelers / daycare center all on his own, then it's Luthor. If you believe that Luthor knew all along what was going down and in fact orchestrated it, then it's Toyman and Orr.]] The text would leans lean more towards the latter interpretation of events than the former.
21st Jan '17 9:44:56 PM DoctorNemesis
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* DoubleMeaning: In the last issue, Luthor's internal monologue talks about hope in the face of the unstoppable, and says that "hope is what makes us human". The final line of the comic is "I am a man. I hope." which could be taken both as Luthor saying that he continues to have hope because that's what it is to be human, or that his actions have driven him to question his own humanity.

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In the last issue, Luthor's internal monologue talks about hope in the face of the unstoppable, and says that "hope is what makes us human". The final line of the comic is "I am a man. I hope." which could be taken both as Luthor saying that he continues to have hope because that's what it is to be human, or that his actions have driven him to question his own humanity.humanity.
** Also, Superman's single line of dialogue can be read as this. [[spoiler: He could be referring to his super-vision, which in some versions of the continuity has been extended to the point where he ''can'' see people's 'souls', or at least their auras, enough to give him an idea of what that person is really like. Or he could be referring to the fact that he simply knows Luthor too well and has dealt with the consequences of Luthor's megalomaniacal scheming and viciousness too many times to be fooled by his high-and-mighty humanism act.]]
3rd Jul '16 9:28:23 PM dr_toonie
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* ShutUpHannibal: Superman's only line throughout the miniseries. It reinforces the point that even though we've seen a more human, benevolent side to Lex than normal and he's very eloquent and impassioned in delivering his rant, he's still the ''bad guy''. It also hammers home the fact, that despite however benevolent Lex has presented himself, he is ultimately nothing more than a self-deluding insane hypocritical villain. Which is confirmed by Lex's VillainousBreakdown, showing that at some level, ''he knows this.''

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* ShutUpHannibal: Superman's only line throughout the miniseries. It reinforces the point that even though we've seen a more human, benevolent side to Lex than normal and he's very eloquent and impassioned in delivering his rant, he's still the ''bad guy''. It also hammers home the fact, that despite however benevolent Lex has presented himself, he is ultimately nothing more than a self-deluding insane hypocritical villain. Which is confirmed by Lex's VillainousBreakdown, showing resulting VillainousBreakdown suggests that at some level, ''he knows this.''
1st Jul '16 2:43:24 PM Ilya_Rysenkov
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* ShutUpHannibal: Superman's only line throughout the miniseries. It reinforces the point that even though we've seen a more human, benevolent side to Lex than normal and he's very eloquent and impassioned in delivering his rant, he's still the ''bad guy''.

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* ShutUpHannibal: Superman's only line throughout the miniseries. It reinforces the point that even though we've seen a more human, benevolent side to Lex than normal and he's very eloquent and impassioned in delivering his rant, he's still the ''bad guy''. It also hammers home the fact, that despite however benevolent Lex has presented himself, he is ultimately nothing more than a self-deluding insane hypocritical villain. Which is confirmed by Lex's VillainousBreakdown, showing that at some level, ''he knows this.''
18th Jun '16 1:04:57 AM DoctorNemesis
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* SympathyForTheDevil: An ambiguous example. In their final encounter, Superman as ever looks like he's barely restraining himself from attacking Luthor and reducing him to a smear on the wall for the most part, until Lex delivers his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about how [[spoiler:everyone in Metropolis wanted to see Toyman killed]]. For one panel, Superman looks at Luthor with a sad expression which suggests that either Luthor's words have touched a nerve, or that Superman for a moment actually pities Luthor for his nihilistic view of the world.

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* SympathyForTheDevil: An ambiguous example. In their final encounter, for the most part Superman as ever looks like he's barely restraining himself from attacking Luthor and reducing him to a smear on the wall for the most part, -- until Lex delivers his TheReasonYouSuckSpeech about how [[spoiler:everyone in Metropolis wanted to see Toyman killed]]. For one panel, Superman looks at Luthor with a sad expression which suggests that either Luthor's words have touched a nerve, or that Superman for a moment actually pities Luthor for his nihilistic view of the world.
24th Apr '16 12:57:56 PM AnotherGuy
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** Both initially appear to be deconstructing the superhero, only to turn it around and end up revealing exactly how monstrous the villain is and why we shouldn't trust them at all. As an example, both works climax in a confrontation between villain and hero in which the villain launches into a lengthy and deconstructive "TheReasonYouSuck" Speech about how inadequate the hero is, only for the hero to respond with a brief ShutUpHannibal statement (two sentences for Superman, three words for Batman) that not only refutes everything the villain has tried to claim about the hero, but turns it back on the villain in such a way that drives them to a VillainousBreakdown.

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** Both initially appear to be deconstructing the superhero, only to turn it around and end up revealing exactly how monstrous the villain is and why we shouldn't trust them at all. As an example, both works climax in a confrontation between villain and hero in which the villain launches into a lengthy and deconstructive "TheReasonYouSuck" Speech about how inadequate the hero is, only for the hero to respond with a brief ShutUpHannibal statement (two sentences (seven words for Superman, three words for Batman) that not only refutes everything the villain has tried to claim about the hero, but turns it back on the villain in such a way that drives them to a VillainousBreakdown.
24th Apr '16 12:55:08 PM AnotherGuy
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An AlternateCharacterInterpretation of Comicbook/{{Superman}}'s arch-nemesis, ''Lex Luthor: Man of Steel'' was first published in 2005 by Creator/DCComics. It's a bit of a departure from other stories about Luthor, which up until then (and indeed for [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths twenty years previous]]) had shown him as little more than an unrepentant jerk who just wanted to kill Superman. It [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructs]] Superman's ArchEnemy in subtle ways, or at least speaks to humanist traits the character had taken on since about 2000. First is this: when other comics on the stands in 2005 were about Luthor heading up a [[ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis large]] LegionOfDoom and manipulating [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Superboy]] ForTheEvulz, an empathic view into the mind of Lex was seen as an odd thing, though not totally unwelcomed. As it turns out, the story was ''very'' well-received.

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An AlternateCharacterInterpretation of Comicbook/{{Superman}}'s arch-nemesis, ''Lex Luthor: Man of Steel'' was first published in 2005 by Creator/DCComics. It's a bit of a departure from other stories about Luthor, which up until then (and indeed for [[ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths twenty years previous]]) had shown him as little more than an unrepentant jerk who just wanted to kill Superman. It [[{{Deconstruction}} deconstructs]] Superman's ArchEnemy in subtle ways, or at least speaks to humanist traits the character had taken on since about 2000. First is this: when other comics on the stands in 2005 were about Luthor heading up a [[ComicBook/InfiniteCrisis large]] LegionOfDoom and manipulating [[ComicBook/TeenTitans Superboy]] ForTheEvulz, an empathic view into the mind of Lex was seen as an odd thing, though not totally unwelcomed.unwelcomed; it could be argued the story showed just how evil Luthor could be. As it turns out, the story was ''very'' well-received.
3rd Apr '16 9:44:31 AM TheOutsider
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: During Batman and Superman's fight (see LetsYouAndHimFight below), there's a page that looks very similar [[spoiler: to when Hope later carries the Toyman away and Lex remotely commands her hand to drop him. [[FridgeBrilliance It probably also explains a lot of what's going on in the earlier scene]]]].


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** Or he might be an artificial duplicate of Superman [[spoiler: like Hope]], given the {{Foreshadowing}} above.
30th Dec '15 12:25:39 AM Anddrix
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And yet, there is one man who can see what a threat the alien truly represents, one ''man'' who is willing to stand against the being who has been [[PhysicalGod compared with God]]: SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor. The battle will be ugly, but the truth shall prevail.

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And yet, there is one man who can see what a threat the alien truly represents, one ''man'' who is willing to stand against the being who has been [[PhysicalGod compared with God]]: SelfDemonstrating/LexLuthor.ComicBook/LexLuthor. The battle will be ugly, but the truth shall prevail.
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