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LexCorp Industries is the company founded by Alexander Luthor Sr. in Metropolis. After his death, his son Alexander "Lex" Luthor Jr. took over as CEO. Behind his company's financial successes and the great help it provided in reconstructing Metropolis after the Kryptonian invasion, Lex has quite a bunch of twisted and sinister motivations to hide.


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LexCorp Industries

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An international conglomerate founded by Alexander Luthor Sr. and later headed by his son, Alexander "Lex" Luthor Jr.


    Lex Luthor 

Alexander "Lex" Luthor, Jr.

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"The Red Capes are coming! The Red Capes are coming!"
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"I was just celebrating God's return, out of the ground and back up into the sky."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): LexCorp

Played by: Jesse Eisenberg

Dubbed by: Héctor Emmanuel Gómez (Latin-American Spanish), Adolfo Moreno (European Spanish), Hiroshi Kamiya (Japanese), Donald Reignoux (European French), Hugolin Chevrette-Landesque (Canadian French), Sergio Cantú (Brazilian Portuguese)

Film appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Justice League

Other appearances: Metropolis Turkish Airlines TV Spot | From the World of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

"Devils don't come from Hell beneath us. No, they come from the sky."

Lex Luthor is a young megalomaniacal multi-billionaire, and the owner and CEO of LexCorp. Subjected to physical and psychological abuse at the hands of his emotionally distant father in his childhood, Luthor is driven mad by the absence of God in the world. And so when a godly figure like Superman arrives on the scene, Luthor has already been firmly molded into a decidedly wrathful misotheist. Thus, a legendary enmity is forged, and Luthor makes it his life's work to either destroy Superman or have him bend to his will.


  • Abusive Parents: Why he hates Superman. Because when he endured the abuse, God was either not powerful enough to stop it, or deliberately chose not to. And now that there's an actual God-like entity to direct his anger toward...
  • Adaptational Intelligence: While Lex is by no means stupid in most media, in the comics, there was an instance where one of his employees figured out that Superman was Clark Kent, but Lex refused to believe it, unable to understand why someone as powerful as Superman would ever want to live a normal life. This incarnation of Lex not only managed to figure out Superman's Secret Identity on his own, but Batman's as well.
  • Adaptational Personality Change: The previous movie versions of Lex (and a lot of his comic book counterparts too) were quite the hammy villains, but none of them ever went to the level of flamboyant campiness and childish glee this version did. He’s apparently shifting in a more traditionally quiet and calm demeanor after escaping from Arkham.
  • Agent Peacock: On the surface, an exceedingly camp and almost brattish pretty boy with adorkable mannerisms. Beneath that surface, however, is an exceedingly dangerous opponent and an almost omniscient sociopath with a Norman Bates-esque obsession with his dead father.
  • Alliterative Name: Lex Luthor.
  • Ambiguous Disorder: In addition to his textbook sociopathy, sadism and narcissism, this iteration of Luther appears to have some sort of ADHD and/or autism spectrum disorder, if his manic behaviour and his somewhat rambling speech at the party are anything to go by.
  • Arch-Enemy: Is destined to be this to Superman.
  • Asshole Victim: Being sent to Arkham Asylum by Batman. Hey, he did commit several atrocities through the film.
  • Ax-Crazy: This version of Luthor is far more unhinged than his comics counterpart. He is willing to blow up a Senate courtroom full of people (A.K.A. mass treason) just to fuck with Superman. And unleash a threat to humanity (Doomsday) just to kill him.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: When we see him again in Justice League, he has switched from his formerly casual clothes to a nice and expensive looking three-piece suit.
  • Bad Boss: He sends Mercy Graves into a courtroom hearing, knowing full well that she'll be killed in the blast that he himself orchestrated.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Subverted. While Doomsday, his creation, is successful in killing Superman, his death has served as a martyrdom from which Batman is inspired to form the Justice League. Not to mention that he's in Arkham Asylum for mass murder and treason. So... Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!. Hope the ego trip was worth it.
  • Bad Samaritan:
    • His company greatly helped to rebuild Metropolis, yet he has no qualms unleashing a very destructive creature (Doomsday) to kill Superman, and ultimately becomes a follower of Darkseid.
    • Think he helped a handicapped man to be friendly? Wrong. He was just using him to frame Superman for a bombing at the capital.
  • Bald of Evil: His hair is completely shaven off upon his arrival in prison, though unlike the comic version it seems to be by choice rather than a condition. Seemingly, he had his hair cut to blend in with other inmates so it would take guards longer to realize he's escaped, as demonstrated in Justice League.
  • Beneath the Mask: Beneath the eccentric genius demeanor lies a violently unstable and utterly ruthless man.
  • Beware the Silly Ones: Publicly, he's a quirky genius with Adorkable mannerisms. Privately, he's a remorseless, mass-murdering psychopath whose complete ruthlessness makes him one of the few mortals able to truly challenge the incredible might of both Superman and Batman. Anyone who meets him tends to dismiss Lex as a Cloud Cuckoo Lander at best and an annoying jackass at worst, ignoring how dangerous and ruthless he can be.
  • Big Bad: The main antagonist in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Downplayed. He really sucks at not being a dick to people, but it is still hard to tell how psychopathic he really is.
  • Break the Badass: He manages to cause tremendous emotional suffering to Superman in the pursuit of his god-killing delusional goals.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: He gives off the vibe of being an eccentric genius. How much of this is real and how much is a facade is hard to say but he's undeniably a very dangerous man despite his odd behavior.
  • The Caligula: A non-monarchical (though still hereditary) instance of someone who has way too much power and influence, given that he has nowhere near the level of moral integrity or mental stability to actually handle it. This Luthor is a Sociopathic Manchild who indulges in his power to an horrifying extent for his own sick amusement, and should anyone defy his will or even just slow him down, he will find a way to end them.
  • Captain Ersatz: Arguably for the Joker in The Dark Knight.
    • He's an exceedingly camp evil genius who's obsessed with the hero and is noticeably more unhinged and flamboyant than most previous interpretations of the character. Jim Moriarty anyone?
    • He's also an Agent Peacock, and a seemingly benevolent philanthropist who is actually a murderous Sadist and who is still obsessed with his dead father, lending him similarities to Mason Verger.
  • The Chessmaster: The way he manipulates Batman and goads him to fight Superman, tracks down all the metahumans despite their impressive secrecy and finally goads Superman into fighting Batman shows how cunning and devious he is.
  • Collector of the Strange: Lex has acquired multiple files on metahumans such as Wonder Woman, Aquaman, and the Flash. He is also in possession of a world-famous collection of meteorite crystals.
  • Composite Character: He has traits of canon Alexander Joseph "Lex" Luthor, Alexander Luthor Junior from Earth-3 and Lex Luthor's clone/son. He's the first movie version to draw on the Corrupt Corporate Executive version ("skinny Kingpin" as Neil Gaiman called him), though his sanity seems to be closer to that of the Mad Scientist Lex. His Daddy Issues with his Corrupt Corporate Executive father also seem to partially come from his Smallville incarnation.
  • Conspicuous Consumption: When meeting Deathstroke on his yacht in The Stinger of Justice League, Lex serves himself some Goût de Diamants ("Taste of Diamonds" in French). It is the most expensive Champagne in the world, it costs about $1.2 million for a single bottle - the alcohol itself doesn't contain diamonds of course, the bottle is encrusted with diamonds. Lex can afford it, of course.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: The CEO of LexCorp and involved in shady arms deals, mass murder, political corruption, and siccing alien abominations on Superman out of spite.
  • The Corrupter: To Batman. Bruce was already fragile but Lex's manipulations were what finally pushed him over the edge.
  • The Corruption: The way the narrative plays it, his blood was apparently the catalyst that mutated Zod into Doomsday.
  • Cloud Cuckoo Lander: By the end of the film, he's become monosyllabic and totally unhinged, and a Darkseid cultist.
  • Contrasting Sequel Antagonist: To General Zod. Zod was a super-powered alien soldier who fought Superman on equal footing while Lex is a human with no powers who never engages Clark physically. Zod was (usually) stoic and clam while Lex is flamboyant and extroverted. Zod was upfront with Clark about his intentions while Lex pretends to be altruistic and relies on deceit and manipulation to achieve his goals. Zod was tall and muscular while Lex is short and slight. Zod genuinely believed that his actions were for the greater good of Krypton and regarded his actions as being unpleasant but necessary while Lex's motives are selfish and he takes sadistic glee in the pain he inflicts on Clark.
  • Daddy Issues: Was physically and psychologically abused by his father to the point where it even serves in part as his primary motivation in wanting to take down Superman.
  • Dead Guy Junior: This Luthor is named after his father, from whom LexCorp actually got its name. According to Lex, his father started telling investors it was named after his son to get their sympathy.
  • Deadpan Snarker: As par with other Eisenberg roles and the character himself; however, this Luthor's snark is more sinister and even nightmarish at times.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype:
    • Lex Luthor has typically been depicted as an obsessive, sociopathic narcissist with a history of child abuse, but he's always managed to appear relatively sane outside of his villainy. The cinematic version shows how a person with Lex's psyche would barely function. His plan to defame and kill Superman is so complicated that being able to strategise and implement while putting on an act of benevolence is just too much for him to juggle at once.
    • Also a deconstruction on the Gene Hackman Lex Luthor — Hackman's Luthor was a bit of a showman, always ready with a quip or clever soundbite. The Christopher Reeve Ideal Hero Superman could barely tolerate his presence, he freely admits that causing the death of innocent people is how he "gets his kicks", and is perfectly ready, willing, and able to sink most of California for the sake of profits. Here, we see what a "diseased maniac" such as he would be like in person.
  • Delusions of Eloquence: Luthor keeps ranting and invoking various cultural references (Nietzsche, Milton, Paul Revere), but he barely articulates it coherently nor does he make it clear how these references work. His speech at the party has him free associating the Greek origins of the word philanthropy before going to a frankly inaccurate summary of the myth of Prometheus, while Diana Prince, an actual Greek Amazon, rolls her eyes at his butchering of antiquity.
  • Devil in Plain Sight: As said in Bitch in Sheep's Clothing, he's a downplayed version. He really sucks at hiding his true devilish and dickish nature. which obviously exposes him as evil. he still managed to blend in as a normal guy in Metropolis's community throughout his schemes until he's exposed for everything though, and even then. Considering that he's Lex Luthor, he'll manage somehow to buy his way out and regain a positive reputation. Even when he's set to be transferred over to Arkham Asylum at Batman's arrangement.
  • Didn't Think This Through: His creation of Doomsday very nearly backfires when Doomsday, upon exiting from his cocoon, tries to kill him.
  • Disabled in the Adaptation: He seems to have a mental disorder in addition to the sociopathy he had in common eith other versions.
  • Driven to Villainy: He suffered from abuse at the hands of his father, and it's strongly implied it played a part in making him into a psychopath.
  • Eccentric Millionaire: As is often the case with this trope, everyone tolerates Lex's odd behavour because he's a wealthy benefactor, without seeing just how crazy he is.
  • Establishing Character Moment: He greets Senator June Finch and her entourage warmly enough at his building, before showing them a chunk of kryptonite and passive-aggressively warning them of the consequences of allowing superbeings like Clark on Earth. He then sits right in front of Senator Barrows to work out a rather one-sided deal where he gives up the kryptonite in exchange for complete access to Zod's ship and permission to conduct any experiments he wants with his corpse. And just when it looks like he'll let Barrows go, he stops to shove a Jolly Rancher in his mouth.
  • Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: According to Lex, power and benevolence can't go hand-in-hand, so a man who is both and can prove him wrong just makes his blood boil.
  • Evil Counterpart: Clearly one to Bruce Wayne, but also a subtle one to Clark Kent:
    • Like Bruce, Lex is a multi-billionaire who inherited his company from his father, and in his first appearance, both men are against Superman.
    • Symbolically, both Lex and Clark are the fully-assimilated American sons of highly-successful biological fathers dissatisfied with their own "other worlds"; Jor-El was from Krypton, Alexander, Sr. was from the "Second World" (an old term for communism) of East Germany.
  • Evil Genius: Lex relies on his intellect to achieve his goals and is shown to be extremely intelligent through his scientific abilities and his manipulation of Bruce.
  • Evil Gloating: He does this to both Superman and Batman, revealing that he knows their identities and openly gloating about how he used this knowledge to stir up trouble for them both and pit them against each other.
  • Evil Is Petty: This Lex is one of the more petty versions of the character; the reason for his hatred of Superman is because he views Superman's mere existence as an affront to his belief that God Is Evil or doesn't exist, and thus, Superman's mere existence is an affront to his worldview. On top of it all, he takes the time to make sure that a jar of urine labelled "Granny's Peach Tea" is the last thing Senator Finch sees before her death.
  • Evil Redhead: Has a mop of strawberry blond hair, and his motives are more than questionable.
  • Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: He has the face of an affable young man, and he's among the most cruel and deranged villains in the DCEU, if not in comic book films in general.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He puts on this act, but it doesn't work since most people find him to be insufferable and even vaguely intimidating. This is evident from the fact that, even after charming a Senator into giving him full access to the Kryptonian scout ship, Luthor can't resist asserting his dominance by shoving a Jolly Rancher into the man's mouth. He kills a large number of Superman-skeptics at a U.S. Senate committee hearing and blasts out a good portion of the U.S. Capitol just to make Superman look bad, showing how sociopathic he really is.
  • Feeling Oppressed by Their Existence: In the extended cut, he admits flat-out that he considers Superman's greatest sin to be existing.
  • Flaw Exploitation: How he manipulates both Batman and Superman, playing with both the former's jaded and violent vigilantism and the lives of the the latter's loved ones to pit them against each other.
  • Foil:
    • Is Superman's complete antithesis. Superman is an impressive specimen of a man, while Luthor is physically unremarkable. Superman had Good Parents, while Luthor had an abusive father. Superman is stoic; Luthor is flamboyant. Superman acts on impulse; Luthor is a chessmaster. Superman is secretive and humble in his heroic duties, while Luthor brags about being a philanthropist. Luthor kills his own allies, while Superman gave up his own life to save and protect others.
    • Could also extend to General Zod who, while villainous, was at least upfront and honorable. Lex is sneaky and manipulative in comparison.
    • His biggest one is arguably Batman. Both are well-known billionaire philanthropists, both have a distrust of Superman that morphs into outright hatred and both suffered awful events in childhood that still seriously affect Them into adulthood. But, while Bruce has tried to use his trauma to make the world a better place, Lex has become wrathful, selfish and cruel. Their ideologies basically amount to Bruce believing that he suffered so he should prevent others from going through the same while Lex believes that he suffered so others should as well.
  • Foreshadowing: It's implied that he knows of the next incoming threat; the painting in his father's study depicts a large, grey-skinned Satanic Archetype descending from the sky.
  • For the Evulz: Some of Lex's actions, such as letting Senator Finch know about the bomb moments before it goes off and that he is behind it, serve no purpose other than this trope.
  • Freudian Excuse: The abuse inflicted upon him by his father, and the knowledge that there would never be a god to save him from such hardship, molds Lex into a firmly wrathful misotheist hateful of the very concept of God. And so when a godly figure like Superman arrives on the scene, this immediately puts him at odds with Lex.
  • Gambit Roulette: He instigates a fight between Superman and Batman with a plot that isn't just confusing, it straight-up relies almost entirely on things that are completely out of his control. In particular, his plan would've failed if:
    • A), Superman had been able to tell Batman that Lex was holding his mother hostage before the two started fighting.
    • B), He hadn't been able to kidnap Martha Kent.
    • C), Superman had lied to Lex about going to fight Batman, and instead searched for his mother himself.
    • D), Batman was unable to get his hands on any kryptonite, and opted not to fight Superman at that time.
    • E), Another superhero (i.e., Wonder Woman) showed up and interrupted the fight.
  • Genius Sweet Tooth: He uses a LexCorp snack bar as an "office" and eats candies while talking shop.
  • Go Mad from the Revelation: He goes from being moderately-unhinged to going completely insane once he starts learning about the secrets found in the Kryptonian database. Namely, Darkseid.
  • Gone Horribly Right: In the extended cut, we learn that he uses the Insanity Defense in order to not stand on trial for his crimes. To his horror, Batman exploits this and has him transferred to the notorious Arkham Asylum.
  • Great Escape: The post-credits scene of Justice League shows he has escaped from Arkham Asylum.
  • He Knows Too Much: Lex challenges Superman to bring him Batman's head, hoping either A: Batman will manage to kill Superman, or B: the more likely outcome that Supes will rip Batman apart, which will be convenient for Lex since Batman's been learning of a Lex Corp criminal conspiracy for the whole movie.
  • Hero Killer: His goal in relation to Superman. He succeeds.
  • Hollywood Atheist: Though not a literally religious example, Lex very vocally operates under the logic of a Hollywood Atheist in thinking Superman isn't the good guy because he wasn't around to prevent Lex's personal tragedies.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: He's one of the biggest, most evil bastards introduced in the film franchise so far; in blowing up a Senate hearing and creating Doomsday, a threat to humanity itself, in his quest to kill Superman, and based on his Villainous Breakdown, Lex could end up causing far more damage than General Zod, the Enchantress and Ares ever did.
  • Hypocrite: Sees Superman as a threat that needs to be stopped, yet he himself committed treason by blowing up a Senate hearing and he created Doomsday, who is far more dangerous than any other character seen so far. And then there's his little action of using Kryptonian technology to signal more aliens to come to Earth, including malevolent ones, when he claimed that he just wanted to keep the world safe from aliens.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Taunts Lois with this at one point, putting his arm around her to "show her the view", and then making a show of smelling her.
  • I Have Your Wife: Captured Lois specifically to draw Superman out of hiding. Also, he takes Martha Kent hostage and tries to use her to force Superman to kill Batman, in his plan to destroy Superman.
  • I Know Your True Name: He takes both Superman and Batman by surprise when he admits that he knows who both of them really are.
    Lex: The problem of you on top of everything else. You above all. Ah — 'cause that's what God is. Horus. Apollo. Jehovah. Kal-El. Clark... Joseph... Kent.
  • Insanity Defense: In the extended cut of Batman v Superman, Luthor invokes this when Batman confronts him in prison, smugly stating that he's too mentally ill to stand on trial for his crimes. Batman admits that people with mental illness would be sent to hospitals and be treated with great care... but reveals that he had Luthor transferred to Arkham Asylum where some of Batman's "friends" are still there. Lex's smile disappears when he hears that.
  • Insufferable Genius: He's an egomaniacal genius who pulls all the strings. Zack Snyder himself describes Luthor as "the Puppet Master who forces our two heroes into conflict". Bruce Wayne noticeably lets out a sigh of derision when Lex butts into his conversation with Clark Kent.
    Superman: You've lost.
    Luthor: I don't know how to lose.
  • Ironic Name: Alexander means defender of men. While he claims to be one, his actions lead to (or cause) more danger to mankind.
    • Lex also means "The law", and this version takes that irony far further than any other. Not only is he a ruthless criminal mastermind who casually breaks the law, part of his plan involves blowing up the US Capitol building during a court hearing.
  • It's All About Me: As is standard for Lex. He's perfectly willing to cause untold death and destruction for his own personal vendetta all the while believing that he is justified in doing so. His reasoning also seems to be based around his belief that others shouldn't have a savior when he didn't.
  • Jerkass: Meeting a man in a wheelchair whilst sitting in a far superior wheelchair is a pretty dick move, even if he did offer it to the man as a gift. Ultimately, however, he kills him, kills Senator Finch, his own bodyguard, and destroys the Capitol...aka mass treason.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: His cynical view of beloved figures like Superman isn't entirely without reason. As powerful and well-meaning as Superman is, there are still plenty of people he fails to rescue. Granted, if Superman was completely flawless then there'd be no need for the Justice League.
  • Kick the Dog: Frequently. Highlights include gleefully showing Clark pictures of his mother held captive, letting Senator Finch know about the bomb moments before it goes off and boasting about how he fooled Bruce by making him feel responsible for the death of his employees.
  • Kill the God: He basically sees Superman as a god, and fully intended to kill him.
  • Knight of Cerebus: In spite of his surface-thin goofy demeanor, he manages to be worse than Zod. Blowing up the Senate hearing firmly establishes him as this.
  • Lack of Empathy: He hates Superman, and is willing to do anything to screw with him. Like blowing up a Senate Hearing full of innocent people.
  • Laughably Evil: It's pretty difficult to take Lex seriously due to his Evil Is Hammy moments.
  • Large Ham: Which he uses to mask his sinister nature.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: He gets what's coming to him big time by the end of the film. After blowing up a Senate hearing, kidnapping Martha Kent, manipulating Superman and Batman into trying to kill each other, and creating Doomsday, Lex is arrested, and his use of an Insanity Defense to avoid jail time backfires when Batman arranges for him to be sent to Arkham Asylum.
  • Legion of Doom: He plans to create a team of villains in the post-credits sequence of Justice League, with Slade Wilson/Deathstroke as first associate.
  • Leitmotif: "The Red Capes Are Coming", traditional classical elegance in the hands of a madman.
  • Light Is Not Good: He is a Villain with Good Publicity and his white clothing befits this.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: He starts out with long hair, but at the end of Dawn of Justice, it gets shaved when he's sent to prison.
  • Mad Scientist: Beyond animated versions, is the only onscreen Luthor to reconcile the original mad scientist iteration of the character with the corrupt CEO version that's become more popular in the last few decades, though he's not shown having scientific acumen on-screen and his inventions involve using Kryptonian tech rather than his own.
  • Man in White: The color white is present in much of Lex's apparel; including his suits, shirts, lab coats and the like.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Skilled enough that he's able to convince the government into allowing him full access to both Zod's body, and the Kryptonian scout ship. And that's not even mentioning the fact that he manipulates the opinion against Superman through intimidation or corruption of witnesses, and is able to dupe the world's greatest detective into fighting the Man of Steel. Swerves into Smug Snake territory when he gloats about how this wasn't even particularly hard for him to do.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: His post-credits cameo in Justice League shows him lounging on a private yacht surrounded by attractive women and wearing a finer suit, bearing a near-identical semblance to his 1980s incarnation.
  • Mask of Sanity:
    • He sports one and it's just barely able to conceal the full level of horror lying beneath the surface. It finally drops when he confronts Superman, showing him as being frothing-at-the-mouth crazy.
    • Inverted in the extended cut. Luthor tells Batman that he's going to plead insanity and get off with a lighter sentence, but Batman counters that he's arranged for him to be sent to Arkham Asylum.
  • Motor Mouth: Standard trait for a character played by Jesse Eisenberg.
  • Narcissist: He fits this trope like a glove. He's convinced of his genius and that he knows Superman's true nature, he's incredibly self-absorbed, seeing no issue with making the world pay for his awful childhood, works hard to maintain a benevolent image, he loves praise and being the center of attention and he has absolutely no empathy. Jesse Eisenberg himself describes Luther as "a narcissist of the highest order".
  • Naytheist: The abuse he suffered at the hands of his father led him to believe that either God was not powerful enough to stop it from happening or simply didn't care. This is a key factor in his hatred of Superman.
    Lex: See, what we call God depends on our tribe, Clark Joe, 'cause God is tribal, God takes sides. No man in the sky intervened when I was a boy to deliver me from Daddy's fist and abominations! I figured it out way back! If God is all-powerful, he cannot be all-good. And if he is all-good, then he cannot be all-powerful...and neither can you be. They need to see the fraud that you are. With their eyes. The blood on your hands.
  • Nerves of Steel: Say what you want about Lex but he's no coward. He shows no fear in dealing with Superman and doesn't flinch when face to face with Batman alone in his cell. The only times when this is subverted are when he finds out he's going to Arkham and when he is dealing with Deathstroke, whom he knows better than to piss off.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: He never fights Batman or Superman, but he's very intelligent and cunning.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Lex really seems to like getting close to people to intimidate Them and doesn't seem to care about Their discomfort as seen in his interactions with Senator Finch and the way he shoves a Jolly Rancher into Senator Barrow's mouth. When he has Lois captive, he even sniffs her hair, which she reacts to with disgust.
  • Not-So-Harmless Villain: Make no mistake, despite his foolish antics and childish behaviour, this version of Lex Luthor is a dangerously crafty opponent and a master manipulator. He expertly plays every party, and has them doing exactly what he wants, even if they know he's not completely trustworthy. He also manages to not only manipulate both Superman and Batman into fighting, but neither of them even know it until it's almost too late. Luthor even knows both of the heroes' identities. And when Superman does confront him, Luthor has already engineered the situation so that, no matter what, Superman has to do what he says. And that doesn't even get into the fact that, at the end of the day, this is the only iteration of Luthor that actually manages to score a definite victory over Superman.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He uses the already existing fears of Superman as a threat to the world (and his ego), but this immediately leads him down the slippery slope of killing massive numbers of innocent people, setting a monster with mass destruction powers loose, committing treason to his government, and helping an alien entity that has the capacity to eventually conquer the earth.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Played With. The bubbly, quirky goofball persona that he presents to the public, is merely a mask for an infinitely more sinister and devilish nature. But it could also be his mental instability making itself more clear. It's very ambiguous as to which parts are his cover, and which parts are simply his mental instability.
  • Oh, Crap!: He went from smug to horrified upon hearing Batman arranged for him to be sent to Arkham Asylum in the Ultimate Edition of BvS.
  • Parental Issues: His wrathful hatred of Superman partly stems from the psychological abuse inflicted upon him by his father and how there was no "god" to save him. Because of this, he believes a godly figure like Superman should answer to him, and that it's his humanitarian duty to expose Superman as being a fraud.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: What you get when a tyrannical, petty little Cloud Cuckoo Lander is put in a position of power.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: The main reason behind his hatred of Superman. Since God did nothing to intervene against his father's abuse, Lex developed a hatred of him, believing that God was either not powerful enough to stop it or simply didn't care.
  • Rule of Symbolism: His hair is like the plainclothes equivalent of a supervillain's mask. Once his crimes are made public it's shaved off.
  • Sadist: It's clear that Lex takes immense pleasure in the pain he causes Superman and anyone else who gets in his way as seen when he shows Clark the pictures of his kidnapped mother and he also seems to take pride in the way he pushed Bruce over the edge.
  • Sanity Slippage: Zigzagged. This version of Luthor is noticeably more unhinged than many of his comic counterparts and he lapses into Axe-Crazy behavior at times, but he nonetheless maintains a fairly calculating mindset.
  • Second Episode Introduction: Introduced to the DCEU in its second film entry.
  • Secret Secret-Keeper: He's known about Superman and Batman's real identities for some time, which allows him to stir up trouble for both without either suspecting it. When he reveals this knowledge to one and then the other, he's openly gloating about it.
  • Smug Smiler: Lex is full of self-satisfied smirks and grins.
  • The Sociopath: A manipulative, Insufferable Genius who will do anything to screw with Superman and Batman. Like blowing up a Senate Hearing full of innocent people with Bruce's former employee as the patsy.
  • Sore Loser: By his own admission, Lex doesn't really know how to lose.
  • Sweet Tooth: He eats candies at one point, and pokes one into Senator Barrows' mouth ("It's cherry!").
  • Thin Chin of Sin: As he's played by Jesse Eisenberg, this is a given.
  • Time for Plan B: Following the theft of his Kryptonite sample by Batman, Luthor decides to use the Kryptonian scout ship's A.I., the ship's genesis chamber and Zod's body to create Doomsday to make up for it and provide himself with another way to kill Superman.
  • Troll: He could give the Joker a run for his money. After being denied an import licence by Senator Finch, Luthor leaves her a jar of liquid that could be either peach tea or urine, and then he blows her up.
  • The Unfettered: Goes to very scary lengths to to try and kill Superman.
  • Unknown Rival: He absolutely detests Superman and will go to any length to destroy him but Clark is unaware of his involvement until the final act of BvS, thinking of Bruce as the bigger threat, and seems to regard Lex as nothing more than an annoying businessman.
  • Verbal Tic: He regularly peppers his lines with "Hmmmm".
  • Villainous Breakdown: He's alerted to the imminent arrival of Darkseid, after being exposed to the Kryptonian scout ship's records and seeing a vision of Steppenwolf. After being arrested, Batman physically threatens Luthor and leaves him hysterically screaming about how "The bells can't be unrung!", and making ringing noises.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Is a benefactor to the construction, agriculture, and fuel industries. He's also third in philanthropic contributions behind Kord Industries and Wayne Enterprises. It is due to the destruction and chaos brought about by the fight between Superman and Zod in Man of Steel that he is able to put his foot in the door and further cultivate a "Nice Guy" image by rebuilding Metropolis from the ground up, as shown in a commercial for Turkish Airlines. By the end of the film, he's outed as the lunatic he really is and locked up.
  • Wealthy Yacht Owner: He has a meeting with Deathstroke on his private yacht to discuss the creation of a Legion of Doom in the post-credits scene of Justice League.
  • Western Terrorist: Blowing up the senate marks him as one of these.
  • Wrath: One of Lex's defining personality traits. His childhood filled him with intense seething anger at the world and he is obsessed with directing it at Superman, no matter what he has to do or whom he has to hurt or kill along the way to do so. There are also scenes, such as with Senator Finch or during his speech at his house, where Lex seems like he could go absolutely berserk at any moment.
  • You Are What You Hate: He utterly loathes Superman for, in his view, seeming altruistic to cover his evil nature, even though that's exactly what he's been doing as well. Similarly, for all the hatred he has of his father, he's become far more like him than he'd probably like to admit, giving the impression of being a noble philanthropist while secretly being a cruel and ruthless man.
  • Younger and Hipper: Luthor is normally depicted as somewhat older, but is now in his early 30s like Superman. Jesse Eisenberg is a few months younger than Henry Cavill, making him the first actor playing Lex to be younger than the actor playing Superman. He's a very 2010s version of Luthor in general, dressing and acting far more casually, driving himself rather than getting chauffeured everywhere, and munching on sweets while setting his "kill Superman" plot in motion.
  • Xanatos Gambit: His plan is one of these. Either Superman kills Batman in which case the world turns against him and sees him as a violent authoritarian (no longer "all good") or Batman kills Superman and Lex sees his enemy dead (no longer "all power"). His plan very nearly succeeds, and even when the fight ends with no fatality, he has Doomsday waiting in the wing to finish the job.

    Alexander Luthor Sr. 

Alexander Luthor Sr.

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): LexCorp

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (mentioned)

"You know, dad was born in East Germany. He grew up eating stale crackers. And every other Saturday, he had to march in a parade and wave flowers at tyrants."
Lex Luthor

The deceased father of Lex Luthor and founder of LexCorp. He emigrated from East Germany before Lex's birth in 1984.


  • Abusive Parents: He used to abuse his son violently.
    Lex: No man in the sky intervened when I was a boy to deliver me from daddy's fist and abominations!
  • Adaptation Name Change: He's been named both Jules and Lionel the few times he was depicted in the comics. Originally the only Alexander Luthor Sr. was the heroic counterpart from Earth-3 (until the New 52).
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Put on the guise of a savvy businessman and devoted father who rose up from nothing, but in secret was emotionally unstable and took it out on his son.
  • Ironic Name: Same deal as his son. Specifically, his bad parenting directly caused Lex to be a monster who nearly destroyed mankind.
  • Posthumous Character: He died 15 years before the present-day events of Batman v. Superman, and he is mentioned several times in the film.
  • Rags to Riches: Through sheer grit and ferocity, he managed to carve an empire out of the company after emigrating from East Germany.
  • Shrine to the Fallen: Sort of. For some reason, Lex kept his father's living room exactly as it was before his death.
    Lex: This was his room, I kept it just the same. Maybe one day daddy'll come back if I just keep everything the same. Mmmh, that is silly.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Due to his abuses on Lex, he's at least partly responsible for his son's descent into madness and villainy.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: While he was a cruel father, he managed to endear himself to the public by claiming that LexCorp was named after his son. Given that Lex Jr kept this facade up even after his death it's possible that his father's image had become the lynch-pin of the company.

    Mercy Graves 

Mercy Graves

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): LexCorp

Played by: Tao Okamoto

Dubbed by: Alondra Hidalgo (Latin-American Spanish), Nerea Alfonso (European Spanish), Ami Yamoto (Japanese)

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Lex Luthor's right-hand woman.


  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Usually portrayed with brown or blonde hair.
  • Adaptational Wimp: The comic version of Mercy is a super strong Amazon, this version appears to be a mere human, like her original animated incarnation, though she lacks the fighting skills of even that version. In fact, this version of Mercy takes after her counterpart in Superman: Doomsday in being a personal assistant for Luthor, not his bodyguard.
  • Adaptation Personality Change: She has very few things in common with her comic book counterpart and most versions (particularly the DCAU version) outside of her name and association with Luthor. She's portrayed as his secretary/assistant instead of his bodyguard/chauffeur.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Black hair and a stoic personality means she fits this trope like a glove.
  • Ironic Name: Lex leads Mercy to her early grave without second thoughts.
  • Meganekko: Wears very thick glasses.
  • Not So Stoic: She looks uncomfortable during the senate hearing, clearly realizing something is wrong when Lex isn't with her. She is proven correct when she and everyone else die when the bomb goes off.
  • Number Two: She is Luthor's closest assistant.
  • Race Lift: Averted. She's Caucasian in the original comics continuity, but Asian in the New 52 comics.
  • Satellite Character: The film never gives her much depth outside of being Luthor's Number Two to the point that during the senate hearing she seems a little uncomfortable about the fact that Luthor isn't with her. This is the first sign that something's about to go very wrong.
  • The Stoic: She has a calm and serious demeanor.
  • Stoic Spectacles: A stoic Meganekko.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Despite being featured prominently in several scenes, she doesn't get much characterization before dying in the explosion at the Capitol.

    Anatoli Knyazev 

Anatoli Knyazev

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"Good luck for one is always his brother's misfortune."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Vory v zakone, LexCorp

Played by: Callan Mulvey

Dubbed by: Óscar Flores (Latin-American Spanish), Andryi Antonovsky (European Spanish), Jean-François Beaupré (Canadian French), Kosuke Sakaki (Japanese)

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

A ruthless Russian mercenary working for Lex Luthor.


  • Adaptational Attractiveness: The comics KGBeast is very bulky.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He's known as the KGBeast in the comics, yet he is never addressed as such in Batman v. Superman.
  • Dirty Coward: He never directly confronts Batman or Superman, targeting unarmed civilians and at one point threatening to set his hostage on fire if Batman tries to attack him.
  • Distinguishing Mark: He's immediately recognizable by his slick black hair, Rugged Scar and tattoos.
  • The Dragon: To Lex Luthor, although his ties aren't fully apparent until the end of the movie (unless you watch the Ultimate Edition Cut).
  • Flamethrower Backfire: Uses a flamethrower in the finale of Batman v Superman to try and kill Martha Kent. When Batman reaches him and points a machine gun at him, he threatens to burn Martha to a crisp. Batman says "I believe you!" and shoots Knyazev's flamethrower's gas valve. The gas catches fire, Batman immediately plunges to protect Martha and himself with his fireproof cape and Knyazev dies in the explosion.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Dies by Flamethrower Backfire.
  • Human Shield: Uses Martha Kent as one when Batman reaches him after defeating all of his mooks.
  • Kill It with Fire: He uses a flamethrower to burn the pile of corpses of Amajagh's men and later plans to use it to execute his hostage, Martha Kent, should things not go as Luthor planned.
  • The Mafiya: According to his tattoos, he is (or was) a Vory v Zakone, a high-ranking Russian mafia member.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: During an attempt to frame Superman, Knyazev lets a stray bullet embed itself in Lois' notebook, but doesn't think to take it with him. Lois then uses said bullet to trace the incident back to Lex Luthor and alert Swanwick to his deeds.
  • Private Military Contractors: He and his men are hired and equipped by Lex Luthor to be his private army and execute dirty tasks (such as massacring an entire African village and blaming Superman for it).
  • Tattooed Crook: Probably best seen here. He sports the usual tattoos that Russian Vory v Zakone criminals tend to get (usually in jail) on his hands - related to either Orthodox Christianity (the one on his left hand might be the Virgin Mary) or skull imagery (like the one on his left). He also has the Russian coat of arms tattooed on his throat, and Knuckle Tattoos.
  • Waxing Lyrical: Quotes "Ev'ry Time We Say Goodbye" by Ella Fitzgerald right before he tries to kill Martha.
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    Doomsday 

Doomsday

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Species: Genetically engineered Kryptonian deformity

Played by: Robin Atkin Downes

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

"Ancient Kryptonian Deformity. The blood of my blood. Born to destroy you. Your doomsday!"
Lex Luthor

A monster Lex Luthor created in the genesis chamber of the Kryptonian scout ship 0344 using General Zod's corpse and his own DNA, as a last card up his sleeve to kill Superman.


  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Basically Doomsday's strategy, justified due to the fact that he/it is a mindless beast/brute consumed by rage who's a newborn.
  • The Brute: He is quite a powerhouse and Luthor's last trump card against Superman.
  • Call-Back: The spike from his wrist that he gains when Wonder Woman cuts his hand off bears a great resemblance to the knife blade General Zod kept in his gauntlet. Both are used to kill a member of the House of El.
  • Came Back Strong: He is born from Zod's remains.
  • Came Back Wrong: Doomsday has none of Zod's strategic mind or Lex Luthor's intelligence nor the same speed as Zod, but he takes Zod's Ax-Crazy Blood Knight tendencies Up to Eleven. Interestingly he seems to possess Zod's heat vision, his weakness to Kryptonite, and even some of his memories.
  • Comic-Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: He is never called "Doomsday". However, the name gets referenced when Luthor tells Superman that he'll meet his "doomsday" when the monster's creation is complete.
  • Composite Character:
    • There's a bit of the New 52 iteration of Bizarro in his backstory, being created by Luthor. He's also a resurrected Zod.
    • His origin - being a hybrid of Kryptonian and human DNA created by Luthor - also brings to mind Nuclear Man.
      • Also, several versions of Superboy have similar origins.
    • His initial appearance and ability to feed off pure energy are similar to Parasite.
  • Covered with Scars: Unlike his comic book incarnation who has a healing factor, this version of Doomsday looks quite ravaged.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The final battle against the Trinity is painfully lopsided in Doomsday's favor. It pretty much consists of him sending Superman flying around like a ragdoll repeatedly before turning his attention back to Wonder Woman, and going after Batman (who can only run and hide, mind you) when she isn't around. Wonder Woman is the only one that is capable of fighting him somewhat equally, but it's clear it takes all she has just to keep up with him. It's only when they start using Batman's Kryptonite weapons that they finally manage to turn the tables on Doomsday.
  • The Dreaded: Krypton's Council considered creatures like him too monstrous and dangerous to even be allowed to exist.
  • Dumb Muscle: Downplayed. Although he lacks Zod's strategic mind and reacts to everything with animalistic rage, Doomsday briefly shows semblances of human intelligence, such as staring at Superman's monument and adapting to the Trinity's attacks during the final battle.
  • Energy Absorption: Doomsday is shown to absorb energy, best seen when the government tries to nuke him and it just makes him stronger.
  • Evil Is Bigger: He's almost as big as the Superman statue in Metropolis. Even if in the comics Doomsday was huge (official height of 8 feet), it was not this massive.
  • Evil Is Not a Toy: Doomsday is Lex Luthor's trump card against Superman, but despite Lex boasting that Doomsday is "Blood of my blood, loyal only to me!" as soon as he is released, the first person Doomsday attacks is Lex himself. Had Superman not got in the way of its punch, Lex would have been paste on the wall.
  • Evil Eyebrows: His eyebrows are made of bone.
  • Eye Beams: He has heat vision and shoots lasers out of his eyes, just like Superman and Zod, with the added bonus of Breath Weapon. They are much more powerful than Superman's, and at their maximum range, they can reach all the way to outer space.
  • Fate Worse than Death: To Zod, a Kryptonian supremacist now mixed with Luthor's human DNA and turned into a deformity.
  • Final Boss: He's the final enemy in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: He doesn't wear clothes.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: He's engineered solely to kill Superman, and spreads chaos and destruction along the way.
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Just like Superman, his eyes glow whenever he's about to unleash his Eye Beams.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: If he sees anything move, he'll attack it until it doesn't anymore.
  • Hero Killer: In his last move, he ensures that Superman dies with him.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Superman kills him using Batman's Kryptonite spear, although this ends up with Superman getting impaled as well.
  • In a Single Bound: He doesn't know how to fly yet, but when you can jump from an island in the middle of the bay all the way to Gotham, you don't need to learn.
  • "Instant Death" Radius: Once he's absorbed enough energy, he can release a massive energy dome that levels city blocks, turns entire zones into hellish wastelands, and is large enough to be seen from outer space.
  • It Can Think: It's hinted that he has some of Zod's memories as he seems taken aback by the monument erected in Superman's honour before growing even more enraged.
  • The Juggernaut: It is made quite clear that he is the strongest being in the film and clearly the most powerful (such as winning a heat vision duel against Superman). The Trinity is painfully incapable of stopping him without the Kryptonite weaponry Batman constructed.
  • Legacy Character: The ship's computer hints that this Doomsday wasn't the first of his kind.
  • Lightning Bruiser: Like his comic counterpart, he's a nightmarishly strong and durable behemoth and can move with frightening speed. His strikes send Superman and Wonder Woman flying like rag dolls, punching and kicking them through buildings and debris.
  • Kryptonite Factor: A literal case, as the only thing that actually inflicts lasting damage to him is Kryptonite weaponry like the Kryptonite smoke grenades Batman created and winds up getting killed with Batman's lance with Superman.
  • Monstrous Humanoid: Created from a Kryptonian corpse and implanted human DNA, Doomsday is a creature who only exists to destroy everything on his path.
  • Names to Run Away from Really Fast: "Doomsday". The Kryptonian ship's A.I. also calls such monstrosities "desecration without name".
  • Nigh Invulnerable: He survives being hit with a nuclear warhead and continues to take significant amounts of punishment after that. In fact attacking him with energy simply makes him stronger as he absorbs it (after seeing what the nuke did to him the military realizes they can't attack him at all without making him a even bigger threat). He basically takes Superman's normal ability to gain strength from sunlight and takes it Up to Eleven. And bear in mind that the climax of the film takes place at night.
    • Blunt physical force is equally ineffective, as all of Superman's punches and tackles don't do a damn thing besides moving Doomsday around. He falls all the way from outer space with a nuclear explosion propelling him downwards while he's on fire, and creates a massive crater when he finally impacts the ground. The ground is more hurt than he is.
    • Even dismemberment wasn't able to stop him, as he was simply able to regenerate a spike in its place.
  • Red Baron: More towards his predecessors than himself: The Desecration Without Name.
  • Roar Before Beating: The first and last warning you'll get before meeting a grisly death at his hands.
  • Shadow Archetype: His existence was enough for Diana to be wary of bringing Superman back from the dead in Justice League.
  • Sphere of Destruction: He can generate devastating dome-shaped energy blasts.
  • Spikes of Villainy: In his initial appearance, they're present, but they aren't nearly as prominent as most artists have depicted them since he's newborn. However, he grows more over the course of the battle, even growing spikes from his wrist stump when Wonder Woman cuts his hand off.
  • Superpower Lottery: He's got pretty much all the powers of a Kryptonian who's exposed to a yellow sun, except they're taken Up to Eleven. He most probably didn't have the time to master flight, however.
  • Super Reflexes: He easily dodges Superman and Wonder Woman's attacks despite being so bulky. The only time they can actually land a hit on Doomsday is when he's distracted by someone else.
  • Super Strength: It takes all of Superman's own considerable strength to block just one of Doomsday's punches. He hits so damn hard that each blow staggers Superman into a daze, and he spends most of the fight casually punching, kicking, and hurling Superman and Wonder Woman across the island.
  • Taking You with Me: As mentioned above in Hero Killer, he makes sure that Superman dies as he is killed. Subverted, of course, when it turns out that Superman survived the fight, albeit left in a comatose state.
  • These Are Things Man Was Not Meant to Know: Lex Luthor finds out about the knowledge needed to create him. The Council of Krypton specifically banned the creation of abominations like him, but since there is no more Krypton...
  • Throat Light: His mouth glows along with his eyes before he starts shooting his heat ray.
  • Unstoppable Rage: As in the comics, this guy is pissed.

    Scout Ship A.I. 

Scout Ship 0344 Artificial Intelligence

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"Welcome. Analysis reveals ship operating at... 37 per cent efficiency. Would you like to assume command?"

Species: Artificial intelligence

Played by: Carla Gugino (voice)

Dubbed by: Marion Valantine (European French)

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

"Action forbidden - it has been decreed by the council of Krypton that none will ever again give life to a deformity so hateful to sight and memory - the desecration without name."

The artificial intelligence of the Kryptonian scout ship 0344 of which Kara Zor-El was once the captain. Lex Luthor reactivated it a few months after the battle of Metropolis to get a taste of the Kryptonian archive's invaluable knowledge, and used it in the ship's genesis chamber to create Doomsday with Zod's remains and his own DNA.


  • Artificial Intelligence: A Kryptonian artificial intelligence that controls everything in the scout ship.
  • Computer Voice: It has a female voice (Carla Gugino's, more precisely). Said voice is glitchy at first upon being reactivated after being dormant for hundreds of years, then stabilizes.
  • Great Big Library of Everything: The A.I. can give access to the Kryptonian archive to whoever commands the ship. Said archive contains knowledge from a hundred thousand different worlds.
  • Imported Alien Phlebotinum: A Kryptonian technology that Lex Luthor uses for his grand scheme.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: An A.I. that follows orders, no matter who issued them. It does however mention to Lex Luthor that engineering Kryptonian deformities in genesis chambers was forbidden by the Kryptonian council. Lex then asks where the council is now, to which it answers "destroyed". It then follows his orders and proceeds to create Doomsday.

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