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.
- "Let's build a better tomorrow, today."— Slogan
An international conglomerate founded by Alexander Luthor Sr. and later headed by his son, Alexander "Lex" Luthor Jr.
- Early-Bird Cameo: Some LexCorp logos◊ can be spotted on several occasions in Man of Steel, although they were not definitive versions. The company formally appeared in the next film, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, with a new logo.
- Evil, Inc.: Lex uses the company's technology and profits to serve his nefarious schemes while maintaining a benevolent facade, engaging in shady weapons deals for instance.
- Family Business: Lex ended up at the head of the company his father created.
- Mega-Corp: The richest and most powerful corporation to appear in the DCEU so far. Lex turned his father's aging petrochemical and heavy machinery company into a high tech darling of the Fortune 500 — A promotional graphic◊ for the release of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice tells us LexCorp is the country's biggest investor in defense research and development by far.
- See his character page.
Alexander Luthor Sr.
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.
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.
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. Justified, of course, as the KGB hasn't existed since the fall of the Soviet Union.
- 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.
Species: Genetically engineered Kryptonian deformity
Played by: Robin Atkin Downes
Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice | Zack Snyder's Justice League
- "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. He has the same powerset as Kryptonians when they're exposed to a yellow sun, only much stronger.
- 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.
- Dragon-in-Chief: As Luthor is a Non-Action Big Bad, he has to rely on Doomsday to fight Superman after he makes amends with Batman.
- 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. Makes sense, though; he is an adaptation of the original Trope Namer.
- 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.
- Head Blast: He can combines energy coming from both his eyes and mouth into one powerful blast.
- 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.
- Scars Are Forever: He retains the scar next to his left eye that Jor-El gave Zod at the beginning of Man of Steel.
- Shadow Archetype: His existence was enough for Diana to be wary of bringing Superman back from the dead in Justice League. Doomsday in general could be seen as what would Superman be like if he let out all his inner rage on the world, forgoing all kinds of restraint and unleashing his full destructive power. While Clark usually takes great care in how his powers affect the world around him (physically and figuratively), there have been instances of him causing unneeded (and unintended) amounts of destruction due to a lack of control in his emotions (a big example being the silos and gas station he destroyed to pummel Zod after the later threathened his mom) yet despite that, his biggest priority always remains to protect and prevent damage as much as he can. Doomsday deliberately causes destruction by simply existing. Clark is also never shown to harbor any hatred or resentment towards the world, even when having perfectly valid reasons to do so: Doomsday is in a perpetual state of fury towards all living beings.
- 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.
- Tragic Villain: As in the comics, Doomsday feels that his only purpose is to kill, not understanding that it's morally wrong.
- Unskilled, but Strong: To its logical conclusion: a Physical God without any combat prowess or sense of tactics beyond being The Berserker.
- Unstoppable Rage: As in the comics, this guy is pissed.
Scout Ship 0344 Artificial Intelligence
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.