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Quote1 You were great in your day, Superman. But it just stands to reason. When it came time to cash in your chips, this old... diseased maniac would be your banker. Mind over muscle? Quote2
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Lex Luthor is a curt and snarky criminal genius, whose world-threatening plans to get rich make him the greatest enemy of Superman.


  • This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the Donnerverse film series and is an adaptation of Luthor. The original character was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and first appeared in Action Comics #23.
  • Lex Luthor was portrayed by Gene Hackman. A body double was used for scenes filmed by Richard Lester when he was called to take over directorial roles in the filming of Superman II.



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