Lex Luthor and more bald baddies: Who did it best?

March 26, 2015 | 1:16 p.m.
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Jesse Eisenberg has gone hairless to play a villain, but he's far from the first. Click through the gallery to see other memorable bald baddies in film. (Ed McGuinness and Dexter Vines; Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times)

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Karen Gillan as the sadistic Nebula in "Guardians of the Galaxy." ( Jay Maidment / Marvel)

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Tom Hardy shaves and buffs up to play Bane in "The Dark Knight Rises." (Ron Phillips / Warner Bros.)

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Marlon Brando goes rogue as Col. Walter E. Kurtz in "Apocalypse Now." (American Zoetrophe and Miramax Films)

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Mike Myers as Dr. Evil in "Austin Powers in Goldmember." (Melinda Sue Gordon / New Line Cinema)

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Arnold Schwarzenegger has plenty of puns to fire as Mr. Freeze in the 1997 "Batman & Robin." (Christine Loss / TMS; DC Comics)

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Kevin Spacey plays the ruthless Lex Luthor in "Superman Returns." (Warner Bros.)

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Alice Krige plays the sinewy Borg Queen in "Star Trek: First Contact." (Elliott Marks / Paramount Pictures)

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Max Schreck gets blood-hungry as Count Orlok in "Nosferatu." (Los Angeles Times archive)

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Colin Farrell wreaks havoc as Bullseye in "Daredevil." (Zade Rosenthal / 20th Century Fox)

Actor Jesse Eisenberg looks sinister as Lex Luthor in the first image from the upcoming “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.” He’s less built than the Luthor in the comics, but just as bald.

The image — a black-and-white portrait of the actor in character — surfaced on Entertainment Weekly on Wednesday morning.

Eisenberg is hardly the first actor to go bald for a villainous role on the big screen. The film world has often depicted characters with a penchant for evil with shiny noggins.

Max Schreck’s blood-hungry performance in the 1922 horror film “Nosferatu” is hauntingly hairless. More recently, Karen Gillan got sadistic in hues of blue as Nebula in “Guardians of the Galaxy.” Before Eisenberg, Kevin Spacey took a turn as DC Comics’ wealthy supervillain in “Superman Returns.”

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Plenty of actors have hidden or shaved their locks to play a villain on the big screen; we want to know who your favorite bald baddie is. Click through our gallery and vote below. If someone didn’t make the list, leave a comment telling us who we missed.

— Andrea Wang | @accordingtoAW

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One Response to Lex Luthor and more bald baddies: Who did it best?

  1. Trisha Lynn says:

    Hey Hero Complex — I don't see any restrictions as to whether the votes should be movies only or if it would include television shows. You forgot to include Michael Rosenbaum; he gets my vote!

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