Lex Luthor

March 26, 2015 | 1:16 p.m.

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

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)
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.” Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor: Twitter reacts to Batman/Superman casting Plenty […]
May 18, 2014 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Justice League No. 30’ preview: Lex Luthor saves the world?

Lex Luthor gets his team in place in "Justice Leage No. 30" (DC Entertainment)
Geoff Johns has always had big plans for Lex Luthor. When the “Forever Evil” story line, the  first universe-wide event in DC Comics since Johns’ “Flashpoint” reset reality and launched the New 52 more than two years ago, began last year, he spoke with Hero Complex about his interest in Superman’s longtime nemesis. “For me, Luthor has always been about being humanity’s hero. I think the arrival of superheroes really destroyed everything he had planned out for his life and his eventual role in the world. And this is a chance to take it back.” So far, the events of the “Forever Evil” series, which sees the Crime Syndicate devastating the League and the world, have slowly laid the foundation for that vision. In “Justice League” No. 30, it appears that Lex Luthor is finally ready to lead. Hero Complex […]
Jan. 31, 2014 | 10:17 a.m.

‘Superman/Batman’: Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred

Jesse Eisenberg is set to star as Lex Luthor and Jeremy Irons will play Alfred Pennyworth in the new Batman/Superman movie, the upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times; Ethan Miller / Getty Images)
Jesse Eisenberg will play famous villain Lex Luthor in Zack Snyder’s untitled sequel to 2012’s “Man of Steel,” which will see Henry Cavill’s Superman match wits with Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman. Actor Jeremy Irons also has been cast as Bruce Wayne’s loyal butler Alfred, according to a statement issued by Warner Bros. Friday. The character had been played by Michael Caine in Christopher Nolan’s acclaimed Gotham City trilogy. Though Internet rumors last year widely suggested Bryan Cranston would be tapped to play Luthor, the role ultimately went to Eisenberg, famous for roles in such films as “Zombieland” and “The Social Network.” In that David Fincher film, he played Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and earned an Oscar nomination for his performance. PHOTOS: Meet the Batman/Superman cast “Lex Luthor is often considered the most notorious of Superman’s rivals, […]
Sept. 04, 2013 | 6:00 a.m.

‘Forever Evil’: Geoff Johns, David Finch conspire on Crime Syndicate

The gatefold pages 19-22 of "Forever Evil" No. 1 show the Crime Syndicate (Johnny Quick, left, Superwoman, Ultraman, Owlman, Deathstorm and Power Ring), recently arrived from Earth-3, standing before Earth-1's villains. (David Finch / DC Comics)
Superman, Wonder Woman and the rest of the Justice League are out of the picture, and in their place are their villainous counterparts from a parallel universe, the Crime Syndicate. That group leads the charge as darkness descends and rogues rise in “Forever Evil,” the seven-issue limited series by bestselling writer Geoff Johns and artist David Finch (“Batman: The Dark Knight,” “New Avengers”) that marks the first universe-wide event in DC Comics since Johns’ “Flashpoint” reset reality and launched the New 52 two years ago. The double-length “Forever Evil” No. 1 arrives in stores today, the centerpiece of the first week of Villains Month, in which all of DC’s September releases have heels headlining instead of the usual heroes. (See larger versions of the regular cover by David Finch, the pages 19-22 gatefold and three variant covers by Ivan Reis by […]
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