Lex Luthor - Superman

Although ranked by IGN as the fourth best comic book villain in a list of 100, Gene Hackman's depiction of Lex Luthor knocks Lex off the list for me completely. Although the films ultimately had a light-hearted feel to them, Gene Hackman's portrayal of this criminal mastermind was a little too goofy for my taste. Probably the most mind-throbbing thing about his character was how Luthor would always state that he was the greatest mastermind on Earth before revealing or conjuring up one of his evil schemes. While some might view these lines as one of the more classic moments of the film franchise, they however, cause me to shiver. I guess what bothers me most is that Lex Luthor doesn't seem malicious enough; he is always doing everything so casually (maybe even innocently), causing him to appear more like a comic relief rather than an actual villain. Yes, we get it! You're brilliant. Now, start acting evil.
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( Image taken from slashattack.com / August 27, 2012 )

Although ranked by IGN as the fourth best comic book villain in a list of 100, Gene Hackman's depiction of Lex Luthor knocks Lex off the list for me completely. Although the films ultimately had a light-hearted feel to them, Gene Hackman's portrayal of this criminal mastermind was a little too goofy for my taste. Probably the most mind-throbbing thing about his character was how Luthor would always state that he was the greatest mastermind on Earth before revealing or conjuring up one of his evil schemes. While some might view these lines as one of the more classic moments of the film franchise, they however, cause me to shiver. I guess what bothers me most is that Lex Luthor doesn't seem malicious enough; he is always doing everything so casually (maybe even innocently), causing him to appear more like a comic relief rather than an actual villain. Yes, we get it! You're brilliant. Now, start acting evil.

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