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- So instead of walking into the unknown ... I didn't do anything. [...] I never again let the fear of failure stop me.
- -- Lex Luthor src
Lex Luthor is the genius, ego-centered Metropolis businessman who, with his company LexCorp and scientifically advanced Warsuit, has acted as both an antagonist and ally to Superman and the Justice League.
Early Life and Criminal Operations
Alexander Luthor was born and raised in Smallville, Kansas with a sickly sister, Lena, who he promised to cure.
As an adult, Lex Luthor moved to Metropolis and set himself up as a troubleshooter. When he began intercepting signals from an alien craft that called itself the "Brain Inter-Acting Construct", he set up a dialogue, trading data about Earth for alien scientific knowledge.
Through a strange benefactor, he was recruited into an alliance of convenience with General Lane of Project: Steel Soldier and Glen Glenmorgan, the corporate master of Metropolis, against Superman. However, Luthor double-crossed Lane and Glenmorgan, stealing the Kryptonite the group planned to use, and leaked their plan to a reporter named Clark Kent. 
He attempted to aid Brainiac during the shrinking of Metropolis, but, in the aftermath, there was no evidence and so the government was forced to let him go. Luthor spent the next several years filling the power vacuum in Metropolis left by Glenmorgan.
Around four years after the formation of the Justice League, he instigated the American invasion of Qurac so that he could sell his super-weapons to the army. That was also the year that he personally faced Superman for the first time and was detained by the hero, receiving a facial scar across the left side of his face in the fight. Luthor spent a year in prison, during which Superman would sometimes visit to ask his opinion of a particularly troubling scientific disaster.
While in prison, Lex was visited by Pandora, a mysterious woman who believed he could open her box with the darkness of his heart, but a group of heroes led by Wonder Woman broke into his cell in an attempt to seize the box. Soon after, Luthor was released from prison and returned to his position as the CEO of LexCorp, just in time to witness the Crime Syndicate arrive and announce that criminals were free to walk the Earth. 
Determined to stop the Crime Syndicate from controlling his world, Lex chose to awaken his unfinished Superman clone Subject B-0 and initiate the Syndicate's downfall. Both unlikely heroes explored the destroyed remains of Metropolis and recruited a handful of other villains that opposed the new world order, forming their own "Injustice League". 
When finally preparing to fight the Syndicate, a new enemy - Mazahs, Lex's Earth 3 analogue - attacked Luthor and his allies. However, Mazahs' power was no match for Lex's superior intellect, and Lex defeated and killed his counterpart in battle. In the aftermath, after the Crime Syndicate had been dethroned and the Justice League had been restored from the Firestorm Matrix where they had been trapped, Luthor and the rest of the Injustice League were regarded as heroes and celebrated for their courageous efforts.
In the wake of the invasion, public opinion of Lex Luthor was incredibly favorable, and he decided that he liked it. In an effort to continue being regarded as a hero, he tried to convince the Justice League to recruit him, but was initially unsuccessful. The Justice League eventually talked about how Luthor was going to keep on his crusade with or without the help of the Justice League and, begrudgingly, allowed him to join.
One of the first missions Luthor spent with the Justice League was tracking down the Crime Syndicate member Power Ring's power ring, which had flown onto the hand of Jessica Cruz following his death, and invited Cruz to join their ranks.
After opening up LexCorp for an open house on his company, Luthor was attacked by an assassin named Neutron. Though Luthor and the Justice League repelled Neutron, the assassin accidentally released LexCorp's secret project - the Amazo Virus - that turned all of Metropolis into a quarantine zone.  Luthor and the League worked together to contain the virus and heal all the infected. 
During the conflict between Darkseid and the Anti-Monitor, Lex traveled with the Justice League to the planet Apokolips. After Darkseid's death, a large amount of energy from the Anti-Life Equation was released, giving Lex and the rest of the League all-new special abilities. Luthor, absorbing a large amount of Darkseid's energy, was deemed the "God of Apokolips" and became the new Darkseid.
Lex returned to earth, becoming bored of Apokolips, and shortly thereafter learned of Superman's death. Inspired to become the hero of Metropolis that his sister could be proud of when she awakens, Luthor quickly bought out the Daily Planet to retrieve Superman's cape and declared himself the new Superman.
The next day, he went public by stopping a robbery and hostage situation on live television. However, the Pre-Flashpoint Clark Kent, who had arrived in the current timeline after the events of Convergence, was watching and donned his Superman uniform, believing that Luthor was the same evil mastermind as his Luthor. Superman quickly showed, attempting to "stop" Luthor. However, before the fight could escalate any further, a captive Doomsday appeared, which was the target of the robbery, and both Supermen worked together to stop it.
Later, Luthor was targeted by two aliens named Godslayer and Zade who had foreseen that Luthor would one day once again take Darkseid's place on Apokolips and commit worse deeds than the New God himself.  Taken to their planet, Luthor was rescued by the new/old Superman, and the Supermen, again, had to work together to escape the assassins and return to Earth. 
- Genius Level Intellect
- Hand-to-Hand Combat (Basic)
- Multilingualism: Lex can speak Mandarin fluently.
- Super Suit: Luthor's current warsuit is constructed out of Apokalyptian technology and somewhat resembles Superman's costume.
- Luthor was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, first appearing in Action Comics #23. However, in the Prime Earth continuity Luthor first appeared as part of the New 52 DC Universe in Action Comics (Volume 2) #1 by Grant Morrison and Rags Morales.
- Alexander Luthor (Prime Earth) appears as Lex Luthor (Prime) a playable character in the Infinite Crisis video game.
- 155 Appearances of Alexander Luthor (Prime Earth)
- 64 Images featuring Alexander Luthor (Prime Earth)
- 29 Quotations by or about Alexander Luthor (Prime Earth)
- Character Gallery: Alexander Luthor (Prime Earth)
- ↑ Justice League (Volume 3) #18
- ↑ Action Comics (Volume 2) #8
- ↑ Justice League of America (Volume 3) #7
- ↑ Action Comics (Volume 2) #23.3: Lex Luthor
- ↑ Forever Evil #3 - #5
- ↑ Forever Evil #7
- ↑ Justice League (Volume 2) #35
- ↑ Justice League (Volume 2) #39
- ↑ Justice League (Volume 2) #52
- ↑ Action Comics #957
- ↑ Action Comics #967
- ↑ Action Comics #972
- ↑ New Super-Man #9
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