"I do not suffer fools, people. The world is filled with too many already. Obsequious cretins who worship aliens, believing them to be the agents of justice. But I have seen the alien's true face. I understand his threat. In spite of my false conviction at the hands of these vigilantes, LexCorp has stayed on mission, redoubling its efforts to find the next alien Ubermensch and crush it in its infancy." ~ Lex Luthor in The Death of Superman
Alexander Joseph "Lex" Luthor, is a highly intelligent billionaire, the founder of LexCorp, and the archenemy of Superman. Lex is obsessed with destroying Superman and other beings just like him because he believes they are a threat to him and Earth.
Lex is a major antagonist of the DC Animated Movie Universe; serving as a minor character in Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, a minor antagonist in Justice League: Throne of Atlantis and Justice League vs. Teen Titans, a secondary antagonist in The Death of Superman, a supporting antagonist and anti-villain in Reign of the Supermen, a minor character/anti-villain in Batman: Hush and will return in Justice League DARK: Apokolips War in an unknown role.
In Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, and Justice League vs. Teen Titans, Lex was voiced by Steven Blum. In The Death of Superman, Reign of the Supermen, Batman: Hush and Justice League DARK: Apokolips War, Lex was voiced by Rainn Wilson, who also voiced Gallaxhar, Gargamel (Smurfs: the Lost Village), and Jack Morris.
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
Luthor was part of Deathstroke's Pirate crew at the time, however his scene was cut short after Aquaman and his armies stormed Deathstroke's ship, killing Luthor and Deathstroke onborad.
Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
Justice League vs. Teen Titans
The Death of Superman
Lex Luthor was put under house arrest for his activities. He was later visited by an annoyed Superman who accused him of planning attacks on Mayor Booker through the Intergang armed with Apokoliptan technology, which Luthor subtly denied. Before leaving, Superman tells Luthor, "This city's never going to love you just for hating me", a comment which seriously vexed Lex.
After most of the Justice League have been beaten, Lex Luthor appears and battles Doomsday, blasting him with a powerful energy cannon across the city, and is the first hit to even scratch him. However, when he attempted to get a sample, he was swiftly overpowered and his battle suit was torn apart. Superman recovered just in time to save him.
Reign of the Supermen
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Luthor is visited by Batman asking for information on a delivery list of an ethylene compound to track down Poison Ivy's location. Luthor provided him with the location and demanded to be treated with respect, since he was a Justice League member now. Batman reminded him that he was only a probationary member, much to Luthor's ire.
Justice League Dark: Apokolips War
Now a member of the Justice League, Lex Luthor, along with the other members, attends the Justice League's briefing of their planned attack on Darkseid and Apokolips. Luthor audibly expresses his disagreement with Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman's plan, opting to negotiate rather than fight, but Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman shoots down his proposal of sending an envoy to Apokolips. Luthor agrees to stay in his place as Superman refuses to take the chance that Darkseid will cooperate forever, and they must get rid of him. Later, Luthor accompanies the Justice League as they invade Apokolips. Upon arrival, they are attacked by Paradooms, genetic hybrids of Parademons and Doomsday. Despite the League's efforts, they are utterly decimated, with the League's members either killed or captured. It is unknown how Lex Luthor escaped without injuries, but it is likely he surrendered.
Two years later, after Darkseid assumed tyranny over Earth after the defeat of the Justice League and the Teen Titans, Lex Luthor reclaimed his position as the top of LexCorp as he acts as a New God representative between Earth and Apokolips, while secretly relaying intel to Lois Lane in favor of her resistance force but keeping himself anonymous. Luthor serves as an act of communication to Earth by Batman, who has been brainwashed to become Darkseid's right-hand man. Given that LexCorp is home to Earth's one and only boom tube, which is the only means of traveling to and from Apokolips, Batman gave Luthor orders to transport the Paradooms to Earth after being alerted of the resistance force's attacks on the Reapers.
When the resistance force invade LexCorp to use the boom tube, they are confronted by Luthor in his battle suit. After Luthor hurts Damian, Raven momentarily loses control of herself and a portion of Trigon emerges, which destroys Luthor's suit and would have killed him if Raven did not regain her control. Luthor reveals to the group that he is Lois Lane's anonymous source, acting as a double agent. Luthor joins the resistance force, giving the depowered Superman his battle suit equipped with Kryptonite-laced weapons (which is ironic considering it was created to kill Superman), and the other fighters their own Kryptonite-laced weapons to combat the Paradooms. Using the boom tube to transport Superman, Raven, Damian Wayne, John Constantine, [Etrigan]] to Apokolips, Luthor is contacted by Batman who becomes aware of Luthor's betrayal, which puts an end to Luthor's double agency.
Luthor stays behind with Lois Lane and the Suicide Squad to combat the Paradooms, intent on keeping them away from the boom tube and thus Apokolips. The group do well at first to fend them off, but become vastly outnumbered, and Luthor erects a Kryptonite barrier to buy time for him to set the self-destruct sequence of LexCorp. Soon after, Luthor's corpse is seen, having been butchered by a Parademon. after the defeat of Darkseid, Constantine requested Flash to reset the timeline which he did resulting in another timeline as many heroes and villains resurrected and their fates disappear along with Lex Luthor thus resurrecting them in a new timeline.
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- Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox
- Justice League: Throne of Atlantis
- Justice League vs. Teen Titans
- The Death of Superman
- Reign of the Supermen
- Batman: Hush
- Justice League Dark: Apokolips War
- Corson, Heath (writer) & Spaulding, Ethan (director) (January 27, 2015). Justice League: Throne of Atlantis.
- Miller, Bryan Q., Burnett, Alan (writers) & Liu, Sam (director) (April 12, 2016). Justice League vs. Teen Titans.
- Tomasi, Peter J. (writer), Liu, Sam & Castorena, Jake (directors) (July 24, 2018). The Death of Superman.