Thursday, January 11, 2007


Will the real Lex Luthor please stand up?

Todd Alcott, who is one sharp cookie, takes a look at Superman's arch nemesis Lex Luthor. I particularly like this bit:
For some reason, for the live-action movies, Superman, Superman II, Superman IV and Superman Returns, Warner Bros neglected every possible valid aspect of Lex Luthor. In these movies, Lex is not a scientist, a businessman or a politician. He's a fop, an opportunist and a jerk. Far from being a genius, he's not even bright. His plans are ridiculous, obtuse and fatally short-sighted. He is, in fact, the opposite of a genius -- he is a man who keeps saying he is a genius. He's a blowhard and a poser, vain and obvious, surrounding himself with morons and sycophants to make himself feel smarter. The Lex of the animated show doesn't have a two-bit hussy and a slobbering idiot in a straw boater for a staff, he seeks out and hires the best and the brightest people in the world (a strategy that sometimes backfires for him when they get wise to his plans for universal domination). What does it say if I'm watching the $200-million-plus Superman Returns and I keep wishing I was watching a cartoon instead?
Well, yeah, when you put it that way...

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