Lex Luthor has gone through many changes over the years. We've seen him as a 'mad' scientist, super-villain, and even currently as a hero in the pages of JUSTICE LEAGUE. Often, you just never really know what to expect with Lex. We can't help but feel, deep down, he is fully of evil. He has been showing signs and an honest attempt at doing good. But this is Lex we're talking about.
In the BATMAN/SUPERMAN Sneak Peek (which you can read for free HERE), Lex has ditched his signature armored suit for something a little sleeker. This isn't the first time he's changed his outfit. Before we get into his brand new attire, let's look back at some of his more memorable looks.
Mad Scientist Look
In the beginning, Lex had hair. We never really knew why he was a bit of a 'mad' scientist. You often had to wonder if he had the intelligence and means to fund some of his crazy schemes and technology, why was he turning to crime?
Super Friends Look
In the 70s animated series, he went this purple outfit. Lex seemed to always like purple and green. This outfit served as more of a costume and separated him from the scientist or businessman look.
My one question is, what was in those little compartment things on the straps across his chest? Did they ever show him storing anything in those? Did he keep Kryptonite pebbles in there?
During the 80s and on the Super Powers toy line, Lex went with a more armored look. If he's going to try to go up against the Man of Steel so often, it made sense he'd want to try to have some sort of advantage. Of course being able to fire Kryptonite blasts on certain models also gave him an upper hand over Superman. You have to admit this is sort of a clunky look.
Return to the Business Suit
We also saw a return to the straight businessman look. Lex ditched the armor and focused on building a financial empire. This way, he could rule the business world and also employ others to do his dirty work.
Perhaps Lex simply enjoys getting into the action against Superman. He's gotta love the feeling of delivering a powerful blow against Superman's big square chin. But once again, take a look at this outfit. He'd need his own parking spot just to put this thing if he decided to get out. With the green and purple, colors we tend to associate with the supervillains, it's pretty obvious he's up to no good. The big oversized intimidating look is also a good indication he's carrying around all this fire power to do something bad.
Sleeker and Updated Armor
When he became a member of the Justice League, he did have a slimmer suit of armor. This look puts him more on par with the other heroes on the team. He doesn't look like a walking tank. Having his head more visible and exposed also could give a more welcoming appearance. He isn't trying to hide anything. You know who you're dealing with. And while the suit is likely to have all sorts of hidden weaponry, it doesn't look as crazy as a giant arsenal.
In the sneak peek, his new look is perhaps more practical?
This outfit let's him walk around without having to worry about where he's going to park his suit of armor. He has the traditional trench coat look that we don't see as often as we used to. He still has power gauntlets so we can assume he's still capable of blasting enemies. Baggy pants? Perhaps he actually has armor under those. What's that glowing on his chest? We have to assume it's not Kryptonite. Lex learned the hard way in the pre-New 52 continuity about the harmful effects of Kryptonite radiation. Maybe it does show a source of power for whatever weaponry he's hiding and maybe he just still really really likes green. The glasses? They look pretty cool but some guys just like wearing shades all the time.
Maybe this is easier than having thrusters on his boots. If it was light enough, maybe he could carry it on his back the way Captain America carries his shield. We'd have to assume he'd have some sort of magnetic boots to keep from getting knocked off.
It's kind of a weird look. Lex is taking bits from different eras. He is still a businessman despite also being a member of the Justice League. This could be his compromise to try to fit into both worlds. We don't know the full benefits of this new look. We'll definitely be checking him out in action when he appears this way in June.
What are your thoughts on his new semi-casual look? Which outfit for Lex do you prefer?