Happy Sunday, comics jockeys! Superman/Batman: Public Enemies finally arrives this month, and it’s bringing the baddest Lex Luthor of all time. Disagree? Read my defense on Wired, and let me know who you think is better. Or is that badder?
Clancy Brown: Greatest Lex Luthor Ever?
From Buckaroo Banzai to SpongeBob SquarePants, veteran actor Clancy Brown has brought a long string of compelling characters to life on TV and movie screens.
But is he the greatest Lex Luthor ever committed to pop culture?
“Nobody knows what it’s like to be the bad man … behind blue eyes,” Brown said, riffing on The Who’s memorable tune in a press release about Superman/Batman: Public Enemies, the upcoming animated movie that arrives on DVD, download and on-demand Sept. 29. “But I know. All too well.”
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies is Luthor’s chance to outshine his superheroic nemeses at long last. That’s because he’s president of the United States in the film, and Superman and Batman are merely foils for the nefarious machinations of his White House.
Not that Brown hasn’t upstaged superheroes before: Ever since stepping into the monomaniacal bald pate of Luthor for Superman: The Animated Series in the ’90s, Brown has brought the perfect mixture of gravitas, humor and conscienceless evil to the role, diminishing his enemies in the process. Subsequent appearances in Justice League Unlimited, The Batman and other shows have further cemented Brown’s credibilty as the ultimate Lex Luthor. MORE @ WIRED