There have been many Luthors. I would argue that the one who best captured the comic character was Michael Rosenbaum from TV's Smallville. The others were in some way silly. Luthor is not silly. He is a wonderful Superman villain. Like the Joker to Batman, Luthor poses no physical threat to Superman. But it is his evil mind that always keeps the Man of Steel at bay.
Whoever plays Luthor should be someone who can project not only great evil, but also be a believable genius and master tactician.
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The man can do anything. Watch him as Dracula, Sirius Black, Stansfield from The Professional...
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His work as Sherlock Holmes might be the best interpretation of the character: smart, arrogant, and always dangerous
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This one is a bit out of the box. But if they wanted to show a Lex who was charming to the public, but had a secret hidden rage, Fillion's work on Firefly showed he could pull this off.