The first image of Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor in the upcoming movieBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been revealed (scroll down to see it).  Here's a look at some of the other actors who have portrayed the Man of Steel's greatest nemesis.


Lyle Talbot -- Atom Man vs. Superman (1950)


Ray Owens -- The New Adventures of Superman (1966)


Stanley Jones -- Super Friends (1973-1974), The All-New Super Friends Hour (1977-1978), Challenge of the Super Friends (1978-1979), The World's Greatest Super Friends (1979-1980), Super Friends: The Legendary Super Powers Show (1984-1985), and The Super Powers Team: Galactic Guardians (1985-1986)


Gene Hackman -- Superman: The Movie (1978), Superman II (1980), andSuperman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987)


Michael Bell -- Superman (1988)


Scott James Wells -- Superboy (1988)


Sherman Howard -- Superboy (1989-1992)


John Shea -- Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993-1997)


Kevin Spacey -- Superman Returns (2006)


Clancy Brown -- Superman: The Animated Series (1996-2000), Justice League (2001-2004), Justice League Unlimited (2004-2006),Superman/Batman: Public Enemies (2009), The Batman (2004-2008),Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008-2011), LEGO Batman: The Movie -- DC Superheroes Unite (2013), LEGO Batman 2: DC Superheroes (2013), and LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham (2014).


Kevin Michael Richardson -- Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008-2011)

John DiMaggio -- LEGO Batman: Be-Leaguered (2014)


Brian Dobson -- Krypto the Superdog (2005-2006)


Powers Booth -- Superman: Brainiac Attacks (2006)


James Marsters -- Superman: Doomsday (2007) and DC Universe Online(2011)


Mike Rolston -- Young Justice (2011-2013), Injustice: Gods Among Us(2013), and Young Justice: Legacy (2013)


Michael Rosenbaum -- Smallville (2001-2011)


Anthony LaPaglia -- All-Star Superman (2011)


Chris Noth -- Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)


Steve Blum -- Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2011)


Fred Tatasciore -- JLA Adventures: Trapped in Time (2014)


Tara Strong -- Legion of Superheroes (2006)


Christopher Sean Piereman and Joe J. Thomas -- Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe (2008)


Donald Faison -- Robot Chicken (2005-2014)


Jesse Eisenberg -- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

Who among them is your favorite?

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Comment by koshersalaami on March 26, 2015 at 10:20pm
That's a lot of research
Comment by Tinkerertink69 on March 26, 2015 at 10:43pm

Robot Chicken was the best!!! What? :D

Comment by Mary Lois Adshead on March 27, 2015 at 5:57am

I had no idea there were this many Supermans! Much less Lex Luthors...thanks for enlightening us.

Comment by Nick Leshi on March 27, 2015 at 6:37am

Tink, I'm a huge fan of Robot Chicken! :-)

Comment by Nick Leshi on March 27, 2015 at 6:39am

KosherSalaami, and that's just the mainstream TV and movies.  I didn't even look to see if any actors have played Lex Luthor on the radio or stage.  And I'm sure others may have played the villain on commercials or skit-shows like Saturday Night Live, etc.

Comment by Jerry DeNuccio on March 27, 2015 at 1:38pm

Eisenberg looks menacing!  No-nonsense-villainy menacing!  I wonder if that's how the part will be played, in contrast to some of the rather breezy puckishness of some Lex Luthors.  Thanks for the list, Nick.  Anthony La Paglia?  Chris Noth?--I had no idea.

Comment by Nick Leshi on March 27, 2015 at 1:45pm

Jerry, I counted cartoon and video game versions, so La Paglia and Noth provided only the voice for the character.  One actor who did a lot of voiceover work as Lex Luthor and who I think would have been excellent to play him in live-action is Clancy Brown.

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