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Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Lex Luthor with sound clips and images.
Every super hero has a nemesis. Superman's is Lex Luthor. Lex Luthor is one of the most intelligent and richest men in the world. He owns most of Metropolis and most people in the city work for him in some way whether they know it or not. He believes himself to be above the law and will bribe, sue or eliminate all who stand in his way and prevent him from getting what he wants.

Lex is secretly involved in many illegal activities which are often foiled by Superman's interference. He would like nothing more than to see Superman die by his own hand. Lex Luthor is an arrogant, jealous and ruthless man. In addition to Superman he hates many other super heroes as well, and often clashes with the Justice League.

Created by Foxwolf on Sun Apr 5 2009, 153 Comments, Add Comment
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Superman: The Animated Series (1996)
Lex LuthorClancy Brown
Clancy Brown
Superman: Brainiac Attacks (2006)
Lex LuthorPowers Boothe
Powers Boothe
Superman: Doomsday (2007)
Lex LuthorJames Marsters
James Marsters
Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe (2008)
Lex LuthorJoe J Thomas
Joe J Thomas
Challenge of the Super Friends (1978)
Lex LuthorStan Jones
Stan Jones
Superman (1988) (1988)
Lex LuthorMichael Bell
Michael Bell
Superman Returns: The Video Game (2006)
Lex LuthorKevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
Krypto the Superdog (2005)
Lex LuthorBrian Dobson
Brian Dobson
The New Adventures of Superman (1966)
Lex LuthorJackson Beck
Jackson Beck
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)
Lex LuthorChris Noth
Chris Noth
Superman: Red Son (2009)
Lex LuthorJim Meskimen
Jim Meskimen
All-Star Superman (2011)
Lex LuthorAnthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
Lex LuthorKevin Michael Richardson
Kevin Michael Richardson
Young Justice (2010)
Lex LuthorMark Rolston
Mark Rolston
Superman: The Man of Steel (2002)
Lex LuthorJ.S. Gilbert
J.S. Gilbert
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)
Lex LuthorSteve Blum
Steve Blum
JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time (2014)
Lex LuthorFred Tatasciore
Fred Tatasciore
LittleBigPlanet 2 (2011)
Lex LuthorKerry Shale
Kerry Shale
DC Super Heroes Batman Be-leaguered (2014)
Lex LuthorJohn DiMaggio
John DiMaggio

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HyperVoiceActing
said at 7:57 AM on Fri Dec 19 2014
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I don't know why, but Kerry's voice reminds me of Daran Norris.

Actually, do you think Daran would be a good Lex?
DravenRoth994
said at 10:54 AM on Sun Nov 23 2014
I'm REALLY disappointed with John!! I'm sure he could be a great Lex Luthor under better direction. For now, he's just ok. Also, could Lex Lang (see what I did there) work as Luthor?
Ross123
said at 3:10 PM on Sat Nov 22 2014
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While John is good as Lex Luthor, he fails to capture the heart & soul other VAs put into the role. Also, some lines feel forced.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:24 AM on Fri Nov 21 2014
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If John gets to play a more serious/sinister version of Lex that'd be nice. This one's just too campy to me. It is for a Lego game so I can kind of give it a pass.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:33 AM on Sat Nov 22 2014
@Polyester Funk Oops, that is a show not a game. I was thinking of Lego Batman 3 cuz I know that is coming out soon cuz I've been seeing the adds on TV.
Slick
said at 10:29 AM on Wed Nov 26 2014
Do you think Rick D. Wasserman would be a great successor for Clancy Brown if he ever retires?
Polyester Funk
said at 12:49 AM on Thu Nov 27 2014
@Slick Rick does sound quite a lot like Clancy at times, so I'd have to say yes.
Slick
said at 8:20 AM on Fri Nov 28 2014
I'm glad you agree.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:40 PM on Thu Nov 20 2014
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John was a good casting call...however this is a rather poor execution. John's voice, line delivery, and the lines themselves just don't give off a "Luthor" feeling.
Bookman230
said at 6:27 PM on Wed Oct 8 2014
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This may be uncoventional, but hear me out: Keith David as Lex.
TylerMirage (Admin)
said at 6:47 PM on Wed Oct 8 2014
@Bookman230 Voice? Sure.

Live-action? YES, PLEASE.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 6:50 PM on Wed Oct 8 2014
@Bookman230
I had a similar idea wih Idris Elba
Bookman230
said at 7:30 PM on Wed Oct 8 2014
@Music Meister Ooooh, also a fine idea.
Slick
said at 7:54 PM on Sat Oct 11 2014
@Bookman230 Keith David as Lex IS a pretty good idea.
Slick
said at 6:30 PM on Fri Oct 24 2014
@TylerMirage I don't think Keith David could play Lex in live-action.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 1:39 PM on Thu Oct 2 2014
Clancy is my first, with Mark and Fred tied for second.

Also slight tangent, but anyone else find it weird that for Krypto, they used the TAS design for Superman's appearance yet give Lex a weird green skinned cartoony look?
Slick
said at 4:52 PM on Wed Aug 20 2014
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I bet Rick D. Wasserman would be a great sound-alike for Clancy.
Savate
said at 3:24 PM on Sun Aug 10 2014
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Clancy Brown is superb in this role: his voice fits Luthor perfectly and he does the frustration at Superman scenes flawlessly.
Slick
said at 3:33 PM on Thu Oct 30 2014
You're right. I bet Rick D. Wasserman would be a great successor if Clancy retires.
CLG
said at 8:48 AM on Sat Jul 19 2014
my top 5 Picks
1. Anthony LaPaglia
2. Fred Tatasciore
3. Clancy Brown
4. James Marsters
5. Steve Blum
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:29 PM on Fri Jun 6 2014
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This might sound really weird and out there but I kinda want Idris Elba to play Luthor. Either in live action or voice acting
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 10:35 PM on Fri Jun 6 2014
@Music Meister Hmm, not bad.
Netherman14
said at 11:57 AM on Tue Jun 10 2014
@Music Meister Hmm, a black Lex Luthor, I don't think African American humans would like it much, it would make them look evil, and they're made to be evil enough in films.
I don't support this idea.
Nightmare Crusher
said at 12:26 PM on Tue Jun 10 2014
@Music Meister Not a bad idea. He would probably be better than Jesse Eisenberg at least.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 12:58 PM on Tue Jun 10 2014
@Netherman14 Do you realise how incredibly condescending this comment sounds?
Netherman14
said at 2:02 AM on Mon Jun 16 2014
@NCZ I didn't mean to...
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 6:11 AM on Thu Jun 19 2014
@Netherman14 Baby-Doll? O_O
Ross123
said at 10:07 AM on Tue May 20 2014
I'm going to give my vote to Clancy since he pulls off the BEST Lex Luthor voice here.

I agree with the first 3 lines in the poll, Mark is 2nd & Anthony is 3rd.

A lot of the others sound pretty much the same so yeah, they're pretty much average.

Most of the older voices don't fit especially Jackson Beck.

There are some of the modern voices that don't fit either but they are very far and few between.
Tupka
said at 4:54 PM on Sat Mar 22 2014
I'm going to go with James Marsters. I've played a lot with my meta villain, so I heard him all the time, and boy he's good.

I feel it's sacrilege not to put Clancy in my top three, but he loses out to Freddy for silver.
ConfusedPhantom
said at 12:06 AM on Sun Feb 2 2014
I like Fred and Kerry's takes.
Fairfieldfencer
said at 6:34 AM on Fri Jan 31 2014
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Clancy Brown is undoubtedly the most sinister in this role, but I personally vote for Jim Meskimen. He really nails Luthor's intelligence.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 9:14 PM on Tue Apr 29 2014
@Fairfieldfencer Really? I think Meskiman sounds completely lifeless in this role. Well actually, maybe it's how Luthor would sound like if he were a real person, but he doesn't give that menacing yet charismatic edge that, say, Mark Rolston gives off.
VctrBnsn
said at 7:44 AM on Tue Jan 28 2014
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Kerry isn't bad actually.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:29 PM on Mon Jan 27 2014
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Fred's voice at times reminds me of Gene Hackman. He sounds good.

That being said, Clancy Brown is my favorite. Mark Rolston and Anthony LaPaglia are really good, too. Stan Jones was good back in the day.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 9:16 PM on Tue Apr 29 2014
@Polyester Funk Fred, Powers Boothe, and Michael Bell all sound like they're channeling Gene Hackman in their performances. Kevin Spacey might be doing that a bit too, but that's because he was playing the same version of the character.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:42 PM on Tue Apr 29 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus I would have liked Powers Boothe better if he didn't make him sound sort of comical. He played him so differently than Clancy Brown did and it was odd since they were supposed to be the same version. Well, that may not be the fault of Powers, but rather someone told him to play Lex that way. Had he done a version more like Clancy he would have been great.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 1:38 PM on Wed Apr 30 2014
@Polyester Funk It wasn't the same version as Clancy Brown - that version doesn't openly talk about world domination plans like this one did. For some reason, that DTV was just lazy and used Bruce Timm's designs for all the characters even though clearly this wasn't the same universe. And yes, listening to Powers' Grodd voice makes me thing of how his Luthor could have been under better direction.
Polyester Funk
said at 12:15 AM on Thu May 1 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus Alright thanks for clearing that up. Had that movie not used the Bruce Timm designs it may have gone over better. I still don't think it was that great, but it may have been viewed as a stand alone piece and not connected to Superman: TAS
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 10:10 PM on Sat May 3 2014
@Polyester Funk I also found myself disappointed in Lance Henrikson's Brainiac. He could have done so much better.
Polyester Funk
said at 10:29 PM on Sat May 3 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus I'm sure he could have. Hearing his voice coming from that design was a little weird, too. Had he looked different it wouldn't have been. But, yeah I think he could have done better.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:00 PM on Mon Jan 27 2014
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I actually like Kerry, he's a bit more campy but its pretty fun to listen to. He also reminded me of Daran Norris for some reason...
pete
said at 12:25 PM on Tue Jan 28 2014
@Music Meister He sounded like Mr. Turner a bit at the beginning.
Lion's Edge
said at 8:26 PM on Mon Jan 27 2014
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Fred Tatasciore actually did... VERY VERY WELL. Would LOVE to hear him do a take on the modern Lex Luthor! But Clancy Brown is still my favourite, and Mark Rolston retains his second place title. Still, Fred is definitely a sound third.

As for guys who should in the future have a shot at Lex...

I dunno why, but recently, I've been thinking Travis Willingham. Something like his Roy Mustang, but more menacing during Lex's more evil moments, with a hint of his performance as Mastermind in the mix. That'd work well for Lex.
Troodon2
said at 9:36 PM on Mon Jan 27 2014
@Lion's Edge How about Richard Ecpar?

*Points to forum*
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 9:37 PM on Mon Jan 27 2014
@Troodon2

http://cronkitehhh.personal.asu.edu/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/obama-not-bad.jpeg
Troodon2
said at 12:41 AM on Tue Jan 28 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight http://www.behindthevoiceactors.com/forums/showthread.php?goto=newpost&t=11920 I point you to his forum.
Lion's Edge
said at 8:37 AM on Tue Jan 28 2014
@Troodon2 Epcar could do a good Lex as well...
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 9:19 PM on Tue Apr 29 2014
@Lion's Edge Clancy, Anthony, Mark, JS, Kevin, James, Fred, and Stan. Those are the best Lex Luthors by far. Powers Boothe had potential too, but he needed better direction to bring that out.
coolgeek176
said at 9:57 AM on Sun Jan 26 2014
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Fred did awesome. I'm sticking with Clancy Brown though.
MaskedMarvel89
said at 8:14 AM on Sun Jan 26 2014
1. Clancy Brown
2. Mark Rolston
3. Fred Tatasciore
MaskedMarvel89
said at 12:06 PM on Mon Jan 27 2014
Actually, after listening to them again, I think Fred is my new Second favorite, and Rolston is 3rd.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 11:25 PM on Sat Jan 25 2014
I really want Fred Tatasciore to have a go at a modern version of Lex Luthor.
pete
said at 12:24 PM on Tue Jan 28 2014
@TheVengeanceKnight Just because it's based off Super Friends doesn't mean it's that version of him. The DCAU version formed the Legion Of Doom, or rather took it over from Grodd. If you mean his voice would be more like Clancy's than typical Saturday morning cartoon villain then yeah he should.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:21 PM on Sat Jan 25 2014
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Fred is pretty darn good here, though I prefer Lex to sound a little more subdued.
VctrBnsn
said at 9:23 PM on Sat Jan 25 2014
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Wow, Fred is not bad at all. And yet ANOTHER voice I predicted (along with Finister2)
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 7:54 PM on Sat Jan 25 2014
Really digging Fred as Luthor, he may even be my new favorite
GothamRed
said at 8:02 PM on Sat Jan 25 2014
@Music Meister He's probably my second favorite as it stands.
Archerboy58
said at 4:11 PM on Tue Dec 24 2013
Clancy IS Lex. though James Marsters, Joe J Thomas, Stan Jones, Chris Noth, and Mark Rolston all were good as well
Archerboy58
said at 9:19 AM on Sun Aug 10 2014
@Archerboy58 Oh and Kevin Spacey and Fred Tatascotire were great too as well s Jim Meskmen
Lpfan120
said at 5:37 PM on Sun Dec 22 2013
How about Ronnie Perlman for Luthor?
Aquafox84
said at 8:07 PM on Sat Jan 25 2014
@Lpfan120 Because he wasn't in that clip. Ron was Deathstroke.
Lpfan120
said at 9:08 PM on Sat Jan 25 2014
I was making a casting suggestion, like a lot of people do on VCs
Aquafox84
said at 8:47 AM on Sun Jan 26 2014
@Lpfan120 alright, that would work. It would be closer to Clancy when I think of it. Since that version doesn't strike me as the billionaire so much as a mob boss which is where Ron has the most freedom.
Comicfan117
said at 5:23 PM on Thu Nov 21 2013
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I don't know why, but I could see Steve channel Gene Hackman
llawliet159
said at 11:29 PM on Fri Nov 15 2013
Clancy Brown, then Mark Rolston, and then Anthony LaPaglia for the top 3 best in my opinion....though Anthony's Luthor voice made me laugh LOLOL
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 9:19 PM on Tue Apr 29 2014
@llawliet159 Same here, on the top 3 I mean.
Robbie
said at 4:56 PM on Thu Nov 14 2013
I prefer Clancy Brown
Lion's Edge
said at 7:40 AM on Thu Oct 31 2013
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...OOH...

I am torn between Clancy Brown and Mark Rolston. Both nailed the character PERFECTLY in my opinion. Gotta give 'em tied first place...
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 8:21 PM on Fri Nov 15 2013
@Lion's Edge Those two and Anthony LaPagila are the three best Luthors IMO.
llawliet159
said at 10:48 PM on Wed Oct 30 2013
Mark Strong as Lex Luthor, guys?
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 8:22 PM on Fri Nov 15 2013
@llawliet159 I wished he'd play him in a movie. Him or Billy Zane.
spencermalley935
said at 9:18 PM on Wed Oct 30 2013
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Jim Meskimen sounds like he'd be a better Tony Stark than Lex Luthor.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 8:22 PM on Fri Nov 15 2013
@spencermalley935 Exactly. He's too...Donald Trump like, really.
Comicfan117
said at 7:11 AM on Tue Oct 29 2013
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Would Corey Burton make a good silver age Luthor
Lion's Edge
said at 10:33 AM on Tue Oct 29 2013
@Comicfan117 He could work. It'd certainly be interesting.

I personally would like to see Robin Atkin Downes voice Luthor at some point. Especially if he did something similar to his George Washington voice (The Tyranny of King Washington was what set this idea in my mind) for the role...
Comicfan117
said at 11:36 AM on Tue Oct 29 2013
@Lion's Edge Yeah. I can see Burton impersonate Stan Jones
Lion's Edge
said at 7:39 AM on Thu Oct 31 2013
@Comicfan117 As could I...

And what do you think of Robin Atkin Downes as a modern Luthor?
Comicfan117
said at 8:59 AM on Thu Oct 31 2013
@Lion's Edge I don't know
Finister2
said at 11:27 AM on Mon Oct 21 2013
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I wonder if Fred Tatasciore would make a good Lex Luthor?
VctrBnsn
said at 9:57 AM on Wed Oct 23 2013
@Finister2 I've toyed around with the idea before, I think he would make a good calm Luthor.
Finister2
said at 2:49 PM on Thu Jan 23 2014
@Finister2 Called it!
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 2:31 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
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1. Clancy Brown - The definitive Lex Luthor. He can play Lex as both a smooth businessman AND a hardened super criminal and do them both perfectly.
2. Anthony LaPaglia - Has a very unique sounding voice and gives an incredible dramatic performance. A perfect silver age Luthor.
3. Mark Rolston - A perfect fit for corrupt businessman/politician Luthor. He plays the underhanded nature of the character very well.
4. JS Gilbert - Clearly channelling Clancy Brown, but manages to be his own voice.
5. Kevin Spacey - He got really into this role, and you just gotta enjoy that.
6. James Marsters - A dark, rich voice for Lex and has very convincing delivery for an evil guy on the verge of madness.
7. Stan Jones - The classic campy supervillain Lex, I think his take holds up very well.
8. Powers Boothe - Sounds very Gene Hackman-esque, and he would've owned the role with better material and direction.
9. Michael Dobson - Another one that takes after Clancy Brown. He's okay.
10. Steve Blum - His voice fits an amoral businessman, but sounds a bit too young for Luthor.
11. Kevin Michael Richardson - It's okay, but you can tell he's really forcing it.
12. Michael Bell - A Gene Hackman inspired campy take on Lex. Passable, but nothing outstanding.
13. Chris Noth - Wasn't Lex a good guy in this one? If so, then the voice acting fits, but it could've been better.
14. Joe J Thomas - Utterly generic and forgettable.
15. Jackson Beck - Plays it way too stereotypical mad scientist, and the accent is bad.
16. Jim Meskimen - Okay, this voice has absolutely no presence. He sounds like a standard Donald Trump type businessman rather than Lex freaking Luthor.
Lpfan120
said at 8:15 AM on Sat Oct 12 2013
@Galactic_Cyrus I think you mean Brian Dobson
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 8:33 AM on Sat Oct 12 2013
@Lpfan120 Gah! Wrong Dobson! I some times get Michael and Brain confused. But never Paul. XD
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 9:07 PM on Tue Apr 29 2014
@Galactic_Cyrus Upon hearing Fred's take, he's right up there with Stan Jones and Powers Boothe. A very solid fit for Luthor. Kerry Shale, on the other hand...eh, he'd be around Michael Bell's level.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 3:44 PM on Sat Sep 21 2013
Close tie between Clancy and Rolston. They both do Lex justice.

Completely idiotic design aside, I actually think Brian Dobson was a pretty decent Lex as well.
Soldierkei
said at 4:08 AM on Sat Aug 31 2013
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1. Clancy Brown
2. Mark Rolston
3. Anthony LaPaglia
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 8:23 PM on Fri Nov 15 2013
@Soldierkei THIS.
Comicfan117
said at 12:08 PM on Sun Aug 18 2013
1. Clancy Brown
2. Mark Rolston
3. James Masters
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 9:34 AM on Mon Aug 5 2013
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Hee-hee, he said "shockwave". :-P
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 8:55 PM on Sun Aug 4 2013
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*cue nerd rage from Blum-haters* :-P
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:41 PM on Sun Aug 4 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight *insert snarky mean-spirited comment about how it's the same voice he always does and that he's overrated*
VctrBnsn
said at 7:03 AM on Mon Aug 5 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight There are Blum haters? :-(
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 7:22 AM on Mon Aug 5 2013
@VctrBnsn I wrote a couple of comments on Steve's page here about his haters, but yeah, there are some. :(
pokemastanumba1
said at 7:15 PM on Fri Aug 16 2013
For the record, I don't hate Steve Blum. In fact, I used to respect the man and admire his talent. But ever since he broke the "record" of the most video game voices, people have been giving him TOO much credit, discerning any contributions made by other voice actors. The widespread mindset that he's the only voice actor left on the planet is really starting to get old. I mean, if there weren't as many people invested in voice-overs, then we wouldn't have cartoons or video games now, would we?

There, I said it.
NCZ (Admin)
said at 8:39 PM on Fri Aug 16 2013
@pokemastanumba1 http://media.tumblr.com/7eed19e144386e4dc0a3a3ed6676e86a/tumblr_inline_mrkx2aLV1f1qz4rgp.gif
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 1:16 AM on Sat Aug 17 2013
@pokemastanumba1

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rAlTOfl9F2w
Nightmare Crusher
said at 9:40 AM on Sat Aug 17 2013
@pokemastanumba1 The only thing getting old is you constantly bringing up this assumption that somehow there is a huge portion of people who only pay attention to Steve Blum. You tend to do things like this quite often actually. Why do you even bother?

TLDR: Viewtiful Joe
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:04 AM on Sat Aug 17 2013
"There, I said it." You pretty much made this whole statement on the Red Skull voice-compare. Anyway, this whole thing with Blum-fan-bias has been going on a while before he broke that record. Ever since Digimon, Cowboy Bebop, Toonami, and all that jazz he's planted himself firmly into the minds and childhoods of thousands of people. That's just the way things are now.

And by the way, have you noticed that he's losing about 75% of his voice-compares? Your argument isn't holding up very well.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 10:55 AM on Sat Aug 17 2013
@pokemastanumba1 I have one more thing to say about this: When he wins a voice-compare, I can usually tell there's a very good reason why his performance won, even if I don't personally agree with it. When he loses there's usually a very good reason for that too. I've rarely seen a voice-compare where I thought bias played into the overall poll results.
pokemastanumba1
said at 8:00 PM on Fri Aug 23 2013
Okay, maybe I was going a bit overboard. I know that he's got quite the fanbase (to say the least), and his popularity has only gotten even larger since that record. But still, I think the some of the poll results and VC comments speak for themselves.
VctrBnsn
said at 8:37 PM on Sun Aug 4 2013
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Steve's an odd choice, need to see it in context though to get a real impression.
pete
said at 8:47 PM on Sun Aug 4 2013
@VctrBnsn Not a villain there.
PsychicVoiceSpy
said at 11:44 PM on Sun Aug 4 2013
@VctrBnsn It's Lex Luthor, and he's really smug. Need I say more? Plus, this is like, half his dialogue in the movie. :P
Fulgore2005
said at 11:07 AM on Fri Jul 26 2013
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Clancy Brown is undoubtedly the best Luthor for me. Glad he returned in Lego Batman 2.
LordofEvil96
said at 7:01 PM on Mon Jun 10 2013
Mark Meer as Lex Luthor anyone?
TheGreenSpeedster
said at 8:38 PM on Sat May 25 2013
I actually think James Marsters is the best but Clancy Brown is also great.
Starscreamsfan
said at 9:25 PM on Fri May 17 2013
My Top 10:

1) Stan Jones

2) James Marsters

3) Michael Bell

4) Kevin Michael Richardson

5) Jackson Beck

6) Clancy Brown

7) Mark Rolston

8) Powers Boothe

9) Chris Noth

10) Brian Dobson
Starscreamsfan
said at 6:10 PM on Sat May 4 2013
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I absolutely love Stan Jones as Luthor. He really fits the character. He really sounds evil and his maniacal laugh is epic.
VctrBnsn
said at 5:35 PM on Sun Feb 24 2013
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Its funny too me that both Clancy Brown and Mark Rolston both appeared in the Shawshank Redemption. And in that movie, Clancy beats up Mark. Coincidence....?

Nah, Im kidding. I think Mark does an excellent job. Anthony is probably my third favorite, with James and Chris tied for forth. Powers Boothe could have done well, but I think a good VA performance is half actor, half material. The material was laughable in that movie. It seams like the guys making it knew nothing about Superman.
VctrBnsn
said at 4:02 PM on Fri Mar 22 2013
@VctrBnsn On second thought, Mark has REALLY grown on me. I love how smooth and sinister his voice is, as apposed to Clancys more brutish and obviously evil performance. I think I just might like him better : 0
VctrBnsn
said at 1:29 PM on Wed Apr 17 2013
@VctrBnsn yep, Mark Rolston is certainly my favorite now. His work in Injustice was great as well.
VctrBnsn
said at 10:09 AM on Thu Apr 18 2013
@VctrBnsn Wow, JS Gilbert isn't that bad. He actually sounds a lot like Clancy Brown.
pete
said at 1:23 PM on Sun May 12 2013
@VctrBnsn I like how you never know the intentions of Mark's Luthor. I think he was using The Light to get the Justice League out of the way and then planned to clone the sidekicks to make a super army and wanted them disposed of so they wouldn't interfere with I'm become President of the United States and if he was that egomaniacal eventually taking over the world.
VctrBnsn
said at 9:31 AM on Mon May 13 2013
@pete I loved that to. I like how even in the last episode when he is actually helping the heroes they are still confused whether to trust him or not. Is this a part of his plan, or does he not want the world he lives on destroyed? And the outside world seems to trust him like freakin Jesus. Clancy was great, but he was more obviously evil.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 8:32 AM on Thu May 16 2013
@VctrBnsn

So anyone with a deep voice like that must be evil? Quick, someone go arrest every single deep-voiced person in the world! :-O
VctrBnsn
said at 9:29 AM on Thu May 16 2013
@TheVengeanceKnight I'll bring the pitchforks and torches ;-).
BurtLancaster1913
said at 12:17 AM on Mon Dec 31 2012
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Most of these guys do good work in the role, but Clancy Brown will always be the definitive Lex to me.
coolgeek176
said at 4:26 PM on Sun Nov 4 2012
Clancy Brown is awesome as Luthor. I also liked Mark Rolston alt too.
Edork42
said at 2:52 PM on Thu Oct 25 2012
Mr. Big played Lex Luthor O_o!
Anyway, I'm tied between Mark and Clancy for my favorite Lex.
mweloo
said at 9:16 AM on Sun Sep 30 2012
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I voted for Mark Rolston mostly because I liked the way his Luthor turned out- a smarmy master manipulator who analyses everything like a game.

I adore the DCAU as a whole, but I found Clancy Brown's Luthor too brutish and obviously evil for my liking. That said, each to their own.
shadowvegeta
said at 8:19 PM on Sun May 20 2012
1. Clancy Brown
2. Chris North
3. Mark Rolston
4. James Marsters
5. Joe J Thomas
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 6:40 PM on Mon May 14 2012
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A lot of these guys did really well, but I can't simply not vote for Clancy Brown. That voice is simply iconic.
BigBDawg
said at 11:49 PM on Fri Apr 13 2012
Lex Luthor... perhaps Superman's most dangerous enemy since he cannot be humbled. My picks for baldy are;
Clancy Brown
James Marsters
Joe J. Thomas
Kevin Spacey
Anthony LaPaglia
Kevin Michael Richardson
and Mark Rolston
D.A.V.E.
said at 10:06 PM on Wed Mar 7 2012
Clancy Brown portrays Luthor as a thug with a fancy suit, with Timm wanted the character to come off as, and worked well. Rolston sounds charismatic, yet slimy, and suits a manipulative Luthor better.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 12:28 AM on Sat Dec 3 2011
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Clancy Brown IS Luthor for me, but I do also like Powers Booth, James Marsters, Stan Jones, Kevin Spacey, Chris North, Anthony LaPalgia, Kevin Michael Richardson and Mark Rolston are all great in the role.

Joe J Thomas and Jim Meskimen sound too generic, Michael Bell was a Stan Jones imitation, Brian Dobson sounds foppish, and Jackson Beck is a sterotypical mad scientist voice.
Anicomicgeek
said at 11:46 PM on Fri Nov 18 2011
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Clancy Brown for Luthor. His voice suited Luthor really well. James Marsters, Anthony LaPaglia, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Mark Rolston were good, too, though KMR does sound like he's trying to channel Brown's Luthor to a degree. That said, Powers Boothe's Luthor did stink.
Anicomicgeek
said at 11:49 PM on Fri Nov 18 2011
@Anicomicgeek Oh, and Chris Noth was good as the heroic alternate Luthor.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 12:30 AM on Sat Dec 3 2011
@Anicomicgeek Powers Boothe's Luthor did not stink, it just sounded wrong coming out of that Luthor. He was playing it more "Gene Hackman" and in a different movie/series, it might have worked.
Anicomicgeek
said at 9:31 PM on Sun Aug 4 2013
@Anicomicgeek

Blum was okay as Luthor, but I'll stick with Brown.
partymonster411
said at 11:56 PM on Sat Oct 29 2011
1. clancy Brown
2. Anthony LaPagila
3. Mark Rolston
4. Kevin michael Richardson
pete
said at 2:46 PM on Tue Apr 5 2011
Kevin is attempting a Clancy with his own voice and it's too recognizable but still sounds like Clancy at the same time.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 9:54 PM on Mon Feb 21 2011
Anthony LaPaglia now added!
lexluther (Guest)
said at 2:53 PM on Sun Nov 21 2010
I think James E. Jones would do me best as a cartoon voice. I would do it myself but then I would have to kill everyone there HAHAHAHAHA!!!
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 10:14 PM on Tue Mar 16 2010
@ smarttamarr94

Sure do, it's a great show! Hope Michael Rosenbaum returns for season 10.
smarttamarr94 (Guest)
said at 7:03 PM on Tue Mar 16 2010
Jackson, You watch Smallville?
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 9:36 AM on Wed Dec 2 2009
I like Michael Rosenbaum's performance also. If there is ever a Smallville video game in the future where he voices Lex again he would be added here asap. :)
jglexfan (Guest)
said at 11:09 PM on Tue Dec 1 2009
I'm sorry, but for me, Michael Rosenbaum is the new best voice for Lex.

Clancy's Lex is too brutish for me.
dtemplar
said at 2:00 PM on Tue Nov 10 2009
To be honest, I was mostly a fan of Stanley Jones's version of Luthor. I was not much of a fan of the criminal businessman version of Luthor when they re-tooled Superman in 1986. I always picture Lex Luthor as the criminal scientist from either the 60s Superman cartoons or the Superfriends.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 2:33 PM on Sat Nov 7 2009
just added Kevin Spacey form SR video game :)
OptimusSolo (Admin)
said at 3:01 AM on Wed Jul 29 2009
Finally found a clip for Bell and Jones, hope you all like them...another satisfied request :)
voicemaster71 (Guest)
said at 4:43 PM on Thu Jul 23 2009
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Clancy Brown is beyond the shadow of a doubt the best Lex Luthor. WHich I am assuming is why he, along with Tim Daly and Kevin Conroy are reprising their roles for Superman/Batman Public Enemies.

The poster Dtemplar and I are on the same wavelength in that we want to see Stanley Jones from the SuperFriends and Michael Bell from the 1988 Ruby Spears Superman series. As for the 1968 Filmation cartoons, I suspect it was Jack Grimes who voiced over Luthor as well as Jimmy Olsen. The multiple voice roles were divided among Jack Grimes and Cliff Owens. I know that Jackson Beck not only narrated, but he was the voices of Perry White and Beany the copy boy.
oy (Guest)
said at 3:39 PM on Wed Jul 1 2009
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woah Joe J Thomas is actually pretty good
Mike M. (Guest)
said at 11:13 AM on Mon May 25 2009
Clancy Brown is great....Marsters is good and Boothe is too cartoony...very Un-Lex-Like.
thomas (Guest)
said at 8:54 PM on Wed Apr 22 2009
did you know Lex Lithor is happy? he partys with Brainiac
thomas (Guest)
said at 8:01 PM on Tue Apr 21 2009
Wait they used Clancy for Brainiac?! How Pathetic!
flint (Guest)
said at 11:26 AM on Tue Apr 21 2009
Is there really a question here? Clancy Brown hands down. He really defined the animated Lex and brought such life to him.

Powers Boothe is better as Grodd. I still can't figure out why they used the original VA's for Braniac attacks except for Clancy. Mind boggling

Marsters was decent, but the movie was terrible.
willow (Guest)
said at 3:44 PM on Mon Apr 20 2009
Clancy Brown no question.
thomas (Guest)
said at 9:36 PM on Tue Apr 14 2009
Say know that I think about it, don't you think any of these voice actors would be a good Professer X.
john (Guest)
said at 4:55 PM on Mon Apr 6 2009
I rate them this way
Clancy Brown
James Marsters
Powers Boothe
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 8:52 PM on Sun Apr 5 2009
Powers Lex seems closer to the Gene Hackman Lex to me. He's a little more whacked out and some his facial expressions and the way to talks proves it sometimes.
thomas (Guest)
said at 7:30 PM on Sun Apr 5 2009
Once you think in that video don't you think Powers sounds at least slightly like Clancy?
satam55 (Guest)
said at 5:10 AM on Sun Apr 5 2009
Clancy Brown is the Definitive Lex Luthor


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