Lex Luthor
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Lex Luthor

Comparision of the voice over actors who have been the voice of Lex Luthor with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Superman

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 Apr 5 2009
Special thanks to Pokejedservo, OptimusSolo, Jackson_H, Cypo, UltimateCharm, Music Meister, solidejake for additional sound clips.
The New Adventures of Superman (1966)
Lex LuthorJackson Beck
Jackson Beck
Challenge of the Super Friends (1978)
Lex LuthorStan Jones
Stan Jones
Superman (1988) (1988)
Lex LuthorMichael Bell
Michael Bell
Superman: The Animated Series (1996)
Lex LuthorClancy Brown
Clancy Brown
Superman: The Man of Steel (2002)
Lex LuthorJ.S. Gilbert
J.S. Gilbert
Krypto the Superdog (2005)
Lex LuthorBrian Dobson
Brian Dobson
Superman: Brainiac Attacks (2006)
Lex LuthorPowers Boothe
Powers Boothe
Superman Returns: The Video Game (2006)
Lex LuthorKevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey
Superman: Doomsday (2007)
Lex LuthorJames Marsters
James Marsters
Batman: The Brave and the Bold (2008)
Lex LuthorKevin Michael Richardson
Kevin Michael Richardson
Mortal Kombat VS DC Universe (2008)
Lex LuthorJoe J Thomas
Joe J Thomas
Superman: Red Son (2009)
Lex LuthorJim Meskimen
Jim Meskimen
Young Justice (2010)
Lex LuthorMark Rolston
Mark Rolston
Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths (2010)
Lex LuthorChris Noth
Chris Noth
LittleBigPlanet 2 (2011)
Lex LuthorKerry Shale
Kerry Shale
All-Star Superman (2011)
Lex LuthorAnthony LaPaglia
Anthony LaPaglia
Justice League: The Flashpoint Paradox (2013)
Lex LuthorSteve Blum
Steve Blum
DC Super Heroes Batman Be-Leaguered (2014)
Lex LuthorJohn DiMaggio
John DiMaggio
JLA Adventures: Trapped In Time (2014)
Lex LuthorFred Tatasciore
Fred Tatasciore
Justice League: Gods and Monsters (2015)
Lex LuthorJason Isaacs
Jason Isaacs
Justice League Action (2016)
Lex LuthorJames Woods
James Woods
DC Super Friends
Lex LuthorTravis Willingham
Travis Willingham

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PaulJoker
said at 9:02 PM on Tue Jul 18 2017
Clancy Brown nuff said
wdf1
said at 6:33 PM on Thu Jun 22 2017
1. Clancy Brown
2. Mark Rolston
3. James Marsters
4. Kevin Spacey
GreenGoblin75
said at 7:01 PM on Fri May 26 2017
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I think I'll change my vote to Mark for his Injustice performance.

Clancy is just as awesome but I hear Mark as less characters so he sounds just a bit more unique.
GreenGoblin75
said at 8:42 PM on Mon Jun 26 2017
@GreenGoblin75
Yeah, back to Clancy.
batcool
said at 6:01 PM on Fri May 26 2017
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1. Clancy brown i mean with that voice and his performance in Superman TAS and Justice League Unlimited he nails every aspect of Lex

2. Mark rolston is a definite second choice i knew i liked him Young justice but it was hearing in Injustice which really show he great

3. Chris noth yeah I know it a different universe Pex but you can't help loving his performance in the film and I can see him voicing traditional evil Lex
HylianBelmont
said at 4:34 AM on Fri Mar 10 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
I'll have to go with the majority here and say Clancy Brown. Although most of the other voices here are pretty great as well I feel.
darknessflamegeass
said at 4:32 AM on Fri Mar 10 2017
 3 Shout Outs!
1. Brown
2. Rolston
3. Marsters/LaPaglia
Stare at the Sun
said at 11:18 AM on Sun Jan 29 2017
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James Woods was much better in other episodes. He acted more like a sarcastic jerk in those.

He is great under the right direction.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 11:26 AM on Sun Feb 19 2017
@Stare at the Sun If he reprises Hades in KH3, this gives me hope that he'll do a good job since his performance in the Re:Coded cutscene movie was...INCREDIBLY off.
Troodon2
said at 7:53 PM on Sat Jan 28 2017
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Well, here goes--

Lex Luthor is the definite Lex. There's no denying Lex Luthor as we know is a powerful, intimidating, yet charming and intelligent supervillain; and Clancy's performance really does convey and define that entity to a P.

Both Mark Rolston and Anthony LaPaglia are tied at second; Anthony playing a more cold, calculating, and manipulative performance while still being soft and subtle about it, and Mark giving off this really cool, suave businessman type attitude.

Fred Tatasciore definitely comes in at third, I don't know why but there's just something captivating about how Fred portrays the classic Mad Scientist archetype, same can even be said for Travis Willingham, who even conveys the more modern tycoon entity rather well.

Steve Blum was okay, nothing great, just Steve being Steve; and that's fine cause nobody can play Steve better than Steve, but his voice as Lex Luthor just isn't really interesting, still he's fine with what he's got.

KMR, John Dimaggio, and James Boothe were interesting choices, but given their direction their performances just didn't sit well; same can be said for James Woods, who I think would make a good Lex, but again given the direction of the character his performance just didn't meet our standards.

I could talk about Jim Meskimen, Chris North, and James Masters, but then It'd take up the character limit; all I gotta say is they're all good Lexs' to.

BONUS: Once again, I have to commend Autovolt for his ideas, especially Jamieson Price, but I also think JB Blanc would make an eccentric Lex Luthor, I can even see Patrick Seitz pulling a similar performance as Travis; and given how he's a part time voice actor I can even see Michael Rosenbaum returning to play Lex behind the booth. Other choices include the usual--

David Kaye, Troy Baker, Nolan North, Liam O'Brien, Robin Atkin Downes, Crispin Freeman, Michael Dobson, Mark Oliver, Jason Douglas or even Jason Spisak or Alan Tudyk pulling off a similar Lex as Rossenbaum did.

And of course there's always the big leagues like Ron Perlman or Kelsey Grammer (latter probably more like Woods but better)
GothamRed
said at 2:21 PM on Thu Jun 8 2017
@Troodon2 I agree, there's never been a better Lex Luthor than Lex Luthor.
WrightWay
said at 10:54 PM on Wed Jan 25 2017
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Clancy Brown is too awesome as Lex Luthor.
Scourge
said at 6:00 PM on Mon Jan 23 2017
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Clancy Brown remains my favorite. James Woods is good to me, as well. He reminds me of Jesse Eisenberg, as well, which I, unlike some, thought was a good performance. Marsters, Isaacs, Rolston, and Spacey were also really good.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 8:04 PM on Mon Jan 23 2017
@Scourge - The problem with Jesse wasn't that it's a bad performance by itself. It's just not Lex Luthor
EPA Deane
said at 10:16 AM on Tue Jan 24 2017
@HyperVoiceActing Jesse Eisenberg would have been a better fit for a Modern Jimmy Olsen.
D.A.V.E.
said at 4:47 PM on Mon Jan 23 2017
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James Woods sounds A LOT better in "Luthor in Paradise" than in "Repulse". He has better dialogue, faster pace, and a younger tone.

"Repulse" in generally was a really bad episode.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 2:10 PM on Tue Jan 24 2017
@D.A.V.E. - That wouldn't happen to be because it really pushes ClarkXDiana instead of BruceXDiana, right? ;p

(all jokes aside, from what I've seen of it, the writing could have been a lot better)
EPA Deane
said at 2:23 PM on Tue Jan 24 2017
@HyperVoiceActing BruceXDiana OTP.
D.A.V.E.
said at 2:24 PM on Tue Jan 24 2017
@HyperVoiceActing It's a bummer of an episode for a lot of reasons.

Also, Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman are the ultimate Bro O3P.
Anicomicgeek
said at 12:56 PM on Mon Jan 23 2017
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What went wrong? James Wood should've worked, but he's disappoint as Luthor.
Troodon2
said at 2:10 PM on Mon Jan 23 2017
@Anicomicgeek I think the choice of character direction that didn't stack up the favor.

If they had written Lex as the more suave, charismatic, calculative, business man type character I think James would have done well with the performance.
EPA Deane
said at 10:21 AM on Mon Jan 23 2017
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"I own Metropolis. My technology built it, my will keeps it going, and nearly two-thirds of its people work for me whether they know it or not. Even you have to admit, it's a model of efficiency. And yet, I've often thought... why limit myself to just one city?"

Lex Luthor, The Man who gives Scientists and Businessmen a Very BAD Name....

Here are My Top 5 Favourite Voices for Him:

5. Kevin Spacey
4. Mark Rolston
3. James Marsters/ Jason Issacs
2. Anthony LaPaglia
1. Clancy Brown

Future VA Suggestions:

Billy Zane is an Actor who I've been longing to portray Lex Luthor for AGES (and the Man who SHOULD be playing in the Current Film Franchise instead of the VERY Miscast Jesse Eisenberg). His Voice would Perfectly fit both The Evil Scientist and the Machiavellian Businessman characterisations of Lex.....

MAKE THIS CASTING COME TRUE!!!!

Christopher Sabat would also be solid, using a smoother Version of his Piccolo voice.

I also Recommend Benjamin Diskin, Peter Cullen, Jay Goede and Christopher Daniel Barnes.
huzaifa_ahmed
said at 7:29 PM on Fri Jan 27 2017
@EPA Deane "Benjamin Diskin, Peter Cullen" seeing these two side-by-side would be pretty odd out-of-context.
EPA Deane
said at 3:10 AM on Sun Jan 29 2017
@huzaifa_ahmed

I imagine Ben Diskin would work as a version of Lex similar to Michael Rosenbaum's portrayal in 'Smallville'.

Peter Cullen sounds like he would be most fitting the Benevolent Scientist version from The 'Superman: Earth One' graphic novels.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 9:36 AM on Mon Jan 23 2017
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James Woods as Lex is an idea that sounds perfect on paper, but somehow the execution seems lacking.
Shaun Ince
said at 7:58 AM on Mon Jan 23 2017
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Yeah, not a huge fan of James Woods as Lex. It just sounds like Hades from Disney's Hercules and that is pretty distracting.
Bookman230
said at 4:34 PM on Sun Jan 8 2017
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Personally, James Woods was a bit of a disappointment, but I blame the material more than anything else. It's a bit goofy and fun, which is fine, but it results in a take that's more like Hades than the Owlman-esque take I was hoping for, and it doesn't really feel like Luthor to me. Clancy remains best Lex, imo.
Starscreamsfan
said at 7:29 AM on Sat Jan 7 2017
VC thoughts update

Stan Jones is the voice I've always associated with Luthor. Filled with hatred for Superman and full of some humorous wisecracks ("That's Rex Luthor to you pal!!!") and with an evil laugh that was always a treat to listen, Stan's voice reminds me a lot of Lyle Talbot's Luthor in the 1950's Atom Man vs. Superman live-action serial. For me, this is Luthor.

Michael Bell is second. He's actually pretty enjoyable as the manipulative businessman version, but I really think he was also pretty good as the younger Luthor in Challenge of the SuperFriends, when we got to see how he met Superboy and how he became the evil genius that he is. Both of his performances are great and they really showcase Michael's talent (and in the case of the 88 cartoon, his comedic timing).

I really liked James Woods' take a lot. I've seen "Repulse", and he really nails it. He sounds smug, intelligent and he also has a great sense of humor at the same time. I've always wanted James to play Luthor and I'm glad he now did. He just fits perfectly. He kinda sounds like a mix between Michael Rye and Rene Auberjonois at times.

Jackson Beck fits Luthor's early appearances quite well. He has a sort of Sydney Greenstreet vibe, which makes me think that he would have been a pretty boss Kingpin. Still, he does sound fitting for his version of Luthor.

I really like Steve Blum as well. I just can't get enough of his sneering vibe and his cool-headed attitude. He's just another awesome fit for the role.

I've also enjoyed Clancy Brown (more for his Lego performance), Brian Dobson, Kevin Spacey (KRRRRYPTONITE!!!), Kevin Michael Richardson, Joe J. Thomas, Jim Meskimen, Mark Rolston, Fred Tatasciore, John DiMaggio and Travis Willingham in the role.

J.S. Gilbert, Powers Boothe, James Marsters, Chris Noth, Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Shale and Jason Isaacs just don't do it for me.

Honorable mention: William Hootkins (BBC DC radio dramas)
Shaun Ince
said at 10:34 PM on Fri Dec 30 2016
 1 Shout Out!
Jadon Issacs is someone I had in mind to voice Lex Luthor one day. He sounds really good in that clip.
GreenGoblin75
said at 1:59 PM on Thu Mar 17 2016
1. Anthony LaPaglia
2. Mark Rolston
3. Clancy Brown
4. James Marsters (DCUO)
5. Fred Tatasciore
6. Steve Blum
7. Jason Isaacs
GreenGoblin75
said at 2:55 PM on Sat Dec 31 2016
@GreenGoblin75
1. Clancy Brown
2. Mark Rolston
3. Anthony LaPaglia
4. James Marsters
5. Fred Tatasciore
Autovolt
said at 7:18 AM on Fri Jan 1 2016
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Lex Luthor: Superman's arch-nemesis, whether he's a mad scientist bent on world domination, a shrewd manipulative businessman or he's just gunning to become president, one thing is for certain Lex does not like Superman.

I think I'm going with the majority here and say Clancy Brown is my favourite Lex Luthor. Clancy has an epic villain voice, one that carries over a smug level of charisma and can appear to have good intentions even if that isn't really the case, which are important for a villain like Lex.

A closer runner up is Mark Rolston, good lord he's excellent. He plays him up more as a smug and shrewd manipulative person who has the world eating of his pocket. I kind of prefer Luthor to have a deeper voice so that's why he's only second.

Third for me would be Fred Tatasciore who definitely sounds deeper than Rolston however he's playing a more Silver Age Lex Luthor, he does sound charismatic enough and really fun too. I would not mind if Fred reprises more often, I'd love to see him play the more modern Luthor.

I also really like Jason Issacs, Travis Willingham, Anthony LaPaglia, Kerry Shale, J.S Gilbert, James Marsters and Kevin Spacey (who really could have been the best live-action Luthor had it not been for the direction).

It's sad that John DiMaggio is one of the weaker ones here, in theory he could pull off Lex but he sounds too goofy and campy even for a LEGO special. KMR is very much miscast as well.

BONUS: For voice actors that I think could make an excellent Lex Luthor I'd love to see Jamieson Price or Dan Green take a stab as Luthor as both have charismatic deep voices. For a slightly lighter voice I believe Graham McTavish could work very well too.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 6:11 AM on Wed Sep 16 2015
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I actually liked Travis' performance in those shorts. I'd be up for seeing him reprise the role in the future
Anicomicgeek
said at 11:34 PM on Mon Sep 7 2015
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Sticking with Clancy Brown, though Travis willingham was also good.
LordofEvil96
said at 3:13 PM on Mon Sep 7 2015
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Jason actually isn't too bad. It's a nice change of pace from his typical villain voice roles.

Travis actually made me chuckle. It's not perfect, but it's good for the version they're going for.
Troodon2
said at 2:01 PM on Mon Sep 7 2015
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Travis makes me wish even more that Patrick Seitz did the role. (Not that his take is bad, I'm just saying it sounds like a Patrick Seitz character)
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 12:50 PM on Mon Sep 7 2015
 10 Shout Outs!
Unless I'm mistaken, Travis is the first actor to play both Superman and Lex Luthor.

He's not bad, more focused on the villain side but nothing much else to say about it.
Lpfan120
said at 9:13 AM on Sat Oct 10 2015
@Music Meister
Clancy would've been the first, since he auditioned for Superman in Superman TAS. But Andrea Romano wanted to have him read for Luthor, and you can figure out the rest.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 9:23 AM on Sat Oct 10 2015
@Lpfan120
I didn't know that Clancy auditioned for Superman. That's interesting
Fairfieldfencer
said at 3:08 AM on Wed Oct 28 2015
@Music Meister Yeah. When she asked him to do Luthor, he just went, "I always play bad guys!" At least he (sorta) broke the trend when she gave him Mr Krabs.
Anicomicgeek
said at 4:56 AM on Fri Aug 21 2015
Sticking with Clancy Brown, though Jason Iasscs was also good.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:57 PM on Thu Aug 20 2015
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Oh and John DiMaggio did improve greatly in the Lego DC: Attack of the Legion of Doom.

He's still not on the level that we want him to be but it's closer that whatever they tried in Be-Leaguered.
Music Meister (Moderator)
said at 10:55 PM on Thu Aug 20 2015
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Jason is pretty good, his quieter take gives him a more 'creepy' feel but keeps with the character. He's different enough to know he's a different take on the character but not too different to make it harder to compare to the other Luthors.
skeletonking1234
said at 10:27 PM on Thu Aug 20 2015
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I think Jason is really good. His quiet tone and delivery really add a kind of creepy level to Luthor while still being able to nail the menacing and intellectual side of Luthor as well. I'd put him pretty high up with my favorites (Brown, Tatasciore, and Marsters)
Shaun Ince
said at 4:57 PM on Mon Apr 6 2015
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Clancy Brown defines what Lex Luthor is. Fred Tatasciore is my second favorite. I was really impressed by his take.
BlankSlate
said at 11:41 AM on Fri Mar 27 2015
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I agree with popular opinion here. I'm gonna have to say Clancy. He defined Lex Luthor in voice acting for future generations.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 9:30 PM on Thu Jan 8 2015
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John DiMaggio is probably one of the worst Luthors here, sad to say. He did better as Joker.
EPA Deane
said at 10:21 AM on Tue Jan 24 2017
@Galactic_Cyrus He would be a better fit as Tony Stark.
DravenRoth994
said at 10:54 AM on Sun Nov 23 2014
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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
 1 Shout Out!
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.
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.
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.
HyperVoiceActing
said at 1:39 PM on Thu Oct 2 2014
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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?
Savate
said at 3:24 PM on Sun Aug 10 2014
 5 Shout Outs!
Clancy Brown is superb in this role: his voice fits Luthor perfectly and he does the frustration at Superman scenes flawlessly.
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
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
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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
 2 Shout Outs!
I like Fred and Kerry's takes.
Fairfieldfencer
said at 6:34 AM on Fri Jan 31 2014
 5 Shout Outs!
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
 4 Shout Outs!
Kerry isn't bad actually.
Polyester Funk
said at 11:29 PM on Mon Jan 27 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
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...
SupremeTarantulas
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.
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
 4 Shout Outs!
Fred did awesome. I'm sticking with Clancy Brown though.
MaskedMarvel89
said at 8:14 AM on Sun Jan 26 2014
 3 Shout Outs!
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
 2 Shout Outs!
I really want Fred Tatasciore to have a go at a modern version of Lex Luthor.
SupremeTarantulas
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
 3 Shout Outs!
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
 6 Shout Outs!
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
llawliet159
said at 11:29 PM on Fri Nov 15 2013
 1 Shout Out!
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
 3 Shout Outs!
...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.
spencermalley935
said at 9:18 PM on Wed Oct 30 2013
 3 Shout Outs!
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.
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 2:31 PM on Tue Oct 8 2013
 6 Shout Outs!
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
 1 Shout Out!
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
 2 Shout Outs!
1. Clancy Brown
2. Mark Rolston
3. Anthony LaPaglia
Galactic_Cyrus
said at 8:23 PM on Fri Nov 15 2013
@Soldierkei THIS.
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 9:34 AM on Mon Aug 5 2013
 4 Shout Outs!
Hee-hee, he said "shockwave". :-P
TheVengeanceKnight
said at 8:55 PM on Sun Aug 4 2013
 7 Shout Outs!
*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
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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
 4 Shout Outs!
Steve's an odd choice, need to see it in context though to get a real impression.
SupremeTarantulas
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
 4 Shout Outs!
Clancy Brown is undoubtedly the best Luthor for me. Glad he returned in Lego Batman 2.
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.
VctrBnsn
said at 5:35 PM on Sun Feb 24 2013
 6 Shout Outs!
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.
SupremeTarantulas
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
 1 Shout Out!
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
 1 Shout Out!
Clancy Brown is awesome as Luthor. I also liked Mark Rolston alt too.
Edork42
said at 2:52 PM on Thu Oct 25 2012
 1 Shout Out!
Mr. Big played Lex Luthor O_o!
Anyway, I'm tied between Mark and Clancy for my favorite Lex.
shadowvegeta
said at 8:19 PM on Sun May 20 2012
 2 Shout Outs!
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
 4 Shout Outs!
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
 2 Shout Outs!
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
 3 Shout Outs!
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 Shout Out!
1. clancy Brown
2. Anthony LaPagila
3. Mark Rolston
4. Kevin michael Richardson
SupremeTarantulas
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!
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.
Jackson_H (Admin)
said at 9:36 AM on Wed Dec 2 2009
 1 Shout Out!
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. :)
dtemplar
said at 2:00 PM on Tue Nov 10 2009
 2 Shout Outs!
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
 1 Shout Out!
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 :)
Foxwolf (Admin)
said at 8:52 PM on Sun Apr 5 2009
 1 Shout Out!
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.
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Who do you think has been the best from these Lex Luthor voice actors?
Clancy Brown
Powers Boothe
James Marsters
Joe J Thomas
Stan Jones
Michael Bell
Kevin Spacey
Brian Dobson
Jackson Beck
Chris Noth
Jim Meskimen
Anthony LaPaglia
Kevin Michael Richardson
Mark Rolston
J.S. Gilbert
Steve Blum
Fred Tatasciore
Kerry Shale
John DiMaggio
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