LexCorp

Lexcorp (originally styled as LexCorp or LuthorCorp) is a fictional company appearing in American comic book published by DC Comics. Owned by Lex Luthor, the company is based in Metropolis and its headquarter is LexCorp Tower.

LexCorp
LexCorp Tower
LexCorp Tower in JLA #83 (Sept. 2003)
Art by Christopher Williams
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceSuperman vol. 1 #416 (Feb. 1986) (Mentioned)
Superman vol. 2 #2 (Feb. 1987) (First appearance of LexCorp Tower)
Created byElliot S. Maggin
In-story information
Type of businessConglomerate
Base(s)Daily Planet Building (formerly)
LexCorp Tower, Metropolis (currently)
Owner(s)Lex Luthor
Employee(s)

History

The establishment of LexCorp by Lex Luthor is a stark departure from earlier portrayals of the company's founder, transitioning the character from a warlord and would-be dictator into a power-mad business magnate. LexCorp was founded primarily to serve as a front to Lex Luthor's criminal enterprise while simultaneously being a symbol of Luthor's victory over Superman, as Luthor values defeating the Superman over financial gain (illustrated by abandoning a hollow victory after plundering Fort Knox).[1] Luthor intends to convert LexCorp into a legitimate operation after his retirement from crime, and in the future it is shown being a highly successful non-criminal enterprise, to Superman's pleasure.[2]

Organization and growth

LexCorp was originally organized as an aerospace engineering firm started in the top floor offices of the Daily Planet building in Metropolis, and has since become one of the world's largest, most diversified multinational conglomerates.

The company grew by acquisition, starting with struggling airlines "Inter-Continental Airlines" and "Atlantic Coast Air Systems", renaming them to "LexAir". When rising profits were threatened by fuel shortages, LexCorp bought out Southwestern Petroleum and renamed it "LexOil". This pattern of acquisition continued to include the Daily Planet and several Metropolis businesses before LexCorp sold the unprofitable Daily Planet and its building to TransNational Enterprises, establishing an L-shaped 96-story high-rise as its new headquarters.

LexCorp grew rapidly into a diverse international conglomerate with interests in utilities, waste management, industrial manufacturing, computer hardware and software, chemicals, retail, bio-engineering, weapons, pharmaceuticals, oil, communications, airlines, real estate, hotels, restaurants, technology, media, financial services, robotics, security, transportation, satellites, stock brokerage houses, cash businesses, and food. By the timeframe of the Alliance Invasion it was estimated that LexCorp either directly or indirectly employed nearly two-thirds of Metropolis' population of 11 million people, dominating commerce around much of the world. Among those many subsidiaries are such diverse businesses as Advanced Research Laboratories, Secur-Corp Armored Car Service, North American Robotics, Hell's Gate Disposal Services, and the Good Foods Group, owners of Ralli's Family Restaurants and the Koul-Brau Breweries. LexCorp's major subsidiary companies include LexComp, LexChemical, LexEl Investments, LexMart, LexComm, FedLex, LexOil, LexAir, and TelLex.[3]

When CEO Lex Luthor was elected President of the United States, Talia al Ghul took over the company, who donated a large portion of its profits to the Wayne Foundation during Superman and Batman's year-long absences.[4] Following his dismissal as president he fired her and took back his place, though she secretly kept a portion of stock.

Competitors include Wayne Enterprises, Kord Enterprises, Queen Industries and S.T.A.R. Labs. LexCorp provides sponsorship to the superhero team The Conglomerate along with American Steel, Dante Foods, Dupree Chemical, Ferris Aircraft, S.T.A.R. Labs, Ovel Oil, Pax Entertainment, and Stagg Enterprises.[5]

Decline

Following Luthor's public acquittal from criminal charges Lana Lang became LexCorp's new CEO[6] and LexCorp began its decline.[7] Lana Lang was dismissed from her post due to a contractual clause in all LexCorp employment charters forbidding aiding Superman in any way, after she attempted to use a LexCorp security unit to aid Superman in a battle against Atlas.[8]

A year after the events of Infinite Crisis, Lex Luthor had been stripped of his wealth and assets; LexCorp was dissolved and sold off to several competitors, most notably to Wayne Enterprises.

Thunder Corporation

Lex Luthor secretly owns the powerful and legitimate Thunder Corporation which he controls through a false identity,[9] maintaining the illusion of the chairman/principal stockholder "Lucius D. Tommytown" through fake magazine articles and actors because he thought himself too honest to be anything but a criminal. The Thunder Corporation headquarters "Zephrymore Building" fronts Lex Luthor's criminal operations and penthouse.

In other media

Television

  • LexCorp is depicted in the Ruby-Spears Superman cartoons.
  • LexCorp appears in the Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman television series.
  • LexCorp has been shown in episodes of Superman: The Animated Series and Justice League.
  • The major conglomerate featured regularly on Smallville is LuthorCorp, an agricultural conglomerate which was founded by Lionel Luthor. Following Lionel's incarceration in the fourth season, LuthorCorp comes under Lex's control and gradually turns into a corporation with several subsidiaries and divisions. In the series finale, the LuthorCorp tower is damaged by several explosions which disfigure the corporate logo on the side of the building, with the scarred remains spelling out "LexCorp".
  • In the cartoon Krypto the Superdog, LexCorp is shown to be the home of Luthor's pet lizard Ignatius.
  • In The Batman, LexCorp is shown in the two part episode "The Superman/Batman Story."
  • The Flash co-creator Andrew Kreisberg revealed that LexCorp was going to appear in the pilot episode as an Easter egg but was cut.[10]
  • In season 2 of Supergirl, LexCorp appears under the name "Luthor Corp". Lex Luthor's sister Lena takes over the company after Lex's imprisonment and renames it to "L-Corp" to distance the company from her brother's reputation. This also makes her the target of assassin John Corben, whom Lex hires to assassinate her.[11][12]
  • In the third episode of Powerless, the team of Wayne Security loses their contract with Ace Chemicals due to their own CEO's incompetence. The CEO of Ace Chemicals decides to go with LexCorp instead.

Film

  • LexCorp is shown in the animated film Justice League: The New Frontier, where it is referred to as "LexCo."
  • LexCorp is mentioned in a piece of scrolling text in one of the web pages for The Dark Knight's viral marketing.
  • LexCorp's logo can be seen during the beginning of the DVD feature Superman/Batman: Public Enemies. It also marked on Lex Luthor's armor as well.
  • Vandal Savage hired LexCorp to make a device that could steal information (in a discussion with Mirror Master) from the Batcomputer in Justice League: Doom.
  • In the 2013 film Man of Steel, LexCorp is shown both on the skyline of Metropolis and on several trucks that appear throughout the film. LexCorp appears in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • LexCorp is mentioned briefly in Son of Batman when Bruce Wayne is discussing corporation business.
  • In Justice League: War an oil tanker is seen with the LexCorp logo during a battle between Superman, Batman, and Green Lantern. During the fight the tanker is blown up.

Video games

  • In Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe, the background of LexCorp is seen when players fight in Metropolis.
  • LexCorp appears in DC Universe Online. LexCorp Tower is located in Downtown Metropolis. The soldiers of LexCorp consist of Lexcorp Shock Troopers, Lexcorp Heavy Troopers, Lexcorp Security Guards, Lexcorp Enforcers, and Lexcorp Gladiators.
  • LexCorp appears in Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. In this adaptation, LexCorp is featured as the main area for the level Research and Development. In addition, robots called LexBots are frequent enemies in the game as well as playable characters. "LexCorp Security" and "LexCorp Heavy" are also two minor playable characters in the handheld versions of the game.
  • LexCorp is referenced in Batman: Arkham Origins. In Penguin's office, there list of companies including LexCorp. Two of LexCorp subsidiaries, Big Belly Burger and Koul-Brau Breweries, appear in the game.
  • In Batman: Arkham Knight, numerous buildings and billboards with LexCorp on them are seen.
  • In Lego Dimensions, LexCorp is temporally seen in the game when Lord Sauron retrieves the Locate Keystone and uses it to plant his lair on top of the building.

See also

References

  1. ^ Action Comics 277
  2. ^ Superman #416
  3. ^ The Superman Files. Matthew K. Manning (trans.). p. 74.CS1 maint: others (link)
  4. ^ Superman #650
  5. ^ "Justice League Quarterly" #1 (Winter 1990)
  6. ^ Superman #654
  7. ^ Superman #663
  8. ^ Superman #679
  9. ^ Superman: Last Son of Krypton. Elliot S. Maggin.CS1 maint: others (link)
  10. ^ Radish, Christina (September 9, 2014). "Greg Berlanti, Andrew Kreisberg, Jesse L. Martin and Candice Patton Talk THE FLASH, Time Travel, Easter Eggs and More at PaleyFest 2014". Collider. Retrieved September 9, 2014.
  11. ^ http://tvline.com/2016/06/08/supergirl-season-2-lena-luthor-lex-sister-cast-spoilers/
  12. ^ http://tvline.com/2016/08/04/supergirl-katie-mcgrath-lena-luthor-cast-season-2-the-cw/
Arclight (DC Comics)

Arclight is a fictional supervillain character in DC Comics.

His first appearance was in Superman Volume 2, issue #99 (April 1995).

His name was originally Noah Pastenetti, and he did work for the Gotham Mafia as a "torch", i.e. a paid hireling who would burn buildings as a form of mob retribution, because of his preferred technique: a single arc of electricity between electrodes would set off his bombs into an inferno.

But he fell in love with a young reporter, Alicia Parker, and eventually she turned him into a secret informer and used the information he fed her for a hot exposé on the mob. Her book became an instant best seller, and Alica Parker reveled in all the attention.

Unfortunately during an interview on the Larry Prince Radio Show National Broadcast, Alicia inadvertently mentioned Noah Pasternetti's name.

The Gotham Mob, upon learning the truth, went after Pasternetti, eventually pulling him off the street, and taking him to a still unopened nuclear plant that they had intended to destroy anyway for insurance fraud purposes. When the bomb went off, however, Pasternetti did not die.

He was changed, his body slowly converting to energy. Lexcorp employees discovered his body amidst the debris and rushed him back to HQ, where Lex Luthor was able to "save" him, by placing his now living energy into a containment suit, but at a cost. Pasternetti no longer possessed sensory input.

Blaming Alicia Parker, and all reporters in general, he first went after them during a convention in Washington, D.C. where he was foiled by the efforts of Superman, Agent Liberty and Lois Lane.

Jimmy Olsen decided a couple of months later to try to flush Arclight out. He ran an ad announcing the contents of Alica Parker's safety deposit box would be opened on a given day. True to form, Arclight showed up to claim the box. Lucikly, Superman was nearby, and he engaged Arclight. Grabbing hold of Superman, Arclight explained how LexCorp had created his suit and harvested his condition. He also explained how his condition left him incapable of feeling any sensation at all. He burnt through his containment suit and merged his energy into Superman, who was knocked out by the exchange. Thankfully, Jimmy and the Newsboy Legion caught Superman in the Whiz Wagon and took him to S.T.A.R. Labs where Emil Hamilton was able to siphon off Arclight's energy into a containment chamber, believing that even in that form Arclight was still alive.[2]

Hamilton was eventually able to create a new suit suitable for Arclight to be transferred into so that he could stand trial.

Gizmo (DC Comics)

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Lana Lang

Lana Lang is a fictional supporting character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. She has appeared in other media adaptations of Superman, typically as a teenager. These portrayals include the Adventures of Superboy television series in which Stacy Haiduk played her, and the WB television series Smallville played by Kristin Kreuk. In Superman: The Movie Lana was played by Diane Sherry. In the 1983 film Superman III, she is played by Annette O'Toole, who would later portray Martha Kent on Smallville.

Lex Luthor

Alexander Joseph "Lex" Luthor () is a fictional supervillain appearing in publications by the publisher DC Comics. The character was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Lex Luthor is said to have first appeared in both / either Action Comics #23 (April 1940) and Superman #4 (Spring 1940)1 and has since endured as the archenemy of Superman.Originally introduced as a mad scientist whose schemes Superman would routinely foil, Lex's portrayal has evolved over the years and his characterisation has deepened. In contemporary stories, Lex is portrayed as a wealthy, power-mad American business magnate, ingenious engineer, philanthropist to the city of Metropolis, and one of the most intelligent people in the world. A well-known public figure, he is the owner of a conglomerate called LexCorp. He is intent on ridding the world of the alien Superman, whom Lex Luthor views as an obstacle to his plans and as a threat to the very existence of humanity. Given his high status as a supervillain, however, he has often come into conflict with Batman and other superheroes in the DC Universe.The character has traditionally lacked superpowers or a dual identity and typically appears with a bald head. He periodically wears his Warsuit, a high-tech battle suit giving him enhanced strength, flight, advanced weaponry, and other capabilities. The character was originally introduced as a diabolical recluse, but during the Modern Age, he was reimagined by writers as a devious, high-profile industrialist, who has crafted his public persona in order to avoid suspicion and arrest. He is well known for his philanthropy, donating vast sums of money to Metropolis over the years, funding parks, foundations, and charities.The character was ranked 4th on IGN's list of the Top 100 Comic Book Villains of All Time and as the 8th Greatest Villain by Wizard on its 100 Greatest Villains of All Time list. Luthor is one of a few genre-crossing villains whose adventures take place "in a world in which the ordinary laws of nature are slightly suspended". Scott James Wells, Sherman Howard, John Shea, Michael Rosenbaum, and Jon Cryer have portrayed the character in Superman-themed television series, while Lyle Talbot, Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, and Jesse Eisenberg have portrayed the character in major motion pictures. Clancy Brown, Powers Boothe, James Marsters, Chris Noth, Anthony LaPaglia, Steven Blum, Fred Tatasciore, Jason Isaacs, Kevin Michael Richardson, Mark Rolston, John DiMaggio, James Woods and Rainn Wilson, and others have provided the character's voice in animation adaptations.

Lex Luthor in other media

Lex Luthor is a fictional supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. As Superman's archenemy, he has been portrayed in almost every Superman media franchise and adaptation.Lex Luthor is a major character within the Superman mythos and has appeared in many of Superman's adaptations into other media. The character is typically depicted as a wealthy, power-mad American business magnate based in the city of Metropolis. His portrayal in feature films range from being a vain criminal interested in real estate development to that of a genius who heads a technology company called LexCorp.

List of areas, landmarks, institutions and businesses of Metropolis (comics)

Note that the numbering goes from northwest to southeast:Centennial Hotel - Offers world-class cuisine and an observation deck with views across Centennial Park.

Centennial Park - Activities in the wooded acres include horseback riding, boating, and golfing.

1938 Sullivan - Owned by Wayne Enterprises, Lois Lane and Clark Kent's apartment building is one of the city's oldest buildings.

University of Metropolis - Clark Kent's alma mater, this Ivy League institution boasts well-respected schools of journalism, law, and business.

S.T.A.R. Labs - The Metropolis arm of the privately owned scientific think-tank founded by Dr. Garrison Slate.

Steelworks - John Henry Irons' foundry in the Old Hook Basin district of Suicide Slum includes a variety of advanced technology to aid Superman.

Suicide Slum - Despite being razed and renovated by Brainiac 13, Suicide Slum, where Bibbo has his Ace O' Clubs bar, is still a sink of crime and poverty.

Special Crimes Unit Precinct - Metropolis' S.C.U's upgraded headquarters houses offices, armories, and holding cells.

Stryker's Island Penitentiary - The ultimate maximum security prison possesses high-tech detention facilities designed to accommodate the most powerful metahuman villains.

Union Station - Location in the heart of the city, Union Station links the national railroad network to Metropolis' unique "Rail Whale" commuter grid.

Metropolis City Hospital - The state-of-the-art medical center maintains a privileges-sharing program with S.T.A.R. Labs.

Jules Verne Extra-Terrestrial Museum - The museum exhibits artifacts from alien worlds and presents guest lectures by interplanetary heroes.

Lena Luthor Science Explorarium - Technological advances abound this interactive museum.

City Hall - The administrative center of Metropolis has mayoral, governmental, and emergency services offices.

S.A.I. Dam - Hydroelectric waterworks control the flow of the twin rivers and the recycling of the city reservoir.

Hypersector - The business and financial center of Metropolis.

Hotel Metropolis - Five-star luxury accommodation located amid the heart of Downtown.

Shuster Hall - Metropolis' premier theater has been in service since 1938.

GBS Building - The corporate hub of Galaxy Communications' media conglomerate.

Daily Planet Building - The home of the respected, globally circulated newspaper. The Daily Planet Building, with its distinctive hologram globe, is one of the city's most important landmarks.

Metropolis Museum of Art - Galleries include important historical and contemporary artistic works.

LexCorp Towers - Designed to form a double L, Lex Luthor's 307-story citadels (with robot sentries and mutable glass windows) are Metropolis tallest skyscraper.

List of government agencies in DC Comics

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Luminus (character)

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Mercy Graves

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Metropolis (comics)

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The co-creator and original artist of Superman, Joe Shuster, modeled the Metropolis skyline after Toronto, where he was born and lived until he was ten. Since then, however, the look and feel of Metropolis has been greatly influenced by New York City.Within the DC Universe, Metropolis is depicted as being one of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world, having a population of 11 million citizens.In addition to Superman, the city is also home to other superheroes, such as Booster Gold and Blue Beetle.

Superman/Aliens

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Supermen of America

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Talia al Ghul

Talia al Ghul (Arabic: تاليا الغول‎; TAH-liə al GOOL) is a fictional supporting character appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, commonly in association with Batman. The character was created by writer Dennis O'Neil and artist Bob Brown, and first appeared in Detective Comics #411 (May 1971). Talia is the daughter of the supervillain Ra's al Ghul, the grand-daughter of Sensei, the half-sister of Nyssa Raatko, on-and-off girlfriend/lover of the superhero Batman, and mother of twelve-year-old Damian Wayne (the fifth Robin). She has alternately been depicted as an anti-hero and ally to Batman at times.

Talia has appeared in over 500 individual comics issues, and has been featured in various media adaptions. The character was voiced by Helen Slater and Olivia Hussey in the DC Animated Universe, which became her first appearances in media other than comic books. The character was subsequently portrayed by Marion Cotillard in the 2012 film The Dark Knight Rises, and Lexa Doig in the television series Arrow.

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