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Cartoon Luthor was meant to be based on Telly Savalas’ Blofeld. Telly’s natural Greek tan was why Luthor was darker than the other characters.

If I remember correctly, everyone was supposed to receive a standard skin tone, just like everyone received a standard body type- like how all of the women in Justice League have a similar body and different hair. But someone added too much red, and everyone came out much darker.

You can see here that Luthor and Superman both have the same skin tone:
http://worldsfinestonline.com/WF/superman/reviews/alittlepieceofhome/17.jpg
Also here:
http://worldsfinestonline.com/WF/superman/reviews/alittlepieceofhome/Pan12.jpg
And here we see a bunch of background characters with similar skin tone:
http://worldsfinestonline.com/WF/superman/reviews/alittlepieceofhome/Pan04.jpg

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On Deadpool, I got away from reading comics in general about the time they handed him over to Daniel Way. Which I count as a blessing. Never could get into Way’ s writing, and thought “well, there goes that character…” Now I see that Deadpool is showing up every where, and I’m kind of glad I jumped ship when I did. He shouldn’t ever be a mainstream character. It’s cool for him to have a huge fan base, because he is a great character, but he shouldn’t be a member of the core books,in my opinion.

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Tim O'Neil said on July 28th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

A minor point – Deadpool wasn’t just a fallow field until Kelly found him. There were two Deadpool minis in the early 90s, one written by Nicieza and one by Mark Waid (!) that took a character who had up to then been more or less a complete cipher and gave him most of the attributes he still has today – his tragic backstory, his desire to be a hero, a few villains, his “best friend” Weasel. The Kelly series started a couple years after the Waid series and picked up where the last book left off.

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I think I’d try to do Luthor as the protagonist of a classic Shakespearean tragedy: a wealthy, powerful man who struggles against his own arrogance and spitefulness, but ultimately succumbs. Superman wouldn’t even be really part of the story, he’d just be there to make Luthor’s downfall official and pick up the pieces.

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socraticsilence said on July 28th, 2013 at 11:52 pm

Noble Bad Ass Idris Elba vs. A Superman who is the last member of a race that just killed millions during which he didn’t show much concern for collateral damage? I mean I love the Noble Luthor driven by mad by paranoia to defend humanity and all but isn’t that stacking the deck a bit?

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Aussiesmurf said on July 29th, 2013 at 3:19 am

I should answer my own question regarding the best in-continuity stories :

1. Batman – Blind Justice
2. Superman – For The Man Who Has Everything
3. Spider-Man – Maybe Next Year.

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Anonymous said on July 29th, 2013 at 10:53 am

You want a black Lex Luthor?

Morgan Freeman is too old, Elba lacks range and is “token black man for nerd picks”, Jackson is already Fury (and while he has the acting chops to maybe pull it off, the audience won’t go for it).

My pick would be Andre Braugher (“the black guy in the Mist” for a nerd shorthand). He’s got the range (really, he does) and could pull off the role of “asshole who stands up to a god out of sheer arrogance” really well. The only downside I see is that he may be too old to really convey Luthor. Although that could play into the whole idea of “mortal man versus immortal alien” a bit.

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Brian T. said on July 29th, 2013 at 12:00 pm

Andre Braugher. Interesting. He was awesome in “Last Resort”, if anybody beside me watched that show.

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Brian T., there must’ve been enough of us for it to get a season.

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dogheart said on July 29th, 2013 at 3:25 pm

I could have sworn Luthor was Black in the animated series. But then, River Song reads as a WoC to me half the time, so obviously YMMV.

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(Also, I would be terrified of writing Superman. I have no idea how people summon the hubris to write it.)

You couldn’t do worse than Steven T. Seagle, who wrote an entire graphic novel about how intimidated he was to write Superman, and then went on to write some of the worst Superman comics ever, which were so hated that the entire sequence was erased from continuity the moment it was completed.

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