|Bio: With the aid of a device that stops the spread of his kryptonite
induced cancer for "another thirty years, or another thirty
days; for all I know, it might only be another thirty minutes,
however fate plays her hand. I want my remaining time to have
meaning, to make a positive difference in the world."
Though these words were said with honesty, one can never be too
sure of Luthor's true intentions. When he was confronted with a
quick death at the hands of Amazo, Luthor talked about where his
name would be in two generations: gone. No matter how much good
he can or would do, he would still be forgotten, as there is no
way to win against time.
Now running for President of the United States, Lex Luthor is
funding the Cadmus project in order to protect the world against
the Justice League, should they turn against it.
In an attempt to give the Justice League some "bad press",
Luthor staged the opening of his new donation "Lexor City" to
easily dupe Superman into humiliating himself by jumping to
conclusions. Superman overhears Luthor and Mercy about something
"ready to go off", and upon immediately scanning the area,
Superman finds a lead-shielded "bomb." In reality this "bomb"
was the power source for the city. After getting in a tussle
with Captain Marvel over the bomb (destroying half of Lexor City
in the process), Superman eventually disables the bomb, but it
turns out to be exactly what Luthor said it was. In the end,
Luthor accomplished what he set out to do: humiliate Superman.
After a battle with Amanda Wahler and the Justice League, Lex
Luthor's true self was revealed: Brainiac.
After realising that both his own mind and Brainiac lived inside
him, which cured him of his Kryptonite induced cancer and gave
him miraculous super strength, Lex made a deal with the
Kryptonian robot, to live beyond his search for all data. Lex
showed Brainiac the Dark Heart, a nanotech organism with the
ability to absorb any substance and change it into whatever it
chooses. The two of them used this technology to completely
merge into one being with 2 minds.
Attempting to create a machine that will give them every ounce
of data they need from earth, they were stopped by the Justice
League, despite creating Justice Lord duplicates to fend them
off. Their efforts proved futile, after Wonder Woman threw the
Javelin into the machine, and Flash tapped into the speed force
and completely separated Brainiac from Luthor, leaving Lex human
Lex Luthor later escaped from jail a few months after his separation
from Brainiac. Despite this “separation”, a bit of Brainiac still lives
within Luthor; whether it’s really Brainiac or simply a delusional state
Luthor is in remains to be seen.
With Grodd’s help, Luthor escaped prison and joined a Legion of
supervillains. Luthor stayed on board only because of Grodd's possession
of a piece of Brainiac, who Luthor hopes to rebuild.
Luthor assumed control of the Legion once Grodd's plan to turn all of
Earth into apes. Finding his plans utterly rediculous, Luthor stood up
and shot Grodd during a meeting of the Legion and took control, with not
a single Legion member's objection.
During an incident trying to extract information from Grodd's mind, Dr.
Fate was trying to tap into Grodd's mind at the same time via The Flash.
Luthor and Flash switched minds for a short time before being reversed
back by Dr. Fate. Luthor learned nothing from his time on the
Watchtower, nor did Wally about the location of the Legion's hideout.
Luthor was never successful in finding how to unleash Brainiac until
Tala found a vision inside the piece Grodd had. Projecting this vision
to Lex, Tala was able to recreate Brainiac's last minutes and by this
vision Luthor was able to plot a course to it. Traveling through space,
Luthor found Brainiac's resting place, but instead of resurrecting
Brainiac like he intended, Luthor brought back a pissed off Darkseid,
bonded with small remnants of Brainiac.
Knowing that Darkseid would undoubtedly destroy Earth, Luthor and the
Legion returned and offered their help to the Justice League in order to
help stop this massive invasion. Lex knew that this wouldn't be enough,
Luthor saw that Metron was watching over all of this and demanded that
Metron give him an explanation on how to stop it. Faced with giving him
what he wanted or facing down the end of Luthor's gun, Metron took Lex
to where he needed to go: the Source Wall. Here, Luthor discovered what
he needed to know to destroy Darkseid.
Returning to Earth after a brief pause to get his "power suit" (aka his
business suit), Luthor gave Darkseid the Anti-Life Equation. The two
enveloped in a swirl of colors, but it is unknown whether both died or
simply moved onto another stage in their lives.
For more on Lex Luthor, check out his
Justice League Bio.