One of the most iconic elements of Lex Luthor is his power suit. Utilized across various media, it's given the typically cerebal villain the kind of power he needs to go head to head with someone as powerful as Superman. The design of the suit has evolved over the years, keeping certain elements while each revision finds its own way to stand out.
With the arrival of Lex Luthor on Supergirl and his power suit having already been introduced in the show, it's only a matter of time before audiences get the chance to see the latest take on the suit. Let's take a look back at some of the most famous versions of the suit and how it has evolved over the decades.
While Lex had been wearing his classic purple and green costume since the 1970's, the Pre-Crisis version of Lex didn't gain his first real power suit until Action Comics #544 by Cary Bates, Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson.
Designed on the planet of Lexor, Lex ended up destroying the idyllic planet by accident during a battle with Superman. While this specific suit would be replaced in the Post-Crisis continuity, the general design and look of the suit has informed almost all future versions.
Lex has worn a number of suits since Crisis on Infinite Earths rebooted DC continuity, but the most devastating one may be the one from Apokolips. Given as a gift from Darkseid, the suit was introduced during the course of the first arc of Superman/Batman, "Public Enemies."
Lex wore this suit for years until he eventually moved to a sleeker looking model when he took over as the main character of Action Comics during the Paul Cornell run on the series. This was the suit Lex wore until the events of Flashpoint rebooted the universe again.
The New And Improved Superman
Following the events of Forever Evil, Lex Luthor reevaluated his place in the world and the kind of effect his actions were having on the world. This led to him blackmailing Batman into allowing him to join the Justice League, despite the overt fears of his fellow heroes.
When the New 52 version of Superman died, Lex even took on his name in an attempt to honor his fallen rival. Essentially operating as a suped-up version of the Steel armor, it made Lex a genuine powerhouse who could even attempt to take over Apokolips. But after returning to his evil intentions, he again started rocking a more classically inspired green and purple suit.