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I’m not just the leader of my world’s Justice League, I’m it’s only surviving member.

Well after the rather poor turnout for my Transformers proposals, I have decided to do a DC candidate instead. This is not a joke and after seeing this movie for the 5th time, I believe he qualifies. Without further ado, let’s discuss Lex Luthor himself.

What's The Work

Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths is a 2010 science fiction movie based on DC comics. It tells of an alternate mirror universe where this character steals “the quantum trigger” from the evil counterparts of the Justice League known as the Crime Syndicate to stop them from destroying the world. He then goes to our universe to recruit the Justice League to help him stop the Crime Syndicate from good and save not just his Earth but the entire multiverse from the evil counterpart of Batman, Owlman.

Who is He/What Has He Done?

Lex Luthor is the deuteragonist of the movie. He was the leader and the last survivor of his world’s Justice League who stole the Quantum trigger from the Crime Syndicate of America and traveled to the main Earth to recruit the main universe Justice League to stop them. He is the archenemy of the CS leader Ultraman and the best friend of the late Jester.

Admirable Standard

Now an important point to note here is that this movie is not in the same universe/continuity as the DCAU or DC Animated Film Universe and it is just a standalone film so the admirable standards of those two don’t apply. Therefore, I believe Lex qualifies for his heroic actions which include:

  • Formed and led his universe’s Justice League for years, protecting his world from numerous threats.
  • Broke into the Crime Syndicate headquarters and stole the Quantum trigger from them to stop them from using it to detonate it to destroy Earth.
  • Tried to convince the Jester not to sacrifice himself as he believed they could both make it.
  • Traveled to the main Earth to convince and recruit the Justice League to help him.
  • Hid the quantum trigger on the Watchtower since it couldn't be destroyed in case to protect it from the Crime Syndicate.
  • Defeated the evil version of Gypsy during the battle between the JL and CS.
  • Saved Superman from Uncle Super with the help of Wonder Woman and formed a plan to rescue the others.
  • Took the Justice League to the Jester and presumably his old JL hideout to regroup and plan their next attack on the Justice League as the last safe place on Earth from the CS.
  • Defeated Ultraman to show his Earth’s people that they can stand up to the Crime Syndicate. He handed Ultraman and Jimmy Olsen to the police.
  • Revealed to the Justice League that he hid the quantum trigger in the Watchtower because it couldn't be destroyed and it was the detonator for the QED that would destroy his world (and even the entire multiverse).
  • Hacked into the QED base on the Moon so he and the Justice League could face the Crime Syndicate for the final time.
  • Came up with a plan to allow either Flash or Johnny Quick (the latter chose to do it) to vibrate fast enough to open a portal to Earth-Prime so Batman could go in and stop Owlman from destroying the multiverse.
  • Stopped Flash from going into the portal as without the portal device Batman had, the portal would tear him apart.
  • Got disgusted by Ultraman’s lack of care for the death of his own comrade Johnny Quick.
  • Came along with the President to thank the Justice League for saving their world.

Corrupting Factors

Now he is currently under the Arrogant category for...some reason. Trust me as someone who has watched this movie several times I cannot find any example of Lex being arrogant at all. The closest would be when the Justice League agrees to help him and Superman tells him he better have a plan and he says he does of course. However, this isn’t even close to arrogance as he was just assuring Superman he wouldn't come to another universe without a plan. In fact, Luthor apologizes numerous times for very trivial things like the minor side effects caused by the portal trigger or when he disagrees with the President and calls him out for rolling over for the syndicate. He is the most willing to admit his faults and retreat from the syndicate when he/Justice League are clear outnumbered and losing, all traits the opposite of arrogance so in summary that category is completely inaccurate and false.

Final Verdict

He qualifies. He was the one who initiated the plot of the movie by stealing the quantum trigger from the Crime Syndicate to save Earth and traveled to another Earth to recruit the Justice League. He protected his own Earth for years as the leader of his Justice League, defeated Ultraman in the present to successfully inspire his Earth’s people to stand up to the Syndicate. Best of all, he came up with the plan to stop Owlman from destroying the multiverse by having Johnny Quick vibrate into a portal so Batman could stop Owlman for good and mourned Johnny Quick’s death and got disgusted by Ultraman’s callous dismissal of his own teammates death. Without him, the events of the film would have never happened and Owlman would have successfully betrayed the Crime Syndicate and destroyed the multiverse.

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