Originally Posted by ThePowerCosmic
He doesn't feel inferior. He feels that he is superior to Superman, and he wants to entire world to know it. That's why he goes out of his way doing what he does. Lex has always hated Superman, I can't recall a version that didn't. His hatred for the MoS is in his character... He really wants to kill this guy, and he'll go all out to do it.
Lex has a number of complex's [is that how you say it? lol]
The defence mechanism kicks in, he has a superiority complex. He needs to prove it constantly, because he does feel inferior to Superman. Otherwise he wouldn't keep trying and would be content with life.
He also has the edifice complex, like many rich people. The need to create buildings that suit is own taste in architecture, that makes him feel empowered.
He feels the need to leave his mark on the world, a huge one at that. Perhaps because he felt inferior in his youth?
And finally, how about Karl Urban as Lex?