Supergirl has another Luthor. Lex Luthor. To be played by Jon Cryer, the former Lenny Luthor.
Cryer will debut as the iconic villain in the fifteenth episode of this season of Supergirl on The CW, which now airs on Sunday nights leading into the Charmed reboot.
Series executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller said in a joint statement Friday that they are thrilled to have Cryer on the show. The role will be Cryer’s return to series television since Two and a Half Men, for which he won two Primetime Emmy Awards.
“We are enormous fans of Jon Cryer, and he was instantly our dream actor to play the iconic role of Lex Luthor,” Rovner and Queller said. “Jon is a super-talent, and the fact that he played Lenny Luthor in Superman IV brings an added layer of legacy to his casting. We’re beyond thrilled to welcome Jon to the Supergirl family.”
Yes, Cryer has had run-ins with Kryptonians before, as he played Lenny Luthor, the nephew of Gene Hackman’s Lex, in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, which was the last film to feature Christopher Reeve as Superman. And according to Rovner and Queller, the plan to bring Luthor to National City has been in the works for some time.
“We’ve talked about having Lex on the show since its inception and we’re excited to have him finally arrive. We can’t wait for him to shake things up in National City and watch him go toe-to-toe with not only Supergirl, but his sister, Lena Luthor,” they said.
Cryer took to Twitter to share his excitement:
I am way too excited about this. https://t.co/9EIWokSyZp
— Jon Cryer (@MrJonCryer) November 16, 2018
Supergirl is currently in its fourth season. The sixth episode, “Call to Action”, will air this Sunday.