Last month it was confirmed that Lex Luthor is set to make his Supergirl debut this season, and now comes word from THR that The CW has cast the Man of Steel’s arch-nemesis for the superhero series.
The trade reports that Emmy-winning Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer is set to take on the role of the iconic DC villain in the series, and will make his debut in the fifteenth episode of the current fourth season. Cryer has previously portrayed Lex Luthor’s nephew Lenny Luthor in the 1987 film Superman IV: The Quest for Peace opposite Christopher Reeve.
“We are enormous fans of Jon Cryer, and he was instantly our dream actor to play the iconic role of Lex Luthor,” said Supergirl executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller said in a statement Friday. “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.”
The character of Lex Luthor was last seen on the small screen in Smallville, where he was played by Michael Rosenbaum. He is currently portrayed in the DC Extended Universe by Jesse Eisenberg, who starred in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice as well as cameoing in Justice League.
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Supergirl season 4 airs on Sundays on The CW.