Tonight, former Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer makes his debut as the iconic supervillain Lex Luthor in The CW’s Supergirl. This isn’t Cryer’s first DC rodeo however, as he also portrayed the character of Lenny Luthor, Lex’s nephew, in 1987’s widely panned Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
“Part of the reason I did Superman IV was because [Superman] changed my life,” states Cryer. “I was like 14-years-old and [Superman’s] tagline was, ‘You will believe a man can fly,’ and boy, I bought it! I totally bought it. Superman IV had really high hopes, but unfortunately, it was very disappointing for people and that had always sort of hurt me in a very 14-year-old boy way. And so I thought, you know, this is my chance to do it right.”
“I had a certain amount of familiarity [with Supergirl],” he continues. “I was very excited about working with Katie McGrath and I love the whole story that they’ve set up for this season. Yeah, I felt like Lenny [was] a branch on the family tree that fell off pretty early and was rotting on the ground basically for a long while…So I feel like this was my chance to sort of reclaim it and do it a little more justice, or injustice, as it were.”
Cryer’s Luthor will make his first appearance in tonight’s episode ‘O Brother, Where Art Thou?’, and you can take a look at two promos for the episode here.
Supergirl season 4 airs on Sundays on The CW.