Supergirl season 4 has just delivered some big Lex Luthor casting news — and rest assured, we’re very much excited about it.
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The CW announced today that former Two and a Half Men / Pretty in Pink star Jon Cryer is set to recur starting in the second half of this season as the infamous Superman villain, who has been portrayed over the years by such people as Jesse Eisenberg and Michael Rosenbaum. Here, we’ve already gotten to know the Luthor family through the lens of his adopted sister Lena, someone who has shown herself to be a friend of Kara and a sometimes-ally of Supergirl’s. While there are at times questions about her intentions, her actions by and large speak louder than words — she’s been a hero for most of the series and the polar opposite of her brother.
In a statement confirming the casting news of Cryer, check out what show executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller had to say in a statement:
“We are enormous fans of Jon Cryer, and he was instantly our dream actor to play the iconic role of Lex Luthor … 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.”
We imagine that the appeal for Cryer goes a little something like this: Why not come on board in order to play one of the most-iconic villains in comic-book history? There are only a few roles out there this notable and there’s such a legacy behind it. Also, we feel like Cryer would have a lot of fun playing someone this evil, especially since for most of the career he’s been either the good guy or the comic relief.
Following Jon’s lengthy stint as Alan Harper on Two and a Half Men, he has made multiple appearances as Dr. Cyril Taft on NCIS and also The Great Indoors and Will & Grace. We’ll see how many episodes he ends up appearing in here, but we don’t think that Supergirl casts Cryer unless they have some big plans for him to have his presence felt over the course of the entire series.
New episodes of Supergirl are going to continue airing Monday nights on The CW — there are some exciting storylines coming up all across the board, whether they involve to some degree the Agent Liberty storyline or what could be happening with the upcoming Elseworlds crossover. That will feature Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane for the first time.
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