Yesterday, the big Supergirl news came out and officially rocked most of the internet — Jon Cryer is going to be playing the part of Lex Luthor on season 4. This is not something that anyone could have predicted, in part because the former Two and a Half Men star seemed to be such an out-of-left-field choice and not someone who seemed outside the typical pool of actors that The CW usually looks at for their shows.
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Yet, we do understand the choice with one thing in mind: The role had to be exciting for Cryer himself, given that he’s been put into more lighthearted, comedic roles over the years. The idea of being able to play someone a little more ruthless and cruel had to appeal to him. While we don’t know precisely what the Supergirl version of Lex Luthor is going to look like, more than likely there are going to be a few similarities to both the comic-book counterpart and other versions that we have seen over time.
While we are fairly bullish on Cryer as Luthor based on his overall body of work, it does feel safe to declare that not everyone on the internet feels the exact same way as we do on this. Cryer himself seems to be aware of this, but also seems to be very much honored about how much attention the role has received in the first place. For a little bit more information on that, take a look at what Jon had to say in a post on Twitter at the bottom of this article. It’s a humorous reminder that the Jon we know is very different from the Lex that we’re going to see.
You will have a chance to first see Lex in the second half of this season, in particular as you start to near the end of it. While we don’t want to say that he’s the Big Bad by any means (it’s far too early to say that, plus Agent Liberty is still around), it does feel clear that he has an important role to play. We personally don’t think Cryer would have been cast if this was meant to be a small role; there are obviously some huge plans that the producers have for this character within the frame of the story that they are trying to tell.
What do you think about Cryer’s response to this casting? Do you think that this version of Lex could end up surprising? Be sure to share right now in the attached comments below! (Photo: The CW.)