Jon Cryer Becomes An Iconic DC Comics Villain

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Two and A Half Villains


Former star of Two and a Half Men, Jon Cryer steps into the role of Lex Luthor on Supergirl. Cryer’s casting found its way to the public in November 2018, but the first official image of the actor in character hit the web this week.

Supergirl’s Luthor Legacy

Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor. Image Courtesy of CW
Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor. Image Courtesy of CW

The Luthor family is integral to the main storylines of Supergirl. The show introduced Lena Luthor in its season two premiere. From there, she became a series regular in the third season. Over the course of her story, she’s re-branded Luthor Corp as L-Corp, squared off against her mother, and aided Supergirl on several occasions. However, with a famous name like Luthor, it was only a matter of time before her (in)famous brother made an appearance on the show.

Lex Luthor’s official Supergirl debut airs March 17, 2019. Appropriately, the episode title is “O Brother, Where Are Thou?” and finds Lex reaching out to his sister for help. Of course, by “reaching out” we mean “blackmailing and using one of her friends as leverage.” Lex’s presence looms large in Lena’s life even though he hasn’t featured directly on the show until now. He hired an assassin to kill her after she took over L-Corp.

Jon Cryer As An Evil Mastermind

Naturally, the character of Lex Luthor requires a performance that embodies peak mental performance and an intimidating demeanour. So, the folks behind Supergirl reached out to….Duckie from Sixteen Candles. Yes, Jon Cryer, one of the men in Two and a Half Men, will fill out Lex Luthor’s prison blues and manipulate Lena’s will. The actor found his way to the part in November 2018, but the first official look at Lex landed online this week. Take a look below!

Jon Cryer is a veteran character actor and works consistently in many different roles. But, it’s hard to take him seriously as a threat to anybody. Although, maybe his unassuming nature lures viewers into a false sense of security. Regardless, Supergirl’s executive producers call Cryer “the best Lex Luthor ever.” He certainly has large, Michael Rosenbaum shaped shoes to fill. Hopefully, this incarnation of Luthor doesn’t go the Jesse Eisenberg route.  Find out what Jon Cryer’s Lex Luthor has in store for National City on March 17th, 2019.


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MJ Smith makes his home in California, and when not listening to Hamilton, podcasts and writes about pop culture on the internet. He loves board games, Swamp Thing, and The Wachowski's SPEED RACER.

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