Jon Cryer Cast As Infamous Lex Luthor

Voldemort and Harry Potter, Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader, Frodo Baggins and Sauron are all famous pairs of heroes and their villains. None might be as famous as Superman and Lex Luthor though. Just as everyone knows Clark Kent is Superman, you can just as easily ask who Superman's arch-enemy is and you'll get back Lex Luthor 100% of the time. As Supergirl did in season 2 for The Man of Steel, the show has decided to give a face to the infamous villain, Lex Luthor. Tapped to play the recurring part is the Emmy award-winning actor, Jon Cryer. Executive Producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller has this to say about the casting decision:

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.

As stated above, Supergirl continues to honor actors from past superhero movies and shows as Jon Cryer was actually Lenny Luthor, the nephew of Lex in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.

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Fans can mark their calendars for episode 415 where Lex will make his debut. Mr. Cryer’s photo courtesy of Matt Beard and Lex Luthor photo courtesy of DC Entertainment.

Let us know what you think of this casting choice in the comments below and in the forum! Just how will Lex make his debut? Keep us advertisement free and visit the support page!

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+4 #6 RE: Jon Cryer Cast As Infamous Lex LuthorLibertyPrime 2018-11-17 10:05
First post here. Hello, all!

One thing about the Arrowverse shows I love is that (to my mind), they have a great track record overall when casting--even when a choice is not a conventional one.

I'm sure Cryer has the acting chops, and I'm looking forward to seeing the show's take on my favorite diseased maniac.

But now I'm going to have to re-watch Superman IV just to see Lenny. :sigh:
+1 #5 RE: Jon Cryer Cast As Infamous Lex LuthorRomulus 2018-11-16 16:11
Welcome aboard, Jon! Do your character proud and enjoy the ride. 8)
+3 #4 RE: Jon Cryer Cast As Infamous Lex LuthorSully 2018-11-16 14:58
It's hard for me not to look at Jon Cryer and see Duckie or Alan Harper but, I have also seen him in a few serious roles, too, and he blew it out of the park. So, it will be interesting to see his work here. I do know that he's a very good actor and therefore, I don't think there should be any question about whether he can do the role justice.

My only concern is the age difference between him and Lena and even him and Lillian. I'm not sure exactly how that is going to mesh but, hopefully everything will come together.
+1 #3 RE: Jon Cryer Cast As Infamous Lex LuthorGene Steinberg 2018-11-16 13:07
Quoting Drholiday51:
I like it. He's a good actor. I'm also glad they're bringing Lex Luthor to the show.

And it appears from the recent photo in Variety that he doesn't have to shave his head. :)

#2 RE: Jon Cryer Cast As Infamous Lex Luthorkdogg87 2018-11-16 12:18
I honestly don't know how to feel about this. I'll have to wait to see him in the role.
#1 RE: Jon Cryer Cast As Infamous Lex LuthorDrholiday51 2018-11-16 12:06
I like it. He's a good actor. I'm also glad they're bringing Lex Luthor to the show.

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