Jon Cryer Joins "Supergirl" as Lex Luthor

Lawrence Kim
November 17, 2018

Jon Cryer's bald 'do ought to come in handy for his newest role.

TVLine reports that Emmy Award-winning actor Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men) has signed on for a recurring role as the iconic DC villain Lex Luthor in The CW's Supergirl for its fourth season.

That was way back in 1987 when he portrayed Lennie Luthor, nephew of Lex in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. In fact, that's at least one of the reasons he was cast in the new role. Executive producers Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller says the casting is a dream come true.

Supergirl has already introduced several members of the Luthor family into the fold, including his mother Lillian (played by Brenda Strong) and sister Lena (played by Katie McGrath), the latter of whom is expected to go "toe to toe" with her estranged brother upon his arrival in National City, according to Rovner and Queller. It's now unclear how Lex will figure into the narrative, but odds are he'll play a part in this season's exploration of xenophobia.

Cryer joins Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, Jesse Eisenberg and Michael Rosenbaum among the ranks of actors who have played Luthor. This isn't his first brush with the DC Comics universe, however, since he's also voiced Felix Faust in animated form in Justice League Action.

In addition to Superman IV and Two and a Half Men, Cryer's screen credits include the John Hughes cult classic Pretty in Pink and a recent guest appearance on Will & Grace.

This has definitely been an wonderful season for Supergirl, especially after making a huge step forward for representation in entertainment by adding the very first transgender superhero on TV - Dreamer, played by Nicole Maines, who, even better, is actually trans in real life!

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