Two and a Half Men alum Jon Cryer will play super villain Lex Luthor on The CW's Supergirl, Variety confirmed today. Cryer makes his DC debut in the 15th episode of the current fourth season, which will air its sixth episode, "Call to Action," this Sunday evening.
Cryer is the latest in a long line of Luthors that have been played by the likes of Gene Hackman, Kevin Spacey, Rainn Wilson, Michael Rosenbaum, Clancy Brown, and even Jesse Eisenberg. Many were not happy with Eisenberg’s casting in the DCEU (decided on by Zack Snyder) as the megalomaniacal super villain and they may very well have a problem with Cryer, given his comedic track record that dates all the way back to 1984’s No Small Affair.
Despite his more humurous roles over the years, Cryer definitely fits the character description (he's rocked the bald look lately) and can boast of two Primetime Emmy wins for his work on Two and a Half Men with co-stars Charlie Sheen and Angus T. Jones. The man is by no means a bad actor, and it's always interesting to see what a fresh face can bring to the role of the multi-faceted bad guy. Lastly, Cryer has a history with the character, however, having portrayed Luthor's nephew, Lenny, in 1987's Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.
Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster around the same time as Superman, Luthor has been the Man of Steel's most famous adversary for over 70 years, but he's also incurred the ire of other heroes like Batman. Incredibly smart and wealthy, Lex holds a special resenment for Superman out of jealously, hubris, and arrogance.
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