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Lex Luthor is locked up in first look at Jon Cryer's CW version of famous Superman villain

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Jan 23, 2019, 3:16 PM EST (Updated)

Our first look at Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor on The CW's Supergirl is here — but don't worry, we're all safe for now.

The first image finds Lex staring menacingly out of a maximum security jail cell, his arms folded. He's probably already cooking up an ingenious way to escape and wreak mayhem on Metropolis or National City. Many were skeptical of Cryer's casting in such an iconic role since the actor is more known for comedy, but we've gotta say that we're a bit freaked out from Luthor's gaze and goatee.

Take a look below and tell us if Cryer isn't one intimidating SOB. He was destined to play this role ever since he played Lex's nephew, Lenny, in 1987's Superman IV: The Quest for Peace!

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Conceived by Superman creators, Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Luthor has been the Man of Steel's biggest (and most iconic) nemesis for more than seven decades. That's a long ass time for a comic book feud. Gifted with awesome brilliance (and cursed with just a tad of insanity), Lex wants to be loved by society for creating inventions that help improve peoples' lives. However, he resents how easy it is for Superman to gain the unyielding affection/approval of the public with very little effort.

Last week, Supergirl producer, Jessica Queller, promised that Cryer's interpretation of the flesh-and-blood supervillain would jive with what's come before in the DC canon.

"The character is not that dissimilar to what we’ve seen in canon," she said. "He just [has] a sparkle in his eye and is smarter than everybody in the room and 12 steps ahead of everyone, and just a large, delicious villain."

Per IGN, Cryer's character will make his Arrowverse debut on March 17 in the episode titled “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” Could that name be a reference to the Coen Bros. movie of the same name where a bunch of criminals escape imprisonment? It is unclear whether Tyler Hoechlin's Superman is set to make an appearance. Is Kara Danvers (Melissa Benoist) going to have to face this new threat all by her lonesome???

Supergirl returned for the second half of its fourth season on Sunday. The next episode, "Blood Memory," will air this coming weekend on The CW at 8pm EST.