Lex Luthor is coming to town. We guess it was just a matter of time after Superman, Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen came on Supergirl.
In a joint statement, Supergirl EPs Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller said, “We’re beyond excited to introduce… Lex Luthor to Supergirl and to weave him into our story this season. We’ve talked about having Lex on the show since it’s inception and we’re excited to have him finally arrive. We can’t wait for him to shake things up in National City and watch him go toe to toe with not only Supergirl, but his sister Lena Luthor.”
Lex Luthor but what incarnation?
Over the years there were various incarnations of the archenemy of Superman. Mad scientist, villainous businessman, the self made man who grew up dirt poor, take your pick. All of the aforementioned depictions all had something interesting. Personally, we lean more towards the mad scientist. Simply because it would mean Lex Luthor will wear his iconic green and purple armor.
Superman’s friend or foe?
While they are archenemies in the comics, in some versions they start of as friends. Like on the Smallville TV show, it was Clark keeping secrets that played a large role into Lex becoming the villain we all know and fear. In other incarnations he was the archenemy from day one.
Lex Luthor in the Arrowverse
What do we know so far about the Lex Luthor who resides in the Arrowverse? We know that he is currently incarcerated for 37 lifetimes. We also know that he was a genius turned mad. And we know that he and Clark were besties while growing up.
On the Supergirl TV show he is described as Lex Luthor is a billionaire industrialist, inventor and scientist, as well as one of the most intelligent people in the world.
An apt description by Lena and Lillian Luthor on Supergirl is as follows:
“Lex went insane.”
“Exactly. And if they could take the brightest mind on Earth and drive him crazy defending himself, imagine what they could do to you.”
Who should play Lex Luthor?
We can speculate for hours who should play Lex. Personally, we think that Tom Welling, who played Clark Kent on Smallville, would be the perfect fit. Or why not go for Shawn Ashmore? Another Smallville alumni.
But there are tons of up and coming actors who could fill that role.
If we are not getting one of the old Smallville alumni then please surprise us. We were pleasantly surprised by Tyler Hoechlin’s performance as well as Jenna Dewan’s performance as Lucy Lane. The casting knows what they are doing. So far their only miss, we find, is James Olsen. But that’s not a casting issue and more a writer’s issue.
Let us know who you think would be perfect for the iconic role of Lex Luthor. And what is your favorite incarnation of Lex?