On tomorrow's episode of The CW's Supergirl, titled "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Jon Cryer will make his debut as the iconic Superman villain Lex Luthor. However, this will not be the first time the actor has carried the Luthor name on-screen.
Previously, Cryer played the role of Lex Luthor's nephew, Lenny Luthor, in Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, a film that was panned by fans and critics alike upon its release in 1987. While speaking with the press, Cryer explained that his decision to play the classic DC villain on television partly comes down to a personal quest for redemption over three decades in the making.
"Part of the reason I did Superman IV was because Superman: The Movie changed my life," Cryer shared. "I was 14 years old, and the tagline was, 'You'll believe a man can fly,' and boy I bought it. Superman IV had very high hopes, but was unfortunately very disappointing for people. That had always hurt me in a very 14-year-old boy way, so I thought this was my chance to do it right."
It was first announced this past November that Cryer had boarded Supergirl to play the role of Lex Luthor in a recurring capacity. Additionally, executive producer Robert Rovner revealed the show's Season 4 finale would be titled "The Quest for Peace" as a reference to Cryer's DC past.
Airing Sundays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers, David Harewood as Martian Manhunter, Mehcad Brooks as Jimmy Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor, Jesse Rath as Brainiac-5 and Nicole Maines as Nia Nal.