Supergirl Preview Images Tease Lex Luthor's Post-Crisis Backstory

The CW's Supergirl is back next Sunday night, May 3, with the Melissa Benoist-directed episode "Deus Lex Machina" (pushed back from its original April 26 air date), which finds Jon Cryer's Lex Luthor taking center stage in two different timelines. In the "now," Lex keeps the wheels turning as he works his way back into Lena's (Katie McGrath) good graces while maneuvering Supergirl (Benoist) and her team to take on Leviathan. But it's the "then" that we're really interested in, as we learn the backstory on how he because "new and improved" after the events of the mega-crossover event "Crisis." For some early clues as to what send Lex down his questionable road to redemption, here's a look at some preview images for

Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor and Brenda Strong as Lillian Luthor in Supergirl, courtesy of The CW.
Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor and Brenda Strong as Lillian Luthor in Supergirl, courtesy of The CW.
Jesse Rath as Brainiac-5, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J'onn J'onzz, and Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers in Supergirl, courtesy of The CW.
Jesse Rath as Brainiac-5, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J'onn J'onzz, and Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers in Supergirl, courtesy of The CW.
Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor and Andrea Brooks as Eve Tessmacher/Hope in Supergirl, courtesy of The CW.
Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor and Andrea Brooks as Eve Tessmacher/Hope in Supergirl, courtesy of The CW.
Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor and Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor in Supergirl, courtesy of The CW.
Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor and Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor in Supergirl, courtesy of The CW.
Sharon Leal as M'gann M'orzz and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J'onn J'onzz in Supergirl, courtesy of The CW.
Sharon Leal as M'gann M'orzz and David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J'onn J'onzz in Supergirl, courtesy of The CW.

Speaking with PeopleTV's Couch Surfing host Lola Ogunnaike, Cryer teased that some major production-delay related changes may be on the way for Lex by the end of the season: "The Supergirl folks have talked to me because we couldn't shoot our last episode. We had shot some of the last episode, and they're gonna use some of that footage, but they're writing a whole bunch of new stuff around it. Which is interesting because the way my character was thwarted now doesn't happen anymore. So I was like, 'Oh, did I not get defeated? Wait a minute, I like this!' (laughing) Supervillains, we relish our chance to actually not be defeated every now and then."

The possibility of the future including Cryer's "reformed big bad" is one the fans would seem to welcome, and one quite different than what was originally intended. Lex was originally set for only three episodes, with Warner Bros. looking to the big screen for his future misdeeds. But when Cryer learned that the Arrowverse was about to go through the mega-crossover event "Crisis on Infinite Earths," he knew he couldn't let that pass him by: "I felt like such a nerd because I wasn't originally supposed to be in [the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover], but I literally had to talk to Peter Roth, who is the head of Warner Brothers, and say, 'Hey, I heard you guys are doing Crisis on Infinite Earths and Lex Luthor's a big part of that in the comic books. So I'm just sayin' I'm here, whatever.' And that's just humiliating."

Based on characters from DC Comics created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Supergirl stems from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, with executive producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash, Riverdale), Sarah Schechter (Arrow, The Flash), Robert Rovner (Private Practice, Dallas) and Jessica Queller (Gilmore Girls, Gossip Girl, Felicity). The CW's Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers aka Supergirl, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Jon Cryer as Lex Luthor, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw aka J'onn J'onzz, Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor, Jesse Rath as Brainiac-5, Nicole Maines as Nia Nal aka Dreamer, Julie Gonzolo as Andrea Rojas, Azie Tesfai as Kelly Olsen, Andrea Brooks as Eve Tessmacher, and Staz Nair as William Dey.

About Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.

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