The CW's Supergirl is just one of the dozens of series that found themselves in production limbo over the growing coronavirus pandemic. While it's scheduled to return on Sunday, May 3, with the Melissa Benoist-directed "Deus Lex Machina" (pushed back from its original April 26 air date), it's the season finale that's becoming a topic of conversation. While filming on the fifth season finale was already underway when production was shuttered, Jon Cryer revealed to PeopleTV's Couch Surfing that the series writers are rewriting parts of the wrap-up and that the fate of his Lex Luthor might just change.
Speaking with host Lola Ogunnaike, Cryer offered the update on where production stands on the hit CW series, as well as a not-too-subtle hint that major changes might be underway: "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."
With a little more than two weeks to go before Supergirl returns, here's a look at the first official promo and overview for "Deus Lex Machina." What's catching our eyeballs in the description below isn't so much watching Lex play "ringmaster" (though that never gets old) as it is the promise of learning more about Lex's post-"Crisis" path to power, as you're about to see:
"Supergirl" season 5, episode 17 "Deus Lex Machina": MELISSA BENOIST MAKES HER DIRECTORIAL DEBUT – Lex (guest star Jon Cryer) proceeds to lay an intricate plan to bring Lena (Katie McGrath) closer to him, defeat Leviathan's latest attack, and pit Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and team against Leviathan. It is also revealed how Lex came into power after Crisis. Melissa Benoist directed the episode with story by Lindsay Sturman and teleplay by Katie Rose Rogers & Brooke Pohl.
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.