In an interview with Deadline.com, Jon Cryer talks about the Season 4 finale of “Supergirl”, his portrayal of Lex Luthor, and how it compares to other versions both on and off the screen.
“I mean obviously Gene Hackman was a big departure from the comics,” explains Cryer. “Michael Rosenbaum [from Smallville], who’s one of my favorite Luthors – if not my all-time favorite. I mean, that’s tough because [to me] Gene Hackman’s Luthor had been so formative simply for being “him” when I was 13, and on top of that I got to actually work with him eventually, and in the role and all that stuff. But Michael Rosenbaum’s Lex was so good. Neither he nor Hackman was anything like the guy from the comics. Well, Rosenbaum was perhaps like the Superboy comics. That was the closest analog of him from the comics, but they were really going for the complexity of seeing somebody turn evil over the course of many years. The Lex that we’re working with is a full-formed sociopath, and that’s a different guy, and for me, in many ways, that’s more faithful to the comics than he’s been on film yet, so that was what excited me about it. That and just the cast is great, and they’re just great folks to work with.”