SPOILER WARNING! Last night’s episode of “Superman & Lois” revealed the true identity of “The Stranger” who we thought was “Captain Luthor”. If you haven’t seen the episode, be warned, the following interview reveals actor Wolé Parks’ character’s real name.
While we were lead to believe that “Captain Luthor” was Lex Luthor from another earth, we now know that he is actually John Henry Irons.
In the comic books, Irons was a construction worker who was saved by Superman during Doomsday’s initial rampage across America. Irons used his second chance at life to honor Superman by becoming the superhero known as Steel.
In the “Superman & Lois” version of the character, John Henry Irons was married to Daily Planet reporter Lois Lane. The two had a daughter named Natalie, but when Superman turned evil and began destroying their world, Lois went on air to tell the world that Superman’s weakness was a rock from his home planet… Superman appears to have killed that Lois live on air during the telecast.
In an interview with TVline.com, actor Wolé Parks talks about the moment he found out who his character was. He said, “When they told me I was going to be playing John Henry Irons, I was overwhelmed, a little emotional. I remember growing up with him, but it’s not just me anymore. There are other kids who grew up with this [character], and there are kids growing up now who will know a different version of it. The responsibility is crazy. This is by far my most important role, if I want to phrase it that way, and I don’t take that lightly.”
The episode revealed a bit more of Iron’s version of earth, but Wolé admits there’s more to see. “We’re not done seeing John Henry Irons’ world — and that encompasses a lot of things.”