After Confirming Lex Luthor Remake, Michael Rosenbaum of “Smallville” Sent Jon Cryer a Message.
Stargirl and The Flash are leaving “The Arrow Universe” and related series. Even though it’s not widespread, “Superman and Lois” is the franchise’s penultimate show. Fans are disappointed that the show appears to be casting a new Lex Luthor rather than Jon Cryer, who performed the part in Supergirl. After declaring his departure as Luthor, Cryer received a message from Smallville alum Michael Rosenbaum.
After John Cryer posted a half-sad tweet on Henry Cavill’s Superman firing, Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor for seven seasons in The Mysteries of Smallville, expressed his true feelings. Rosenbaum added a few supportive tweets, as shown below:
Jon Cryer tweeted earlier that he would not play Lex Luthor in Superman and Lois. The “Two and a Half People” alum tweeted that he will film his new series in February. Even if it wasn’t, DC had already told him they wanted to change the character’s direction, so he wouldn’t have returned.
Thankfully, Jon Cryer responded to Michael Rosenbaum with a joke. Cryer quipped that Lex Luthor actors had a secret ceremony and would have to initiate the next actor:
We’ll have to force the new guy to through Lex Luthor’s top-secret, humiliating hazing procedure.
Jon Cryer is obviously joking, but if there is a ritual for the actor who will play Lex next, I want to know what it is and when it happens. Cryer and Michael Rosenbaum will likely tease the cast member when they are revealed.
Michael Rosenbaum approached Lex Luthor after expressing interest in returning to James Gunn’s DC universe. The director and recently appointed co-pilot of DC Studios’ creative leadership is unlikely to choose Rosenbaum (even if they are close friends). Who knows what decisions might be made without Henry Cavill as Superman?
The 2023 CW schedule brings Superman and Lois back in March. With all the changes in DC, it’s hard to predict the future of one of DC’s few remaining TV shows, but the following season should be intriguing.