(Disclaimer: Spoilers for Supergirl Season 2 Episode 12 below. Continue at your own risk!)
The first season of Supergirl laid the groundwork for our young heroine, and set up a world that existed without much interference from her cousin Superman. Since Supergirl’s move to The CW, Supergirl has begun to adopt more of Superman's lore as her own. Superman has already made his appearance on Supergirl – to overwhelming fan approval – and more recently, his most notrious villains have begun to challenge Supergirl.
Season 2 Episode 12, titled “Luthors”, gave us an in-depth look at the family of Superman’s greatest villain, Lex Luthor. The episode was filled with Lex Luthor Easter Eggs, and it gave us some key information on The Arrowverse’s version of the character. We got a look at his Warsuit (yes, the Warsuit), and we even got to see Lex in the flesh – at least a younger version of him.
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Lex Luthor In The Arrowverse
Before the episode dove into present-day Luthor shenanigans, we were given a glimpse of the Luthors from the past. This is our first glimpse of Lex in the #Arrowverse; however, his impact on the episode stretched much further than his adolescent cameo.
Jimmy Olsen gives us a bit more backstory on Lex, and confirms that Lex and Clark were best friends when they were younger. Their relationship eventually clouded Clark’s judgement, and he didn't want to accept that Lex was really a villain. This is a huge piece of information, because it gives us a better idea of where Clark is in his adventures as Superman.
We also get to see one of Lex’s fully functioning evil lairs. His top-secret bunker is protected with a biometric lock, and contains a wide array of weapons that are specifically tailored to combat Kryptonians. Among these weapons, we see Lex’s infamous Warsuit (for the first time on screen), The Persuader's Atomic Axe, and a Black Mercy. It also boasts a sonic weapon that is used to pacify Supergirl, and a box that Lillian takes – whose contents are unknown.
'Supergirl' Has Given Us The Most Comics-Accurate Lex Luthor Yet
This episode of Supergirl contained the more comic book Easter eggs pertaining to Lex Luthor than Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice did — and Lex was in that movie. We've seen many different versions of Lex in movies and on television over the years, but Supergirl’s Lex Luthor seems to be ripped straight out of the comic books.
More specifically, Supergirl's Lex looks to be ripped out of the pages of the Silver Age Action Comics. This version of Lex Luthor is solely obsessed with eradicating Superman and all other aliens (Action Comics #291). He has an extremely polarized viewpoint, and he will do anything to achieve his goal, including forming alliances with other villains, and building his Warsuit (Action Comics #544).
Will We See Adult Lex Luthor on 'Supergirl'?
Lex's relationship with Clark, his Warsuit, and the fact that Superman has imprisoned Lex on Supergirl are all ideas ripped straight from the comics. Supergirl seems to be laying the foundation for Lex to become a part of the show – even if it is for a limited arc. Lex's appearance on the show would also be an opportunity for Tyler Hoechlin to make his return as Superman – which fans have been dying for since his first appearance.
We saw a similar build up to Ra’s Al Ghul on Arrow. The show kept dropping his name and eventually he became the big bad of Season 3. To be realistic, Lex Luthor is one of the biggest baddies of all time in the DC universe – second only to the Joker. Supergirl has already co-opted Cyborg Superman, Metallo, Parasite, and Mr. Mxyzptlk, so it wouldn't be a surprise if they brought Lex on as well.
The argument can be made that Lex would take away from Kara and Lena Luthor's dynamic, but Supergirl already debuted Superman on the show, and he was a wonderful addition. At the end of the day, Supergirl is amazing, and it is only getting better as the season goes on. We still don’t know what Lena’s true motives are or if Lex will make an appearance. We are going to have to keep watching Supergirl Mondays at 8PM/ET on The CW, to see how the season plays out.
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