Supergirl's second season not only brings the show to a new network, but it will hopefully be joining the pre-existing Arrow-verse. On top of that, we are preparing for Superman's introduction in the season premiere. We've also recently learned that Metropolis will be featured in the second season and that Lena Luthor — sister of Superman archenemy Lex Luthor — will be arriving in National City. Jurassic World actress Katie McGrath will be playing Lena, who moves to National City after her brother's incarceration.
It's great to see the Supergirl producers going with a lesser-known character — everybody associates her family name with the character of Lex, which is one of the reasons that she is often overlooked. If you have yet to meet Lena Luthor, then fear not my fellow super friends, allow me to take you through the key points of the character's brief history.
Her First Appearance
Lena Luthor first appeared in Superman's Girlfriend, Lois Lane Issue 23. Lena was Lex's little sister and she lived with their parents. Lex became a notorious criminal and in an attempt to hide the shame, their parents changed her last name to Thorul — an anagram of Luthor — to save Lena from association with Lex. However, Lena herself was unaware that she was related to Lex Luthor because of the change of surname. Lex did eventually figure out who Lena was, but he didn't tell her his identity and wanted to keep her out of his villainous activities. Lena also had telepathy which she got after being zapped by a Space-Brain in Lex's lab.
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The Post-Crisis version of the character saw her and Lex grow up together in Smallville. Once their father died, Lex left Smallville and Lena behind. A common element of the character seen in the Post-Crisis version as well as others is that she is a paraplegic. In the Earth-Prime iteration, she began experiencing health problems at 17 years old — Lex tried to help her condition but he could not reverse the effects. As a result she is confined to a wheelchair.
She Has A Daughter Named Lori
In the recent Adventure Comics series, Lena has a daughter named Lori. Lori attends the same high school as Superboy and two have somewhat of a romantic connection. Lex shows up on Lori's doorstep waiting to take control of Superboy. He also claims that can now cure Lena of her paraplegia which he does. He later reverses the cure and tells Lena that he only did this to show Superboy that he could.
It's interesting to note how Lex uses his family to get what he wants — he used Lori's relationship with Superboy and he exploited his relationship with his sister. It'll be interesting to see if the Supergirl series adopts any of these traits — by the sound of things, Lena will be coming to National City to get away from Lex and his criminal past so it would seem that the two don't have a great relationship here. It's unknown if the Supergirl version of Lena will have a daughter or not.
She Works At LexCorp
The New 52 version of the character works at LexCorp's laboratory. She is still confined to a wheelchair but that doesn't stop her from carrying out tasks and duties.
Although there are many versions, it's more than likely that Supergirl will draw from the New 52 version of Lena, as the show often uses the New 52 source material for many other characters and elements of the show. Moreover, Luthor Corp signs (which is another commonly used name for LexCorp) have been spotted on the set of the second season so perhaps Lena has something to do with the facility.
She Was Featured In Smallville
The character of Tess Mercer on the TV series Smallville turned out to be Lutessa Lena Luthor — an alternate version of Lena. Nobody knew that Tess was actually Lex's sister until the final season when it was revealed as a shocking twist.
Perhaps the most recognizable version of the character, Tess was played by Cassidy Freeman for three seasons on the show.
As very little is known about Lena, it's difficult to know which version will be used in Supergirl. However, the introduction of Luthor Corp can only mean that she'll play a role in the family business and it'll be up to Kara to decide whether or not she is trustworthy. Her arrival also marks the first appearance of a Luthor on Supergirl, which makes me wonder if Lex won't be far behind — especially now that Superman will be coming to the show. Either way, I'm excited to see the introduction of a lesser known character that is full of potential.
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