Who is Captain Luthor in Superman & Lois? The villain has been established in episode 1, so let’s get his identity explained as fans react.
Grab your capes… Krypton’s finest is back on screens.
For decades, the character of Superman has been celebrated both in print and on-screen, portrayed, sketched and conjured up by a number of talents.
One of the latest depictions came courtesy of Tyler Hoechlin, who has played Clark Kent and his superhero persona across Supergirl, Arrow, The Flash and beyond.
His role in the Arrowverse continues with Superman & Lois, developed for The CW by Todd Helbing and Greg Berlanti. The series premiered on Tuesday, February 23rd 2021 and swiftly raised a number of questions.
Perhaps the biggest of all centres around the addition of Captain Luthor in Superman & Lois. Who exactly is he and how does he fit into the Arrowverse?
Captain Luthor in Superman & Lois
The identity of the Stranger (played by Wolé Parks) is revealed at the end of the Superman & Lois pilot, confirming suspicions that the character is a new take on the caped crusader’s nemesis, Lex Luthor.
At the end of the episode, we saw the mysterious figure residing in his mountain lair after having terrorised power plants throughout the episode.
Speaking about his encounters with Superman, the character is told: “I’ll start the upgrades to your armor right away, Captain Luthor.”
As those who have been invested in the Arrowverse up to now will know, we have already seen an incarnation of Lex Luthor on screens before. However, as the casting and name change suggests, this one is different to the one provided by Jon Cryer.
How is this possible? Well, allow us to explain…
Reflecting back on the events which transpired in the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, it’s important to address that the multiverse versions of Earth were destroyed by the Anti-Monitor, with just one called Earth-Prime remaining. This is the Earth where the Arrowverse shows take place.
However, some found a way to escape their worlds before they were destroyed and have shown up on Earth-Prime. Newsweek includes the fact that different versions of Brainiac-5 have materialised as an example of this.
It’s suggested that, much like Superman survived the fall of his world, this new version of Lex Luthor escaped his universe and fled into this one.
During a battle sequence, the Captain’s words reinforce this idea: “My world was destroyed, but somehow I managed to survive. I eventually arrived here, where I learned you were here too.”
Todd Helbing talks Captain Luthor
Speaking with Entertainment Weekly, the series’ showrunner – Todd Helbing – said of Luthor’s inclusion:
“We wanted to present a villain or an adversary to Superman at the beginning that just felt different and threatening, but could also lead us in ways that you can’t necessarily go with like a Jon Cryer version of it.”
He added: “So, all I’ll really say is you’re really going to get this guy’s backstory, where he’s from, what he was like, where he comes from, his professional life, his personal life. You’re gonna get to know why he’s going after Superman.”
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