As generally exciting as it was for Titans to return to HBO Max with Season 4, the anticipatory feelings only grew once it became clear that Bosch star Titus Welliver would be rocking a big ol’ bushy beard while portraying the iconic DC villain Lex Luthor for a storyline centering on his half-son Conor Kent. Now that the first two episodes are out, it’s clear that Titans wanted to shock the bejesus out of fans with its Lex narrative, as it set him up with a fatal disease before straight up killing Superman’s nemesis off and leaving him in a substantial puddle of nastiness. But is he really dead and gone forever?
CinemaBlend spoke with Titans showrunner Greg Walker about the episode’s shocking conclusion, which saw Lex being murdered from afar by fellow vengeful super-villain Mother Mayhem, as portrayed by Franka Potente, and her wild snake creatures. The premiere also ended with Conor getting caught literally red-handed by police, having just witnessed Lex’s confession to creating Superboy sheerly for ego-driven legacy purposes. While we got to see more from Conor’s situation in the also-streaming Episode 2 (opens in new tab), viewers witnessed nothing more from Welliver’s affluent super-genius. So is he really and truly dead and gone? Maybe if this was another show, but here’s what Walker told me:
So as of right now at this very moment, Lex Luthor as we knew him for less than an hour is indeed pushing up the daisies in a metaphorical sense. But let's not act as if his estate is going to immediately bury him six feet under, even beyond whatever autopsy will need to be done to understand what the hell happened to him. Lex's body will no doubt be preserved in some fashion before finding its way to a Lazarus Pit or something on a similar scale. Might need to put some blood back into him before any resurrections take place, though.
Judging from how Greg Walker described the process of bringing self-confessed Titans fanatic Titus Welliver into the live-action series, it sounds like DC only gave limited access to the creative team regarding how much of Lex Luthor could be used within the season as a whole. Which is what influenced the idea to go after actors whose schedules could allow for filming guest spots for one episode (or maybe two?) as opposed to those who would necessarily need to have nothing else to prioritize over Titans. So it makes sense from a behind-the-scenes perspective why it all played out like this, but it's still a blow to a DC fan's heart and brain.
In talking about how he and the other writers approached this particular iteration of the villainous mastermind, Greg Walker talked about playing into the character's tied up senses of morality and mortality, saying:
So if and when Lex Luthor does return to the land of the living within Titans' narrative, or any other upcoming DC series, fans can no doubt expect for him to have an even more particular point of view when it comes to his legacy and bloodline. We'll just have to see whether or not Conor is still on the right side of justice when it happens.
There’s a lot more to get excited about with Titans Season 4, and new episodes are available every Thursday with an HBO Max subscription. Head to our 2022 TV premiere schedule to see what other new and returning shows are popping up soon.
Nick is a Cajun Country native, and is often asked why he doesn't sound like that's the case. His love for his wife and daughters is almost equaled by his love of gasp-for-breath laughter and gasp-for-breath horror. A lifetime spent in the vicinity of a television screen led to his current dream job, as well as his knowledge of too many TV themes and ad jingles.
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