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Jon Cryer has officially made his debut as Supergirl's Lex Luthor, and the critiques of his performance are rolling in on the web. Amongst those critics is former Smallville actor Michael Rosenbaum, whose portrayal of Lex in the series has made him a respected voice regarding all performances that have come since. Rosenbaum, who's known to be rather candid and not mince words, decided to tell the world exactly what he thinks of Cryer's portrayal via social media:
Michael Rosenbaum's a fan, and has put his stamp of approval on Jon Cryer's performance in Supergirl. As mentioned, it's high praise from the actor, who many believe gave one of the best portrayals of the character in modern media. He seemed really impressed by the shape of Cryer's head, and how great it looked without hair. It sounds silly, but back when Batman v. Superman revealed Jesse Eisenberg with hair as Lex, some folks were furious.
Michael Rosenbaum hasn’t been necessarily unkind to other Lex Luthor actors in the past, as he gave some compliments on Jesse Eisenberg as an actor prior to Batman v. Superman. With that said, he did jokingly offer on his Twitter to take the role back from Eisenberg when Henry Cavill’s status as Superman was up in the air. Was it a joke, shade, or just someone casually putting it out there that he misses the role and wouldn’t mind returning?
Jon Cryer didn't respond to Michael Rosenbaum's tweet directly on his own account, but did post a link to the podcast the two did. Cryer probably appreciates the praise, as part of why he took the role on Supergirl was to repair a part of him that was saddened when Superman IV: The Quest For Peace flopped. Lenny Luthor may not have been a hit, but it's looking like his portrayal of Lex just might be.
With this collaboration between a past and a current Lex, it would be great if the Arrow-verse capitalized on the two men's recent meeting and found a way to do a Smallville crossover. Rumors were floating around something like that could've happened during "Elseworlds," but the special only showed the iconic Kent farm and played the show's theme song. "Crisis On Infinite Earths" is coming up later this year, so maybe then the two Lexes may meet?
It wouldn't really play into the typical Arrow-verse trend of doppelgangers, but surely many fans would forgive it for a chance to see Michael Rosenbaum, Tom Welling, and others on screen again. Should Jon Cryer's Lex Luthor still be around by the time "Crisis" rolls around, let's hope some writers push behind the scenes to make these two Lexes come together for some evil plan. The crossover will involve multiple alternate worlds, so it's not like this scenario is an impossibility.
Interested audiences can form their own opinion of Jon Cryer's Lex Luthor by tuning into The CW Sundays at 8:00 p.m. ET. Stick with CinemaBlend for all Arrow-verse updates in the meantime, such as the big change that's happening with The Flash in Season 6.