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Smallville Alum Michael Rosenbaum Playfully Trolls Fellow Lex Luthor Actor Jon Cryer

The CW is all about Superman right now, thanks to the recent premiere of Superman & Lois, and everyone knows there's nothing that makes supervillains madder than heroes in the spotlight. Perhaps that's why Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor on Smallville, took to social media and decided to playfully troll a guy who played Lex Luthor on television more recently: Jon Cryer.

Michael Rosenbaum wasn't willing to return as Lex Luthor for the mega "Crisis on Infinite Earths" Arrowverse crossover, but it seems he's down to troll the guy that did. Check out Rosenbaum's goofy video below, and continue reading for how the Supergirl actor reacted to it.

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It's a weird video that didn't make much sense to me at first until I had a chance to soak it in. Michael Rosenbaum is essentially saying that with his "shaved head" (which is actually the work of a social media filter) and full beard, he resembles Jon Cryer's Lex Luthor look. It's notable to mention here that Cryer did appear as a bearded Lex Luthor in his Arrowverse appearances, while Rosenbaum did his role on Smallville clean-shaven.

Of course, Jon Cryer took the whole thing in stride, and how could he not with the hashtag "sexylexys" attached to it? The actor responded to one of the few men he can relate to when it comes to playing Lex Luthor on television, though he didn't quite deliver the playful jab back Rosenbaum may have deserved.

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The two had a brief exchange afterward in which Michael Rosenbaum lamented that he didn't have perfect facial hair like Jon Cryer, where Cryer was jealous Rosenbaum could actually grow a full head of hair. Clearly, it's all fun and games between these two, and not just two celebrities taking random shots over each other on the internet. It's worth mentioning Cryer has appeared on Rosenbaum's podcast Inside Of You, so I can only imagine the two have further bonded since then.

Of course, since Michael Rosenbaum welcomed the comparison, I now have to wonder if the actor isn't intentionally trying to look like Jon Cryer for some specific reason. To say I'm skeptical that he would reprise his Smallville role in the Arrowverse after the actor sat out "Crisis On Infinite Earths" when so many other notable names didn't is an understatement, but I still have a sliver of hope holding out within me he'll return to play Lex or another Luthor like Cryer did someday.

That opportunity could come sooner than later with Superman & Lois on The CW currently, but we can only wait and see. It's all hope and speculation at this point. Catch that series Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m. ET, and read up on the surprising reveal that may show a Lex reveal isn't that far off.

Mick Joest

Mick likes good television, but also reality television. He grew up on Star Wars, DC, Marvel, and pro wrestling and loves to discuss and dissect most of it. He’s been writing online for over a decade and never dreamed he’d be in the position he is today.