Supergirl Season 2 is digging deeper into Superman lore. The casting of Tyler Hoechlin as Superman is what caught headlines last week. Now, in addition to this, Lex Luthor’s sister Lena Luthor is coming to Supergirl season 2.Lena is being played by Katie McGrath who is also known for playing Morgana Pendragon on ‘Merlin‘. Her filmography also includes Jurassic World. McGrath is the latest in a series of new actors joining the second season.
While Lex is an iconic villain in the comics, Lena Luthor is far less well known. Supergirl season 2 is flipping this dynamic on its head. In the new season, Lex is in prison (and offscreen) and Lena is taking the reins as Lexcorp CEO. It’s unclear if Lena is going to a good guy or Lex in a skirt. Furthermore, it’s clear that this is the production team’s plan to keep viewers guessing. The press release emphasizes this uncertainty;
“CEO of her family’s billion-dollar-tech company, Luthor Corp, which has been tarnished by Lex’s evil infamy. Her goal? To re-brand the empire as a force for good. Lena wants to be seen as her own person, separate from her brother. Kara is drawn into Lena’s sphere and must determine if she is friend or foe.”
Lena’s role in Lex’s life is something that has changed over the years. In the Silver Age comics, Lena is oblivious to Lex’s criminal career. Lex (and sometimes Superman) work hard to keep her this way. While in the comics of the early 2000’s Lena is reinvented as Lex’s daughter. Finally, Lena is restored to being Lex’s sister in the New 52. Yet she also turns out to be the one who hires a hitman (not that one) to kill Lex.
As a result, it’s clear that Lena Luthor is the wildcard in Season 2. Does she break the Luthor mold or does she follow in her brother’s footsteps?