Supergirl Season 2 casts Merlin star as Lena Luthor

Has Supergirl Season 2 found a new villain?

Supergirl has already established a tendency for casting relatives of established characters, what with Jenna Dewan Tatum playing Lucy Lane, and Supergirl herself being a cousin of Superman (like you didn’t already know that). Now, it looks like this trend is being continued, with Katie McGrath being confirmed for the role of Lena Luthor in Season 2.

Fresh from playing Morgana in Merlin and a short-lived but memorable stint in Jurassic World, McGrath’s latest role has had a number of incarnations in the comics. Initially the younger sister of Lex Luthor, post-Crisis her history was changed so that she was in fact his daughter, before reverting back to being his sister after the events of Infinite Crisis.

Despite her family history, traditionally Lena hasn’t been a villain in the comics, although this could well change for the TV series. Assuming it wasn’t allowed to use Lex himself as a major character, it would be safe to assume that Lena could end up being a gender-swapped counterpart. Hopefully this won’t be the case though – we’d rather something a bit more ambiguous was planned.

Supergirl Season 2 Lena Luthor Katie McGrath Merlin
Katie McGrath in Merlin.

Below is the show’s official character description for Lena Luthor:

Beautiful, powerful, and enigmatic, Lena arrives in National City on the heels of brother Lex’s incarceration hoping for a fresh start. Lena has taken over as LenaLuthorCEO 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.

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