Katie McGrath most known for her recent role in the Chiller TV series Slasher, has landed the role of Lena Luthor, the sister of Lex Luthor on Supergirl. We have seen some behind the scene pictures that suggest Supergirl could be visiting Metropolis, so it’s not too hard to believe this could catapult her inclusion on the series.
This news was recently revealed by TV Line as a character description was also provided;
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 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.
The character of Lena Luthor has had a couple of live action incarnations and are often one of the few things that can keep Lex Luthor from being the ultimate evil, with even going as far as inspiring Lex to try to be a hero. In the comics Brainiac uses Lena’s body to prevent its own deletion and survive after Brainiac 13 comes from the future to destroy him.
In the television series Superboy, later renamed The Adventures of Superboy, Lena Luthor was played by two actresses Jennifer Hawkins as a child and Denise Gossett as an adult, in the two-part episode “Know Thine Enemy”.
She also made an appearance on Smallville as Tess Mercer (Cassidy Freeman), who originally appeared as Lex Luthor’s successor after he disappears in the North Pole and is shown to be as manipulative as Lex, until she is revealed to be his sister Lutessa Lena Luthor, who was raised by Granny Goodness and she begins to try to make a good name for herself, even assembling a new version of the Suicide Squad. Leigh Bourke played a child version of the character in flashbacks.
LENA LUTHOR CREATED BY: Jerry Siegel (Writer), Kurt Schaffenberger (Art)
FIRST APPEARANCE: Superman’s Girl Friend Lois Lane #23 (February 1961)