New Titans Season 4 Image Reveals First Look At Lex Luthor

Titans season 4 will officially introduce the DC Comics foe Lex Luthor, as revealed in a new, first-look image. Ever since Titans premiered, the DC drama hasn't shied away from utilizing various villains outside the Teen Titans mythology. In Titans season 3, the heroes relocated to Gotham City to face one of their former allies, Jason Todd, who took on the Red Hood mantle after being killed and resurrected. The main threat, however, was none other than one of Batman's most famous enemies, Jonathan Crane, a.k.a. Scarecrow. By the end of Titans season 3, the heroes had defeated Scarecrow and sent him back to Arkham Asylum.


Earlier this year, rumors were floating around that Titans season 4 would introduce a massively iconic character from the DC Universe: Lex Luthor. Best known as Superman's archnemesis, Lex has been referenced numerous times in the series, primarily through Mercy Graves during Titans season 2. Originally, the Titans Lex Luthor rumor claimed production was looking to cast a 40-something-year-old actor as the popular DC baddie, with an appearance that would be "memorable" at the start of the new season.

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While Warner Bros. TV and HBO Max would neither confirm nor deny the report back then, Lex is now confirmed to be making his Titans season 4 debut. Entertainment Weekly reports that Bosch star Titus Welliver has been tapped as the latest incarnation of the DC antagonist, following actors like Smallville's Michael Rosenbaum and Supergirl's Jon Cryer. It's unclear how many episodes Welliver's Lex will show up in, but the first look at his character is revealed in a new image, teasing a scene between him and Anna Diop's Starfire. Entertainment Weekly also confirms that Titans season 4 would debut sometime in November, with a proper premiere date being announced later. Check out the image andTitans showrunner Greg Walker's description of the show's take on Lex Luthor below:

He has a very sensitive, thoughtful approach to evil and power. You know what he's done, what he's capable of doing, except like many of those people, he's personable. He doesn't have a cat on his lap. Yeah. He's curious, which I think is very interesting about his character. He wants to know about people and what makes them tick, and how they're different from him. He sees the world through the lens both of his own power and his own inadequacy, and tries to compensate for both. [...]

We're really going deeper in all these characters and shaking them up. What shakes Conner up is an identity story. He's explored his Superman self, but he has not really explored his Lex self. What does that mean when you do? What happens when you give that self the keys to the car? Does it start driving the wrong way at rush hour 100 miles an hour?

Lex Luthor talking to Starfire

For months, there had been signs pointing towards Lex showing up in some capacity. Throughout the Titans season 4 production, BTS images of Metropolis fueled speculation that a number of episodes would see the team head to Superman's city, including an appearance by Lex himself. Joshua Orpin, who plays Titans' Superboy, more or less confirmed that the show was introducing Lex after debunking a rumor of supposed actors who were up for the part.

Given that Superboy is a clone mixed of Superman and Lex's DNA, it was only a matter of time until Titans introduced at least one of them. Since Superman is one of the more challenging characters for DC TV to get access to - outside of Superman & Lois - having Lex show up in Titans season 4 allows this massive storyline to finally get tackled. Since Joseph Morgan's Brother Blood is the central villain for Titans season 4, it's unlikely Lex's appearance will have much to do with him, depending on how many episodes Welliver will appear on the show. With Titans season 4 premiering this November, it will be exciting to see what Welliver brings to the table as the latest live-action take on Lex.

Source: Entertainment Weekly