Jon Cryer revealed the ending of Supergirl season 5 had to be written due to the production shutdown caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
The CW’s Supergirl was one of the many projects forced to suspend production due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, while most feature films will be able to resume production once the pandemic subsides, the 2019-2020 television season will likely have to be cut short at this point.
During an interview with People, Jon Cryer confirmed that while some footage from the unfinished Supergirl season finale will be used in what will now become the last episode of this television season, the writers had to write new material for the ending. However, Jon Cryer noted that there might be a benefit for his villainous Lex Luthor:
“We had shot some of the last episode and they’re gonna use some of that footate, but they’re writing a whole bunch of new stuff around it. Which is interesting because the way my character was thwarted now doesn’t happen anymore. So I was like, ‘Oh, did I not get defeated? Wait a minute, I like this!'”
Jon Cryer added that supervillains relish their chance to avoid being defeated.
Supergirl returns on May 3 with the episode titled “Deus Lex Machina” and you can read the official synopsis below:
MELISSA BENOIST MAKES HER DIRECTORIAL DEBUT – Lex (guest star Jon Cryer) proceeds to lay an intricate plan to bring Lena (Katie McGrath) closer to him, defeat Leviathan’s latest attack, and pit Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and team against Leviathan. It is also revealed how Lex came into power after Crisis. Melissa Benoist directed the episode with story by Lindsay Sturman and teleplay by Katie Rose Rogers & Brooke Pohl (#517).
Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen/Guardian, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor, Jesse Rath as Querl Dox/Brainiac 5, Nicole Maines as Nia Nal/Dreamer, Andrea Brooks as Eve Teschmacher, Julie Gonzalo as Andrea Rojas/Acrata, Staz Nair as William Dey, Azie Tesfai as Kelly Olsen, and David Harewood as J’onn J’onzz/Martian Manhunter.
Supergirl airs on Sundays at 9:00 p.m. on The CW.