Michael Rosenbaum Dashes Hopes For His Return As Lex Luthor In Crisis On Infinite Earths

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With the news that Tom Welling and Erica Durance were going to reprise their Smallville roles in the upcoming Crisis On Infinite Earths, many fans were hoping that it meant that Michael Rosenbaum, who played Lex Luthor, would also return.

Unfortunately, it looks like Rosenbaum will not be reprising his role in the event.

It just comes down to the whole secrecy thing that surrounds such projects. Rosenbaum will be going in blind and he wasn’t going to be paid very much for his work. (Honestly, the super tight secrecy thing is starting to be a little much for any media property.)

He went into detail in a statement released on his Twitter.

“Friends, many of you have tweeted and asked me about joining the Infinite Crossover. I can’t tell you how much this means to me. I’ll just be straight up about this. WB called my agents Friday afternoon when I was in Florida visiting my grandfather in a nursing home. Their offer: No Script. No idea what I’m doing. No idea when I’m shooting. Basically no money. And the real kick in the ass ‘We have to know now.’ My simple answer was ‘Pass.’ I think you can understand why.”

While we’re bummed that Rosenbaum won’t be appearing in the crossover, his reasons are sound and valid. Plus, we have a literal embarrassment of riches in the other DC actors appearing such as Burt Ward and Kevin Conroy.

It isn’t like the crossover won’t be without a Lex. Jon Cryer will be reprising the role for the event. Cryer was a really, really freakin’ good Lex.

Crisis On Infinite Earths will air on five nights. Three will air in December 2019 (Supergirl on Sunday, Dec. 8, Batwoman on Monday, Dec. 9, and The Flash on Tuesday, Dec. 10) before concluding on Jan. 14, 2020 with Arrow and Legends of Tomorrow. 

Bec Heim