The production shutdown due to COVID-19 has actually worked out in someone’s favor, even if that person is a fictional supervillain.
According to Jon Cryer on PeopleTV’s Couch Surfing, some stuff for Supergirl‘s season five finale was filmed. Now the writers rewrote the finale and are getting everything together with the footage shot. It worked out in Lex Luthor’s favor.
“The Supergirl folks have talked to me because we couldn’t shoot our last episode. We had shot some of the last episode, and they’re gonna use some of that footage, 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 happy anymore. So, I was like, ‘Oh, did I not get defeated? Wait a minute, I like this!’ Supervillains, we relish our chance to actually not be defeated every now and then.”
It looks like Lex is actually going to come out on top at the end of the season as he has been since after Crisis on Infinite Earths.
Now this confirms what Supergirl fans have been hearing before the production shutdown that season five was already going to be shortened to 20 episodes. Given Melissa Benoist’s pregnancy, it’s not that big of a surprise. While we had no confirmation on this, given that The Flash is wrapping its sixth season at episode 19 and Supergirl was only a little bit ahead of the season. We can assume episode 20 was going to be a finale.
Now whether or not they were enough along in filming to complete it…that’s up for debate. We’ll see when Supergirl returns for its final run of season five episodes on May 3 at 9/8c on The CW.
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