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Smallville's Lex Luthor actor reveals why he won't appear in Crisis on Infinite Earths

Michael Rosenbaum won't star alongside his Smallville co-stars in the Arrowverse crossover

SMALLVILLE Michael Rosenbaum as Lex Luthor
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Published: Wednesday, 25th September 2019 at 12:01 pm

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s Lex Luthor actor Michael Rosenbaum revealing he won’t appear in 'Crisis on Infinite Earths'.


Rosenbaum, who played the bald baddie in Superman series Smallville, has announced on Twitter that he turned down the chance to feature in CW’s upcoming Arrowverse crossover event.

Although Tom Welling and Erica Durance – who played Superman and Lois Lane in Smallville – are already signed onto the project, Rosenbaum said he didn’t have enough information about the series to commit.

“Their offer: No Script. No idea what I’m doing. No idea when I’m shooting. Basically no money,” he wrote (in a very tiny font). “And the real kick in the ass ‘We have to know now.’ My simple answer was ‘Pass.’ I think you can understand why.”

However, although Rosenbaum won’t appear in the seven-part series, it doesn’t mean that Lex Luthor will be missing altogether. Jon Cryer, who plays Luthor on Supergirl, is still scheduled to appear on the show, alongside core characters from Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and the new Batwoman series with Ruby Rose.


The CW has confirmed Crisis on Infinite Earths will air this autumn in the USA, with the show to be aired in the UK at a later unconfirmed date.


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