Will she become a villain, or will Lena Luthor stay on the path of good and stray from the darkness in her family’s history? Enough of this question.
Over the past two seasons of Supergirl, we’ve seen Lena contemplate, many times, whether she has the capacity to be a hero and, time and time again, whether she will end up just like Lex and Lillian, driven mad by the darkness inside of them.
Lena created a friendship with Kara and Supergirl, though she still doesn’t know they’re two different people, so Lena’s reaction to this identity reveal has always teased, and the potential for this story gets worse with every passing episode.
As if Lena, the CEO of L-Corp and possibly the most brilliant mind in the world as she was able to create a device to allow Daxamites to teleport to Earth and another to infect the world with lead (then again, another in the future which created a cure for her lead infection), wouldn’t know Kara was Supergirl.
It’s time for a change in Lena’s story as a new season of Supergirl approaches. The good vs. evil debate is tired and boring. Lena needs to pick a side, and stories going forward need to stick with this choice.
She’s a grown woman capable of making a choice for her future, and Lena knows exactly what comes with being a Luthor and whether she will be able to manage life with whatever she decides.
Honestly, the last thing we need is another Luthor turning evil. It’s been done in basically every incarnation of Superman, so a better twist would be a Luthor finding their way through the darkness with, in this case, Supergirl’s help, and becoming a hero worthy of changing the way the world thinks about her family.
Where season 3 left off, Lena was in her lab with Eve with a piece of the black kryptonite that was supposed to have returned to Argo City with Alura. Once again, Lena’s intentions are called into question, and her betrayal will surely be revealed to Kara soon thereafter, which will cause an even greater shift toward becoming evil.
Another issue with the writing of Lena is she still hasn’t figured out that Kara is Supergirl. It’s really not that hard to tell, and Cat Grant figured it out even after seeing Kara and Supergirl in the same room at the same time, but Lena, the smartest woman on Earth, can’t tell her best friend is a liar?
It’s beyond time Lena learns the secrets kept by everyone around her, especially since all of these people she considers her second family are lying to her, too. Everyone Lena associates with in this group is hiding the fact that Kara is Supergirl. As if Lena wouldn’t be able to pick up on that tension.
The way the writing currently treats Lena is as if she were an impressionable teenager that is incapable of thinking for herself and drawing her own conclusions.
Lena is smart enough to figure out that her friends are all keeping something from her, especially her “best friend,” and she can make a choice between good and evil. Lena’s wanted to prove herself for a long time, so the fact that it’s even questionable whether Lena could go down a darker path is ridiculous.
Let Lena be a hero and stop creating unnecessary stories to make her question herself and whether she has what it takes to separate herself from her abusive and terrible family. Instead, create stories that allow Lena to actually succeed at her dreams to be good and a hero, which would be far more interesting than the repetitive and oft too similar situations that cause Lena to spin out.