We know exactly what you think when you hear the name Luthor. It’s hard to not let those bad thoughts creep in and expect evil on the horizon. However, when it comes to Supergirl’s Lena Luthor (Katie McGrath), the L Corp CEO and new CatCo owner is proving over and over that she’s so much more than her last name. The rest of her family may be made of pure evil, and maybe it’s the fact that she’s adopted, but despite the hints dropped by Supergirl’s writers and speculation amongst the fans about where her story may be going, we here at The TV Junkies refuse to believe Lena is anything but good.
With Katie McGrath officially a series regular, Season 3 of the CW series has been giving us a healthy dose of Lena and we couldn’t be happier about that. However, because of her last name and family history, it seems as though Lena is constantly having to defend herself and try to convince people that she has nothing but the best of intentions. She’s not just having to do it against evil monsters such as Morgan Edge (Adrian Pasdar) either, but it seems like Lena even has to be on the defensive with supposed allies like James (Mehcad Brooks). Actions sometimes speak louder than words, so we’ve come up with a few reasons why it’s crystal clear that we think Lena Luthor is firmly on Team Good. Here’s hoping the Supergirl writers agree and keep things that way moving forward because we’d love to see the story buck expectations and keep her good.
She’s not afraid to stand up to evil
Lena doesn’t just stand up to evil, but she stares it right in the face and lets it know she’s not going anywhere. Edge tried to frame her in a recent episode for poisoning National City’s children and she marched right down to the hospital to confront him. She was raised by some of the most evil people out there so the last thing she’s going to do is back down against someone like Edge. Lena Luthor stands her ground, and tells evil that she has no time for it, especially when it comes served with a side of toxic masculinity in the form of Morgan Edge.
She values Supergirl
While her brother Lex was always trying to best Superman and be better than him, Lena is quite the opposite. Lena is one of the biggest Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) supporters out there and truly understands the importance of the superhero to National City. She even went so far as to lead up a celebration in honor of the Girl of Steel and present her with a statue. Lex may want to rid the world of aliens like Superman, but Lena knows the true value in having Supergirl around to keep the city safe and she’s going to do everything she can to help her.
She uses her brains and money for good
Lena may not have any superpowers per se, but she’s still a total badass in her own right. She consistently is using both her brains and money for good. She’s created devices that have helped Supergirl, and Kara has even referred to Lena as “one of the strongest women I know.” While Lex often used his smarts for evil, Lena does the exact opposite. The only real question is how long, and how many times does she have to do that, before people other than Kara believe she’s good? We believe you, Lena!
She takes responsibility for her actions
Despite not doing anything truly evil, Lena is always quick to own up and take responsibility for her actions. When Edge recently tried to blame her for the lead poisoning what did Lena do? She didn’t hide and just pray for everything to be glossed over. No, instead she held a press conference, braved chants of “Lock her up” and took all responsibility for creating the device that seemed as though it was to blame for the sick children. Not only that, but Lena also stepped down from CatCo so the public could trust the media company’s reporting and integrity because, as she said, “helping people has to be the focus.”
She cares for her employees
Lena may be CEO and owner of some of the most powerful companies, not just in National City, but all the world, and yet, she doesn’t think that makes her any better than those she employs. Lena is a caring boss who really seems to value those that work for her. Whether it’s Sam (Odette Annable) or Eve Teschmacher, Lena is going to do things like tell everyone to use the “bosses only” elevator. She’s a CEO of the people and, just as we saw in her interactions with Kara, she gets the best out of her employees while also being a kind, caring boss capable of turning on “work mode” when necessary.
She tries SO HARD
Whether it’s being a good friend, a firm yet caring boss, or just trying to assist Supergirl ward off the latest threat, Lena Luthor tries so damn hard. She isn’t used to having friends or family that genuinely care for her, and now that she’s got them she sure as hell doesn’t want to lose them. Lena may not have great examples to live by, but she’s giving her all and trying to be the best friend she can possibly be for Kara. Not only that, now that Sam and Ruby (Emma Tremblay) are in her life, Lena has pledged to be a “cool aunt” and the way she beamed with pride at Ruby’s recital have us thinking she’ll more than succeed at that as well. Lena wants so badly to be liked and accepted that she won’t stop trying and giving her best until she is.
She’s a really good friend
Lena reminds Kara time and again that she’s never had a friend like her before, but she could be fooling us. She’s been there time and again for Kara, and even though she had to switch into “boss mode” a bit to get it done, it did help Kara work through some of her feelings about Mon-El (Chris Wood). Now that Sam is on the scene, Lena is proving once again what a great friend she is. A perfect example of that was when Sam was feeling bad about putting off Ruby for work. Lena reassured Sam she was leading by example and in working hard herself “that is how you raise a girl to be a badass.” There may be changes coming on the horizon, but for now we’re really loving this girl-power trio of friends that is happening.
Kara Danvers believes in her
We tend to agree with Alex’s (Chyler Leigh) recent sentiments that Kara Danvers is one of our very favorite people. While others have come in and questioned Lena’s loyalty, Kara has always stood by her. Lena may have told Kara she’s not worth believing in, but Kara didn’t believe her, and neither do we. Kara Danvers always sees the best in people, but the fact that she is such good friends with Lena and loves her is all the proof we need that Lena is good.
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Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET on the CW and Showcase.
Editor in Chief Bridget Liszewski comes from a long line of TV Junkies who fostered her love of television from a very young age. She's channeled that passion into covering both US and Canadian television shows, and is thankful everyday for the invention of the DVR. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, she loves college football and is a fan of sports in general. Bridget is always up for talking TV and you can follow her on twitter at @BridgetOnTV.