When it comes to the CW, where one show ends, another begins. And so it goes as the CW, after ending Arrow, is now moving on to Superman with Superman & Lois.
Superman & Lois will be the new CW entry into the Arrowverse. It comes as a spin-off from Supergirl and will star Tyler Hoechlin as Superman/Clark Kent and Bitsie Tulloch as Lois Lane/Kent. Hoechlin made his first appearance as Superman in Supergirl’s Season 2, Episode 1 while Tulloch first showed up as Lois Lane on The Flash, Season 5 Episode 9 titled Elseworlds: Part One.
SUPERMAN & LOIS PROMOTION
Check out the Arrowverse trailer and watch it to the end. You’ll get a good first look at Superman & Lois.
THE PLOT OF SUPERMAN & LOIS
For Superman & Lois, the CW is planning a very different direction than the one any other Superman property has taken before.
“When Todd Helbing, who’s our showrunner, was telling me about the story for the pilot script for Superman & Lois, I got chills,” Tolluch told TV Guide. “It’s so good, and it’s so something we haven’t seen before with them, so I think it’s going to be great.”
What Tulloch is talking about is just how Superman & Lois will show very different sides to the series’ two lead characters. For those of you who followed Crisis on Infinite Earths, you may recall the twist that showed the couple had two sons named Jonathan and Jordan. And now you’ll get to see Superman and Lois struggle as working parents. That’ll be the real focus of the show, Superman and Lois trying to live their daily lives raising a family while also saving the world.
THE REST OF THE CAST
Jordan Elsass will play Jonathan Kent while Alex Garfin will be along as younger brother Jordan Kent.
Emmanuelle Chriqui has been hired to portray Lana Lang-Cushing and Erik Valdez will play Kyle Cushing, Lana’s husband. Inde Navarrette will play the Cushing’s daughter Sarah which sets up nicely for a love triangle pitting brother against each other.
Dylan Walsh plays General Lane, Lois’ no-nonsense army general father whose only concern is protecting the country. Rounding out the cast is the only villain we are aware of (for the time being). The Vampire Diaries vet Wolé Parks has joinedSuperman & Lois, as a mysterious villain called The Stranger. Not much is known about The Stranger other than he is determined to prove the world no longer needs Superman.
THE TEAM MAKING SUPERMAN & LOIS
The CW has hired some big hitters to bring Superman & Lois to the small screen. Todd Helbing is the series showrunner and writer and will also serve as an executive producer.
Greg Berlanti, who put the Arrowverse together, will also executive produce with Sarah Schechter and Geoff Johns on as producers.
WHEN AND HOW MUCH ARE WE GETTING
There is no exact date set for Superman & Lois to premiere but we do know it will bow in January of 2021. We also know that the CW has already given the show a 13-episode order for its first season.
This is a lot of known information from the upcoming series. But there are a few unknowns, such as will we eventually see an appearance of Superman’s ultimate enemy Lex Luthor? Since the series will be centered around the Kent’s life as they return to Smallville, will Jimmy Olsen venture a visit to see his buddy, Clark? What about all those crossovers? Will Barry Allen (Flash) show? How about any of the other DC Arrowverse characters? As the CW has already proven, nothing is off the table.
What exactly is this Arrowverse the CW is thrusting Superman & Lois into? ? For starters, it can also be called the CW Multiverse. The Arrowverse is a TV franchise that includes many of the comic book characters that have been published by DC Comics. The first entry into the Arrowverse was Arrow back in 2012. With Arrow being a hit pretty much out of the gate, the CW turned their attention to The Flash, who was supposed to make his appearance in a few episodes of Arrow, serving as an introduction to Barry Allen/Flash, but decided instead to go direct to series.
Next up came Supergirl. The series began over at CBS but creator Greg Berlanti had a desire to include Supergirl in the same universe as both Arrow and The Flash, but the then president of CBS Nina Tassler cited the shows being on different networks, thus not allowing the crossover. Vixen arrived next in the Arrowverse, an animated web-series that had Stephen Amell and Grant Gustin reprise their roles as Arrow and The Flash respectively. The characters in Vixen were also scheduled to make their live-action appearance in both Arrow and The Flash but instead, the CW decided to bring out DC’s Legends of Tomorrow.
When the leadership changed at CBS (from Tassler to Glenn Geller) the idea of having Supergirl past of the Arrowverse was revisited. Then the crossovers began as Supergirl joined the Arrowverse. Another animated series Freedom Fighters: The Ray was introduced as a web-series then Black Lightning followed on the CW. The Arrowverse was complete when the CW introduced Ruby Rose (who has since been replaced by God Friended Me’s Javicia Leslie) as Batwoman. The Arrowverse was complete. Well, almost. And for those who are curious, Stargirl did make a very brief appearance in the crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths and is slowly being moved into the Arrowverse. It’s just not officially official, though Superman & Lois is.