When Supergirl first premiered on CBS, the show had a strict rule that they were not allowed to show Superman. That rule changed by the time the second season of the show premiered, and since then the character appeared a number of times. Well now a statement from CW confirms that a new series, Superman & Lois is in development starring Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch in the roles. While this is far from the first series focused on the characters, it does promise to present a different sort of story than fans are used to seeing on the small screen. This news likely means that the prequel series in development from Warner Bros. TV, Metropolis, is no more. That series would have focused on Lois Lane and Lex Luthor in the titular city before the first appearance on the Man of Steel.
Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch Will Play an Entirely Different Superman & Lois
Here’s what we know so far about the series, still being developed. It will be an hour-long drama series, helmed by Arrowverse architect Greg Berlanti and executive producer on The Flash Todd Helbing. Helbing will write the pilot based on the iconic couple originally created in 1938 by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Naturally, the show will focus on the relationship between Superman and Lois Lane. One is a big-time superhero, and the other is a tenacious journalist. This reminds us of the 1990s-era network series Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman with Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain in the roles. There are, however, going to be two major differences.
The first is that in Superman & Lois, the characters played by Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch are already married. At the end of last year’s Elseworlds Arrowverse crossover, Superman (in full costume) proposed to Lois (herself dressed in a blue dress hearkening back to Superman II). Much of the drama in the old series focused on Clark hiding his secret from Lois, and that’s out the window here. Yet fear not Super-fans, because the biggest change is one that comes directly from the current comics. In this corner of DC’s multiverse, Lois and Clark are parents. This time around the drama will not just be superhero antics but also figuring out how to raise a super-baby amidst all that craziness.
Superman & Lois Is Another Expansion to the Ever-Growing Arrowverse on CW
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This year marks the final season of Arrow, the first DC series developed by Berlanti for CW. Once it’s gone, there will still be plenty of DC shows on the network. Batwoman, The Flash, Supergirl, Black Lightning and Legends of Tomorrow are all currently still rolling. However, one has to wonder how much gas the cast and crew of these shows have left in the tank. Yet, even if these series persist for a few more seasons, the DC series just keep coming from CW. Along with Superman & Lois, there will be a new spinoff of Arrow starring Katherine McNamara, Katie Cassidy Rodgers, and Juliana Harkavy. There was also a rumor that DC Universe and HBO Max will team up for more series from Greg Berlanti. DC properties may be struggling to compete with the Marvel Comics movies at the box office, but they are dominating on television.
Still, this marks a big change for the DC universe on the CW. This is the first show that features a headlining member of the Justice League. From not being allowed to see Superman on Supergirl to a new series starring him and his half-Kryptonian son? That is a big deal. In fact, it suggests Batwoman might get to see the return of Bruce Wayne and his TV-averse alter-ego.
Are you excited about the new Superman & Lois series and do you like Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch in the roles? Share your thoughts, reactions, and hopes in the comments below!
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Joshua M. Patton is a father, veteran, and writer living in Pittsburgh, PA. The first books he read on his own were comics, and he's loved the medium ever since. He is the greatest star-pilot in the galaxy, a cunning warrior, and a good friend. His book "What I Learned: Stories, Essays, and More" is available in print from Amazon and from all electronic booksellers.