Life never gets boring when you’re right smack in the middle of the superhero world, especially when we’re talking about the expanded DC Arrowverse! Named after the pioneer series, Arrow, that just ended in early 2020, The CW’s own superhero universe has expanded beyond probably what any of the fans ever hoped for.
Outside of Arrow, the shared universe has five spin-off shows (all of which are still airing), two web series, and several crossover events.
The most recent crossover, Crisis on Infinite Earths, was so ambitious that it included many DC shows and films that were not previously part of the multiverse. This includes familiar faces like Burt Ward (1960s Batman), Tom Welling (Smallville), Tom Ellis (Lucifer), Brandon Routh (2006 Superman film), and many others! It was an amazing feat, and it certainly paid off.
The newest series to join the Arrowverse will be Superman & Lois. Here’s everything we know so far about this upcoming superhero series!
Who’s behind the show?
After years of rumors and speculations that began with a Superman cameo in Supergirl, The CW finally made the announcement that DC fans were waiting for: a new Superman series was in the works for release in 2021.
Greg Berlanti has already had a huge role in the Arrowverse franchise and will continue to do so in a production capacity with the newest spin-off, with Sarah Schechter under the Greg Berlanti Productions company.
The Flash’s former executive producer Todd Helbing has been confirmed as showrunner and executive producer alongside Geoff Johns from DC. And Warner Bros. Television will also be backing the Superman & Lois production.
What’s it going to be about?
Right off the bat, we know that this isn’t a prequel or origin story for Superman.
When he appeared in Supergirl, Superman was already an established her and had retired to spend his life with Lois, leaving Earth in the hands of his cousin, Kara.
In their spin-off, Clark Kent and Lois Lane are now dealing “with all the stress, pressures, and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society”. Yep, they’re still superstar big-city reporters, but they’re now also parents to twin boys, Jonathan and Jordan. And Superman & Lois will pick up with them returning to Smallville to deal with some Kent family business.
While in Smallville the Kents will get reacquainted with Clark’s childhood best friend Lana Lang’s family. And will have to deal with the appearance of a mysterious stranger who will interrupt their peaceful return to Smallville since he’s determined to prove to the world that it no longer needs Superman.
Who are we going to see on Superman & Lois?
Reprising their roles are Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf) as Superman and Elizabeth Tulloch (Grimm) as Lois Lane, both of whom need no introduction!
Other central characters include their sons, who may or may not have inherited his father’s powers. Jonathan, who’s described as clean-cut and kind-hearted will be portrayed by Jordan Elsass (Little Fires Everywhere). While Jordan, who’s a “wildly intelligent” teen who spends most of his time alone due to his “mercurial temperament and social anxiety”, will be played by Alexander Garfin (The Peanuts Movie),
Additional cast members include Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) as General Lane, Lois’ father. Stacey Farber (Degrassi) as Leslie Larr, second in command to one of the most influential people in the world who’s rumored to be none other than Lex Luthor. Adam Rayner (Tyrant) as self-made media mogul Morgan Edge. And Wolé Parks (All American) as The Stranger, a man who’s looking to prove that people don’t need Superman anymore.
On top of that Emmanuelle Chriqui (The Mentalist) will star as Lana Lang, a local loan officer, and Clark’s first love. Erik Valdez (Graceland) will play her husband Kyle Cushing who’s also Smallville’s Fire Chief. And Inde Navarrette (Wander Darkly) will appear as Lana and Kyle’s daughter Sarah who will also be a love interest for the Kent twins.
The first season of Superman & Lois (which will have 15 episodes in total) is premiering on February 23rd with an expanded 90-minute series premiere event. After which the show will air as normal every Tuesday at 9/8 central on The CW.