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?
At this point so early in the show’s production, it’s yet unclear exactly what direction the first season will go in. Here’s what we do know, though: this isn’t a prequel or origin story.
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.
Since Superman & Lois will share continuity with the rest of the Arrowverse, we can also expect that it’ll somehow tie into the annual crossover event, as well as other shows in the franchise.
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: Jonathan, portrayed by Jordan Elsass (Little Fires Everywhere), who may or may not have inherited his father’s powers as per the original comic book storyline and Jordan, portrayed by Alexander Garfin (The Peanuts Movie), a “wildly intelligent” teen who spends most of his time alone due to his “mercurial temperament and social anxiety”.
Additional cast members are Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) as General Lane, Lois’ father. As well as Emmanuelle Chriqui (The Mentalist) – who I personally insist could be Nina Dobrev’s long-lost older sister – as Lana Lang, Clark’s childhood friend.
Superman & Lois is set to premiere this January. And it will air every Tuesday at 9/8 central on The CW.