‘Superman and Lois’ Show Being Developed For The CW
It’s finally happening! After years of speculation and rumors, The CW is officially developing a new live action Superman series, Superman and Lois, for the Arrowverse!
From his first appearance in Supergirl’s second season back in 2016, fans quickly took to Tyler Hoechlin’s take on the Man of Steel. Since then he has made frequent returns to the Arrowverse, most notably in last year’s Elseworlds event which saw Elizabeth Tulloch joining him as Lois Lane. That particular adventure ended with the revelation that Lois was pregnant, perfectly setting up the next chapter in the characters’ lives.
Now, that next chapter looks set to be explored in a brand new series that would be the first live action Superman series since Smallville ended its historic decade long run back in 2011. And the first to fully feature Clark as Superman since Lois and Clark finished in 1997! The Hollywood Reporter revealed last night that Superman and Lois will revolve “around the world’s most famous superhero and comics’ most famous journalist as they deal with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society.”
With a description like that it certainly sounds like the new series will be taking at least a few ideas from the recent Rebirth storyline from DC Comics, which introduced Lois and Clark’s son, Jonathan Kent, and focused on their adventures as a family as they taught their son what it means to be a hero. Of course that depends on how old their child is in the new series. In the current Arrowverse timeline he or she would only be a baby if the series is set in real time next Fall. But there’s a Crisis coming, so there’s definitely potential for the timeline to be re-written if they want to feature an older super son or daughter. And Green Arrow and the Canaries, also in development for next season, opens the door to the show being set a few years in the future as well.
Reacting to the news, series stars Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch both took to social media to express their excitement and their gratitude at the annoucement;
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I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to tell this story, that for now shall remain a secret. But I’ve been blessed with nothing less than the most wonderful people to do it alongside of. I couldn’t ask for a better partner than @BitsieTulloch in all of this. I’ve already learned so much from her and I know that won’t stop anytime soon. So thank you @gberlanti and everyone else who brought her in as our Lois Lane. All the people behind the scenes care so much about these characters and their lives and the parts to which we’ll be speaking about, it gives me great comfort to know that they’ll steer us in the right direction. Thank you to everyone that said “yes” to this project (Warner Brothers, DC, CW). We won’t let you down. It’s going to be a grand adventure. Can’t wait to get to work! P.S. I had no idea this picture existed when someone grabbed the shot of Bitsie and I on the monitor, and I just noticed today the resemblance of my expression to that of Mr. Reeves. Had to share. Hope we make something he would be proud of. Up, up!
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@tylerhoechlin and I are so happy that we can finally talk about this project!!! I am so excited (thank you @warnerbrostv, @dccomics, @thecw, @gberlanti et al). Our incredible showrunner Todd Helbing is writing SUCH a riveting, unique, and poignant story for us. And I couldn’t ask for a better or more fun partner than Tyler 🎉 Also, in the interest of reiterating how much I LOVE playing #LoisLane, I’m reposting part of the blurb I wrote when I was first cast a year ago: Excuse me while I fangirl for a moment: When I started acting, one of my teachers asked me to watch the screen tests for the role of Lois Lane for 1978’s Superman. All of the actresses were terrific, but it was always clear to me why Margot Kidder won the role: she seemed lit from within, full of joie de vivre. Now, at a time when the noble profession of journalism feels under siege, it’s a privilege to join the club of actresses who have played the dogged reporter. As far back as 1938 when she first appeared in Action Comics #1, Lois Lane has defied and subverted society’s expectations of how women should behave. She was portrayed as opinionated, inquisitive, and an unapologetically badass career woman at a time when many representations of women leaned more towards meek and demure. One of the reasons the character has remained so compelling for the last 80 years is that she has all these formidable, strong-willed qualities, but she’s also vulnerable, romantic, and feminine. A truly modern woman. ❤️
Superman and Lois will be executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Todd Helberg, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns, with Helberg also scripting the series. Unlike Green Arrow and the Canaries, which will receive a backdoor pilot in Arrow’s final season, Deadline are reporting that Superman and Lois is being developed as a standalone pilot. If the series goes ahead, and this life long Superman fan really hopes that it does, then it should premiere as part of The CW’s 2020-2021 season.