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DC FANDOME 2: Superman & Lois – new suits, new kids, new home, same heroics

September 13th, 2020 by Marc Comments

Some cool news from DC Fandome again this weekend for fans of The Arrowverse, especially Superman and Lois.

You can get all our DC fandome of both events here but this new bit of news is about the upcoming new entry into The CW’s  Arrowverse, Superman & Lois, which will see Clark Kent/Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch) step up to their own show, having been introduced in other shows in the Arrowverse over the last couple of years.

The first bit of big news comes from showrunner Todd Helbing who has said said Superman will be getting a new, ‘kick-ass’ outfit.

“Originally, when you came on for the crossovers, that suit just wasn’t built to sustain a series,” Helbing says of the Superman suit that has been used in the Arrowverse so far.

“And I think just in everything that we were talking about earlier, you know, ‘Crisis’ gave us this fresh slate. Yeah, let’s, let’s make a new suit. So, there’s gonna be a really badass Superman suit in this show.”

Helbing went on to explain that this is not a Clark and Lois we have seen before: “The main way that we’re going to make this a little different is that Clark and Lois are married in this version. And they’re not only married, they have two teenage boys…just to tell, really a story that is as grounded as it can possibly be, to have Superman in it.”

He added that the show will also be about Lois and Clark as people as much as being about a super couple: “As a couple we really get to lean into, you know, Clark and Lois not being Superman and the most famous journalist in the world, but, really, as parents. Like what is that like when you have jobs like that? And all the complexities and difficulties that come with having jobs like that. And then with two boys…we wanted to present two kids that had completely different skill sets and how do you deal with that as parents?”

As a nice throwback to the Superman of old and, indeed the iconic Smallville series, this Lois and Clark will have moved back to Smallville to live, having left Metropolis behind: “The story of Superman has taken place in Metropolis for very long, so we wanted to tell a story where you have the parents, after this tragic event happen, move back to Smallville and really find that it’s easier to raise kids, maybe in a place where life isn’t so hectic as it is in Metropolis.”

This is not the same characters as we have met in the Arrowverse before, having moved on to another stage in their lives and it was made easier by the Crisis on Infinite Earths event: “So we took Crisis as an opportunity to really age up and change things for them as parents, age up the boys, or create two boys, fraternal twins, and make them teenagers, when things really get complicated for parents. So I think just Crisis in general really gave us an opportunity to start with a blank slate, and tell, you know, tell a story in a way we couldn’t have otherwise.”

It will certainly be interesting to see the super sons in the story, a new aspect for sure, with Tulloch saying: “But I do think it’s one of the things, you know, especially about Lois is that she doesn’t really compromise her sense of self or her goals. And Lois wants to change the world with words and Superman does it with his power, but also, you know, how much is that alienating our kids. I’ve read two scripts now and I find the storyline with the sons really, really compelling.”

Hoechlin looks forward to seeing a Superman caught between world saving and family responsibilities: “I think that’s something about Superman is that there is so much needed of him. It’s ‘When do you turn it off? When is it ok to turn it off? When is enough, enough?’. These are the people that count on you for something only you can fulfill within that structure of a family.”

On the new and familiar faces coming to the show, he says: “It’s fun too when they go back Lana Lang is there, you know. Lana was Clark’s first love… And then to see her and her kids and that dynamic [of] a couple of characters that we invented: Kyle Cushing, her husband and Sarah Cushing who gets sort of wrapped up with the boys and then they have their own love triangle.

“And then a character that I think is really interesting is General Lane, Lois’ father and his relationship with the two of them… he’s a very military guy. So, he sort of looks at Superman like his soldier. And so, and his relationship with Lois is a little fraught because of the way that he took his job when he was a parent versus the way that Clark is doing his job.”

At the minute I’m certainly looking forward to seeing the Arrowverse expand, but I’m not sure what to make of this series. Only time will tell, I guess.

Are you excited for Superman & Lois are are you suffering Arrowverse fatigue? Let me know the details, folks.

Superman & Lois is set to premiere on The CW in 2021.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….