LOOK, UP IN THE SKY! It's not a bird or a plane. It's a new, live-action Superman series, and it's coming to your TV screens faster than a speeding bullet.
After years of rumors that started in 2016 and persisted over time, DC and The CW announced in late 2019 a new Superman television series. The show will star Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch and will premiere in 2021.
The new show, titled Superman & Lois, will star Hoechlin and Tulloch reprising their roles as Clark Kent/Superman and journalist Lois Lane respectively. Their characters originate from The CWVerse (formerly known as the Arrowverse), the shared universe of DC Comics media that includes shows like Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, and more.
Here's everything we know so far about the new series, Superman & Lois.
When is the release date of Superman & Lois on The CW?
Superman & Lois will premiere on February 23, 2021 on The CW. The date was announced on October 29 on the show's official social media channels. The release date was bumped up by a month from an original release window of "January 2021."
Will Superman & Lois stream on Netflix?
When Superman & Lois concludes its first season, it is not guaranteed to stream on Netflix like other CW shows. An agreement between Netflix and The CW, which dated back to 2011, was not renewed last year in 2019. This means parent company WarnerMedia has the option to shop new shows like Superman & Lois to other platforms. That means there is a possibility, but not a guarantee, that Superman & Lois will stream on Netflix.
A likely scenario will be that Superman & Lois streams on HBO Max, WarnerMedia's own platform where other DC shows like Batwoman, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn are currently available to watch on demand.
Is there a Superman & Lois trailer?
Not yet. DC FanDome came and went without a trailer for Superman & Lois. With the show's premiere date set for February 23, 2021, it's possible a trailer will premiere this autumn or winter.
What is Superman & Lois?
Superman & Lois is a new 13-episode series about the DC Comics icon, Superman, and his married life with award-winning reporter Lois Lane. It is a spin-off of the TV series Supergirl, which stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Zor-El/Supergirl, the cousin of Superman. While the coronavirus pandemic has forced many TV productions to pause, Supergirl is expected to air its sixth and final season in the future.
What is the plot of Superman & Lois?
The plot of Superman & Lois is unknown. But the premise is that Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane will juggle married life with two sons — Jonathan and Jordan Kent — and their careers as reporters.
How is Superman & Lois a different show from other Superman TV shows?
Unlike previous Superman shows, like Superboy and Smallville, the series will not be an origin story nor will it explore the teenage years of Clark Kent. Instead, reminiscent of the 1990s soap drama Lois & Clark with Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher, Superman & Lois will have an older, experienced Superman in his adulthood.
Revealed at DC FanDome, the Kents are living with two teenage sons in Clark's hometown of Smallville. The series begins with Clark and Lois having left the city of Metropolis in favor of small town, Midwestern living. All the while, Clark Kent suits up as Superman whenever the world is in danger.
Showrunner Todd Helbing said the premise aims to tell a "grounded" story, one that just happens to have a superhero. Helbing also revealed that sons Jonathan and Jordan will have their own superpowers.
"Speaking from experience, my boys are wildly different," Helbing said, "So we wanted to present two kids with different skill sets and how do you deal with that as parents."
Helbing also said that the multiverse re-mapping of "Crisis on Infinite Earths" allowed the producers to have a "blank slate," which led to aging up Jonathan Kent — introduced as an infant in the 2019 special — into a teenager. The show will also introduce Jordan Kent, Jon's twin brother and a new character invented for the series.
"I came from a small town in the Midwest and the town I grew up in had a business leave and sort of affected everyone in the town," Helbing said. "The town slowly started to dry up. It felt very current with recent years after [the financial crisis of] 2008. We wanted to tell the story where you have these two parents who, after this tragic event happens, move back to Smallville and find that it's easier to raise kids maybe in a place where life isn't so hectic as it is in Metropolis."
One of the biggest news revealed at DC FanDome is that Tyler Hoechlin's Superman will also get a new costume. “Originally [Tyler Hoechlin] came on for the crossovers and that suit wasn’t built to sustain a series. And I think in just everything that we were talking about, we have a fresh slate,” Helbing said. “There’s going to be a really badass Superman suit in this show that we’re pretty excited about.”
The show will also share continuity with the TV series Supergirl and the rest of the Arrowverse, which include shows like The Flash, Black Lightning, Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman. The annual crossover means Superman & Lois may pack in a lot more superheroes should there be a Season 2.
Who stars in the cast of Superman & Lois?
The cast for Superman & Lois currently includes:
- Tyler Hoechlin (Everybody Wants Some!!) as Clark Kent/Superman, a newspaper journalist who lives a double life as Superman. Hoechlin reprises his role from the Arrowverse franchise, having made previous appearances in episodes of Supergirl and crossover specials like "Elseworlds" and "Crisis on Infinite Earths."
- Elizabeth Tulloch (Grimm) as Lois Lane, a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter married to Clark Kent. Tulloch made her debut as Lois Lane in the 2018 crossover "Elseworlds" and returned in the 2019/2020 special "Crisis on Infinite Earths." At the end of "Crisis," Lois reveals to a surprised Clark the existence of their two young sons.
- Jordan Elsas (Little Fires Everywhere) as Jonathan Kent, the teenage son of Superman and Lois Lane who may take up the superhero identity "Superboy." (In the comics, Jonathan forms the duo "Super Sons" with Damian Wayne/Robin, the son of Bruce Wayne.)
- Alexander Garfin (The Peanuts Movie) as Jordan Kent, the twin brother of Jonathan and an original character with no comic book origins. In a report from Deadline, the two brothers contrast with Jonathan being "clean cut" and "modest" and Jordan being "wildly intelligent" who has a "mercurial temperament and social anxiety limits."
- Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) as General Lane, the father of Lois Lane. In a casting report by Deadline, Lane was described as "a no-nonsense Army general who’s determined to keep America, and the world, safe from all threats." The character was previously played by Glenn Morshower in Supergirl.
- Emmanuelle Chriqui (Entourage) as Lana Lang, a childhood friend of Clark/Superman and his first love. The two reconnect as adults in Superman & Lois. Entertainment Weekly revealed the series will introduce Lana as a loan officer at a Smallville bank in "one of the most difficult periods of her life." At DC FanDome, Helbing said there will be no extra-marital affair story with Lana Lang, but "that dynamic as an adult is really interesting to us. Those feelings are impossible to ignore, and I think that's a real thing for some people."
What Superman comics should I read?
Because of the inclusion of Jonathan Kent, it is remarkably easy to read select Superman comics for context. In short, anything after 2016, as that was the year of DC Rebirth and when Jonathan Kent became an important part of Superman's comics.
- Superman: Lois and Clark by Dan Jurgens and Lee Weeks, a prequel series that led up to the events of DC Rebirth.
- Superman: Rebirth by Peter Tomasi and Dan Jurgens, the primary Superman series featuring Jonathan Kent that arrived amidst the previous DC Comics relaunch, DC Rebirth.
- The Man of Steel by Brian Michael Bendis. When Tomasi and Jurgens left the Superman title for Marvel's Brian Michael Bendis and his leap to DC, Bendis' six-issue series The Man of Steel set up the pieces for his run on Superman and Action Comics.
- Superman by Brian Michael Bendis, the primary Superman title by Bendis.
- Action Comics by Brian Michael Bendis, the other big Superman series in which Bendis explores more grounded storylines set in and around the city of Metropolis.
Superman & Lois will premiere on The CW in January 2021.