Superman & Lois Goes Straight To Series
by Erik Amaya
Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) will be joining his cousin Kara (Melissa Benoist) in The CW galaxy of superhero series.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the network has ordered Superman & Lois and the Jared Padalecki-starring Walker, Texas Ranger. Both will debut in the 2020-2021 broadcast season. As THR notes, The CW prefers to pilot series — as it did for Batwoman and the potential Green Arrow & The Canaries series — but sidestepped the process in favor of a direct pick-up. The first few episodes of both series will be shot this spring.
Superman & Lois sees frequent Arrowverse guest stars Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch reprising their roles as Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Returning to Earth after an extended stay in Argo City (and the events of “Crisis on Infinite Earths”), the two adjust to lives as working parents. Though the notion of Lois and Clark as parents has been part of their story for sometime in the comics, the concept is a fresh take on the pair as television stars and makes for a clear distinction from the younger-skewing antics of The Flash or Legends of Tomorrow. The series also becomes the clear replacement for Arrow, which concludes its eight-year run in a few weeks. Former Flash showrunner Todd Helbing will serve as showrunner with Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter producing for Berlanti Productions. Geoff Johns will also be onboard as an executive producer.
The move now puts the spotlight on next week’s episode of Arrow — the backdoor pilot for Green Arrow and the Canaries. Will it make its way into the pantheon of CW superhero shows which is also set to include Stargirl later this Spring? Time will tell, of course. But at least Superman is finally back in action on television.