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Superman & Lois

2021 American superhero drama television series

For the 1993–1997 ABC television series, see Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.

Superman & Lois is an American superherodrama television series developed for The CW by Todd Helbing and Greg Berlanti, based on the DC Comics characters Superman and Lois Lane, created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch star as the title characters Clark Kent / Superman, a costumed superhero, and Lois Lane, a journalist for the Daily Planet. The series is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the franchise.

Superman & Lois was announced as a pilot in October 2019 and was ordered to series in January 2020. Filming began in October 2020 and concluded in July 2021. The series premiered on February 23, 2021. Superman & Lois was renewed for a second season in March 2021 and is scheduled to premiere in early 2022 on The CW.


Clark Kent / Superman and Lois Lane return to Smallville with their sons Jonathan and Jordan, where they are reacquainted with Lana Lang, her husband Kyle Cushing, and their daughter Sarah. Their idyllic lives are upended when The Stranger enters as well as the secret experiments of Morgan Edge.[1]

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Tyler Hoechlin as Kal-El / Clark Kent / Superman: A superhero from Krypton and husband of Lois who defends Earth.[2]Dylan Kingwell portrays a teenage Clark while Lennix James portrays a 4-year-old Clark.
    • Hoechlin also portrays an evil version of Superman from another Earth that works for his world's Morgan Edge.
    • Hoechlin also portrays General Zod when in the body of Superman.
  • Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane: A world-renowned journalist and wife of Clark.[2]
    • Tulloch also portrays a version of Lois Lane who was married to John Henry Irons and died at the hands of her world's Superman.
  • Jordan Elsass as Jonathan Kent: The modest, kind-hearted and athletic son of Clark and Lois. He is named after Clark's adoptive father, Jonathan Kent.[3] Brady Droulis portrays a 7-year-old Jonathan Kent.
  • Alex Garfin as Jordan Kent: The introspective son of Clark and Lois, who is an outcast with social anxiety.[3] He has inherited his father's powers, though his abilities only appear in "small bursts." He is named after Clark's biological father, Jor-El. Dawson Littman portrays a 7-year-old Jordan Kent.
    • Garfin also portrays Zeta-Rho when in the body of Jordan Kent.
  • Erik Valdez as Kyle Cushing: Husband of Lana Lang and Smallville's fire chief. A callous and abrasive alcoholic, he carries a chip on his shoulder about living in a small town, with imagined grievances about large cities; is contemptuous of the press; is pro-big business, at any cost.[4]
  • Inde Navarrette as Sarah Cushing: Kyle and Lana's "wild child" daughter who befriends the Kent boys and serves as Jordan's love interest.[5]
  • Wolé Parks as John Henry Irons / The Stranger: A mysterious visitor from an unidentified parallel Earth who is hellbent on proving to the world that it no longer needs Superman. But later he learns that Superman is the savior of Earth and later teams up with him to protect people from threats of Morgan Edge.[6][7]
    • Parks' image was also used to portray Earth-Prime's John Henry Irons, who is mentioned to have been killed in action.
  • Adam Rayner as Morgan Edge / Tal-Rho / Eradicator: "an intelligent, eloquent and impassioned self-made mogul whose innate ability to motivate is the means to his success and others’ demise.”[8] He is later revealed to be Kal-El's half-brother known as Tal-Rho through Kal’s mother Lara Lor-Van and Zeta-Rho with plans to restore the Kryptonian race.[9] Jack Rehbein and Ben Cockell portray a 10-year-old Tal-Rho and a 19-year-old Tal-Rho, respectively.
  • Dylan Walsh as Sam Lane: Father of Lois and grandfather of Jonathan and Jordan, a no-nonsense, workaholic Army general who is determined to keep America and the world safe from all threats.[10]
    • Walsh also portrays a version of Sam Lane who was killed in conflict against his world's version of Superman.
  • Emmanuelle Chriqui as Lana Lang-Cushing: An old friend of Clark Kent and the loan officer at Smallville Bank.[11]
    • Chriqui also portrays Kal-El and Tal-Rho's mother, Lara Lor-Van, in the body of Lana Lang.


  • Joselyn Picard as Sophie Cushing: The "spirited and rebellious" younger daughter of Lana Lang and Kyle Cushing and the sister of Sarah.[12]
  • Daisy Tormé as the voice of the A.I. Device: An unnamed A.I. that works for John Henry Irons.
  • Fritzy Klevans-Destine as Sean Smith: A student at Smallville High School and football player who is Sarah’s ex-boyfriend and originally antagonizes the Kent brothers.
  • Wern Lee as Tag Harris: A student at Smallville and a friend of Sean Smith who developed vibration abilities upon being exposed to yellow phosphorescence the day Jordan's heat vision manifested.
  • Zane Clifford as Timmy Ryan: A student at Smallville High School who is a friend of Sean Smith.
  • Dee Jay Jackson as Cobb Branden: A farmer and a friend of the Kent family.
  • Stacey Farber as Leslie Larr: Born Irma Sayres, Leslie is a woman with super-strength and heat vision who works as the personal assistant to Morgan Edge.[13] Her abilities come from being experimented on by X-Kryptonite.
  • Sofia Hasmik as Chrissy Beppo: A "go-getter" journalist at the Smallville Gazette who has a "chance encounter" that changes her life.[14]
  • Angus Macfadyen as Jor-El: Clark Kent's biological Kryptonian father. Though he died along with Krypton, a copy of his consciousness is encoded virtually as an A.I. within the arctic Fortress of Solitude in hologram form to provide guidance when his son seeks help.[15]
  • Danny Wattley as Gaines: The football coach at Smallville High School.
  • Hesham Hammoud as Lieutenant Colonel Reno Rosetti: A military officer of the U.S. Army, serving under General Sam Lane.
  • Eric Keenleyside as George Dean: The Mayor of Smallville.
  • Austin Anozie as Malcolm Teague: A student at Smallville High School.
  • Kelcey Mawema as Denise Olowe: A student at Smallville High School.
  • Jill Teed as Sharon Powell: A woman whose son was offered a job by Morgan Edge and later gets targeted by Subjekt-11.
  • Pavel Romano as Corey Wellnitz: A student at Smallville High School.
  • Tori Katongo as Tamera Dalley: A firefighter for Smallville Fire Department.
  • Leeah Wong as Emily Phan: A resident of Smallville and one of Morgan Edge's experiments, who made her gain Kryptonian powers.
  • Kayla Heller as Tegan Wickhem: A student at Smallville High School who catches Jonathan’s eye.
  • Shawn Stewart as Jasper Townes: A resident of Smallville and one of Morgan Edge's experiments.
  • Kennedy Chew as Avery Phan: A student at Smallville High School.
  • A.C. Peterson as Zeta-Rho: The father of Tal-Rho and ex-husband of Lara Lor-Van. Like Jor-El, a copy of his consciousness is encoded virtually as an A.I. within Tal-Rho's desert hideout in hologram form.
  • Ian Bohen as Lieutenant Mitch Anderson: The metaphorical “new sheriff in town” at the DOD. His worldview divides into two types – those you serve and those who serve you. He doesn’t like that Superman exists outside that paradigm and tries to bring the Man of Steel under his authority officially.[16]


  • Michele Scarabelli as Martha Kent: The adoptive mother of Clark Kent. She dies of a stroke in the first episode.
  • Fred Henderson as Jonathan Kent: The adoptive father of Clark Kent. He died of a heart attack while Clark was still a teenager.
  • Paul Jarrett as Perry White: The editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet before Morgan Edge bought it out.
  • Daniel Cudmore as David Fuglestad / Subjekt-11:[17] A man with super-strength that rivals Superman's super-strength due to having been experimented on with X-Kryptonite.
  • Clayton James as Derek Powell: A miner and Sharon's son who took a job by Morgan Edge. After being killed in an accident, Derek was revived by Morgan and Leslie using X-Kryptonite that gave him Kryptonian abilities.
  • Brendan Fletcher as Thaddeus Killgrave: A mad scientist and old enemy of Superman who works with Intergang.
  • Robel Zere as Dabney Donovan: An associate of Morgan Edge who assists in his experiments with X-Kryptonite.
  • Tayler Buck as Natalie Irons: John Henry Irons' daughter from his Earth with an alternate version of Lois Lane.
  • Wendy Crewson as Dr. Wiles: A Department of Defense (DOD) therapist whom Lois sees.
  • Charles Jarman as Ron Troupe: A reporter from the Daily Planet during Clark's early days.
  • David Ramsey as John Diggle: An A.R.G.U.S. agent and friend of Clark and Lois. Ramsey reprises his role from Arrow.[18]


Season 1 (2021)[edit]

Season 2[edit]



The series was announced in October 2019 and executive produced by Todd Helbing, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schecter and Geoff Johns with Helbing penning the script for the series.[2] On January 14, 2020, The CW officially ordered Superman & Lois to series.[36] The first season consisted of 15 episodes.[37] The series Everwood and Friday Night Lights served as inspirations for the series, given they were also family dramas. Helbing explained many aspects of Superman & Lois were approached as if it were a feature film, such as the aspect ratio, cinematography, and production design, saying, "We are competing with shows on cable and streamers…we wanted to be able to do that and offer audiences something of equal quality".[1] On March 2, 2021, The CW renewed the series for a second season.[38]


In November 2020, series writer Nadria Tucker announced she was fired from the show, claiming it was for "pushing back on racist and sexist storylines." She also claimed she worked on all 15 episodes of the first season, but was only paid for 13 of them.[39][40][41] In a statement, WBTV claimed that "Warner Bros. Television did not exercise its option to extend her [contract] for additional episodes" and that "WBTV was transparent and told her why it was not picking up her option."[42]

Speaking to the lack of greater Arrowverse connections in the first season, Helbing felt there was "this weird set of circumstances where, because of production or timing or COVID, everything in the show that was related to the Arrowverse has gotten pulled out". He added that as development progressed further away from the "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover, "it felt like we were opening a can of worms every time we had to explain the connection", though he was hopeful more connections or proper crossovers could occur in the second season.[43]


Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch were signed on to reprise their roles as Clark Kent and Lois Lane from Supergirl.[2] In February 2020, Jordan Elsass and Alexander Garfin were cast as Clark and Lois' sons Jonathan Kent and Jordan Kent, respectively.[3] In April, Dylan Walsh was cast as Samuel Lane. Walsh replaces Glenn Morshower, who previously recurred in the role on Supergirl.[10]Emmanuelle Chriqui was also cast as Lana Lang,[11] along with Erik Valdez as Kyle Cushing.[4] The next month, Wolé Parks was cast as "The Stranger" while Inde Navarrette was cast as Sarah Cushing.[6][5] Additionally, Adam Rayner portrays Morgan Edge, who was previously portrayed by Adrian Pasdar in Supergirl.[8]

In October 2020, Sofia Hasmik and Stacey Farber were cast in the recurring roles of Chrissy Beppo and Leslie Larr, respectively.[14][13] In December 2020, David Ramsey was revealed to be reprising his Arrow role of John Diggle in addition to directing at least one episode in the series.[18] In June 2021, Hasmik was promoted to a series regular for the second season.[44] In August 2021, Taylor Buck, who guest starred in the first season, was promoted to a series regular for the second season.[45] In October 2021, Ian Bohen was cast in a recurring role as Lt. Mitch Anderson for the second season.[46]


Production on the pilot was expected to begin on March 23, 2020, in Vancouver, British Columbia, and conclude on May 14.[47] However, on March 13, 2020, plans to shoot a pilot were delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, to either June or July of that year.[48][49] In late July 2020, Warner Bros. Television planned for the Vancouver-based production to restart in late August.[50] Filming of season 1 began on October 21, 2020 and concluded on July 2, 2021.[51][52][53] The series is filmed on location in Surrey, British Columbia.[54][55] Season 2 began filming on September 15, 2021.[34]


Superman & Lois premiered on February 23, 2021,[56] with an encore presentation on February 27, on the cable network TNT, followed by the special, Superman & Lois: Legacy of Hope, which features behind the scenes footage, interviews with the cast, and special guests discussing the legacy of Superman.[57]CTV Sci-Fi Channel airs the series in Canada.[58] After a delay in production caused by COVID-19, the series went on hiatus after the fifth episode, during which the sixth season of Supergirl took over the series' timeslot.[59] The second season is expected to premiere in early 2022.[35] The entire first season of Superman & Lois became available on HBO Max on September 17, 2021.[60]

Home media[edit]

Season one of Superman & Lois was released on Blu-ray and DVD on October 19, 2021.[60]


Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 88% based on 41 reviews, with an average rating of 7.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Though it may be a bit too grounded for some viewers, Superman & Lois draws strength from unexpected places – without skimping on the action – to carve its own path in a crowded superhero universe."[61] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 64 out of 100 based on 15 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[62]


The pilot episode was the most-streamed premiere out of all CW shows.[63] It was also the second-best premiere of any series since the debut of Batwoman in October 2019.[64] In addition, the premiere was streamed by 716,000 households according to Samba TV.[65]


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How Superman & Lois brings the Man of Steel mythos down to earth — and into a new era

This article was written independently by Entertainment Weekly's editorial team and meets our editorial standards. The CW is a paid advertising partner in Winter 2021.

Tyler Hoechlin remembers the moment he realized Superman & Lois would be unlike any of his past experiences playing the Man of Steel in the Arrowverse. It was during the first week of production on the pandemic-delayed pilot, in November. When Hoechlin arrived on the Vancouver set to shoot a scene from the sweeping montage that kicks off the CW superhero saga, he passed a monitor and was struck by the shot being set up — and not because it was some big action sequence. Rather, it was a quiet moment involving Clark Kent and Lois Lane's twin boys, Jordan and Jonathan.

"It was just the shot of young Jordan on the porch in the very beginning of the pilot where Lois and Clark are watching Jonathan throw the football at the tire, and then it comes down low and you see Jordan is kind of scribbling on his notepad," Hoechlin, 33, recalls to EW. "Just seeing that one shot was like an instantaneous thing of, 'Oh, okay. This is different. I have not seen this shot before on some of the other stuff… This is a very everyday moment.'"

That little slice of life aligns with the ethos of Superman & Lois. While it will have its share of epic fights and stunning shots of the countryside at golden hour, the show fancies itself a family drama first and foremost. It just so happens that the family includes fandom's most popular superhero and journalist.

Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent and Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane on 'Superman & Lois'
| Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW

The latest spin-off in Greg Berlanti's Arrowverse, Superman & Lois follows Clark (Hoechlin) and Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) as they juggle their jobs and saving the world with raising their teenage sons: football golden child Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) and socially anxious Jordan (Alexander Garfin). With the specter of one or both of the boys possibly inheriting their father's remarkable powers hanging over them and the realization they've been prioritizing their careers at the expense of the family's wellbeing, the couple decide to leave Metropolis and move back to the Kent farm in Smallville. But a simple change of scenery doesn't make their lives any less hectic, thanks to Clark constantly flying off to save the day and the arrival of a mysterious stranger (Wolé Parks) with a vendetta against the Last Son of Krypton. Even with these larger-than-life threats, though, the series is much more interested in the mundane perils families face, such as economic insecurity, loss, and mental illness.

"The core of the show is rooted in this family and their struggles," Tulloch says. "The way [showrunner Todd Helbing] was talking about it was, you want it to be kind of grittier. You want it to feel grounded, and you want to really believe that what they're going through, other people can go through too."

While there have been many live-action Superman adaptations, none have explored the character at this point in his life. (The comics only reached a similar point five years ago, after DC's Rebirth initiative, which established that Clark and Lois had a superpowered son named Jonathan). For that reason, Helbing refers to the series as being "post-mythology."

"There's no version where Lois and Clark are married and have two teenage boys," says Helbing, whose first TV writing credit was on a season 7 episode of Smallville. "We're going to explore stories that haven't been told in a way that they haven't been told before."

"Seeing him struggle as a dad brings in a whole other element," says Hoechlin, who first appeared as Superman in the season 2 premiere of Supergirl and has since guest-starred in two Arrowverse crossovers. "To see somebody who, in one part of his life, feels supremely confident, but in the other areas is still trying to figure it out, I thought that was a really appealing way of approaching a character that had been done several times before… It's really an opportunity to feel uncomfortable. To find ways that he's having to work through his discomfort [parenting] and things like that is always a fun challenge."

Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW

Another challenge was figuring out how to make Superman & Lois in the first place. The show's origin story begins in 2019, following Tulloch's well-received debut as Lois alongside Hoechlin in 2018's "Elseworlds." Helbing decided to step down as showrunner of The Flash so that he could focus on developing new projects. "I actually was working on a couple other shows, and I swore that I would take a break from superhero stuff," he says. But that spring, Berlanti, on the verge of securing the rights to Superman, phoned Helbing and asked if he'd be interested in taking the project on. Helbing was flattered that the prolific producer thought of him for the job, but he was initially at a loss for what to do with Superman that would be new and fresh.

"[Berlanti] was like, 'Well, let's just do a family show,'" Helbing recalls. "He's like, 'Clark and Lois are married. I don't know anything else, so let's start there.'"

From there they started developing the series, using acclaimed family dramas like Friday Night Lights and Berlanti's own Everwood as their North Star. Helbing also drew on his own life for inspiration. For example, he initially considered giving Clark and Lois a girl and a boy but ultimately opted for two sons instead because he himself is raising two "wildly different boys." And the Smallville that the Kent family returns to isn't an idyllic portrait of Americana like it was on the WB/CW's Smallville. On Superman & Lois, Smallville has fallen on hard times, a detail that was inspired by Helbing's own hometown facing economic hardships during the Great Recession.

"Whenever I would go back, I would slowly see this town dry up," Helbing says. "There's so many small towns in America where this is happening, and it just felt like a current way to reflect on just kind of what's happening in our country right now. There's a line that Kyle Cushing [the husband of Clark's childhood friend Lana Lang] says where he's like, 'You know, it used to be that people would leave, go get educated, and bring their skills back to the town that helped raise them, and that's not happening anymore.' And I think that's true. Like I'm a perfect example of that."

Even with that strong foundation, writing the pilot was a challenge for Helbing. The hardest part was figuring out how Clark would reveal that he's Superman to Jonathan and Jordan. "Just like the way to make that feel real and not like it is a trope, not like people have seen that a million times before, and have it land on you as a viewer in the same way that it's landing on the boys and Clark and Lois," says Helbing, who wanted to resist referencing any of Superman's canonical unmaskings in favor of something more grounded.

Beyond the focus on raising two teenagers, Superman & Lois is also visually distinctive, moving away from the bright, poppy aesthetic of network siblings like The Flash and Supergirl. Taking cues from Interstellar, Days of Heaven, Man of Steel, and Friday Night Lights, Helbing — along with pilot director Lee Toland Krieger and pilot cinematographer Gavin Struthers — opted for an earthy, muted palette, reflecting the show's grounded tone and the poor state of its Midwestern town. They also convinced the CW to let them shoot in a widescreen aspect ratio with anamorphic lenses, tools usually reserved for feature films.

"[This] is Superman. We needed a canvas that has great scope and scale, which is why we shot it with anamorphic lenses," says Krieger, who previously directed the stylish pilots for Berlanti's You, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and Riverdale. "Something we talked about is that there needed to be a bit of a gear change in the superhero landscape, I think, largely because look at where television is. You have television as superb as The Crown, Mindhunter, and Escape at Dannemora. The list goes on and on and on, just superb feature-level filmmaking in television. It's just a different world than season 1 of The Flash or season 1 of Arrow."

Speaking of the rest of the Arrowverse, there was a moment during development when Helbing wondered if he was pushing Superman & Lois too far away from the franchise, especially Supergirl, which is ending later this year and has already mined a lot from the Superman mythos.

"Obviously working in this universe for as long as I did, I wanted to feel like we were a part of the whole, [but] we were making these choices that were very different than a lot of other shows," he says. "After I talked to [Supergirl showrunners] Robert Rovner and Jessica Queller, they sort of released me from my fears. They were like, 'Look, Todd, you're more worried about this than you should be because Supergirl has existed for [six seasons] and Superman is off doing his own thing. He's on his own adventures. It doesn't worry us that they can simultaneously exist at all.' That was quite a sigh of relief."

Credit: Dean Buscher/The CW

While there aren't any overt references to the rest of the Arrowverse in the series premiere, you can expect some in the rest of the season. "There's a nod that I don't think anybody has picked up yet in episode 2," Helbing teases. "As the season progresses, you're going to hear a little bit more about it. You know, we have John Diggle [David Ramsey] coming over. So it's certainly not like we're ignoring anything. We're just not playing it the same way as it's been played on the other shows."

While Superman & Lois is a family drama at heart, it won't be lacking in superheroic adventures. In fact, Clark and Lois will each have their own nemesis: Clark has Parks' aforementioned stranger, and Lois will use her journalistic skills to match wits with corrupt billionaire Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner), who not only bought the Daily Planet but also has eyes on Smallville.

"Part of why I think this show is so timely is that you do have this billionaire evil corporate figure who is sort of relatable," Tulloch says. "Lois kind of has to take him on, on her own. At least at the beginning of the season, it really is her trying to take him down and Clark thinking, 'We just got to Smallville. Maybe let it go and let's try to fit in here a little more.' Part of what makes Lois Lane Lois Lane is that she is uncompromising, and [when] she smells a rat, she wants to go after him."

"We wanted to have a villain for Superman and a villain for Lois," says Helbing, "and then find a way for those two to speak to each other and ultimately merge in a way that's entertaining and satisfactory and speaks to the mythology of Superman." Coming into Superman & Lois, Helbing hopes viewers "shift what you're expecting to see" on a week-to-week basis. In the same way that every Friday Night Lights episode didn't culminate in a football game, the same can be said of Superman & Lois in terms of the comic book thrills. "Sometimes the Superman story is a true Superman story, and it's just him being kickass and influences the story in a way that you might not expect, which is episode 3. Sometimes it's a new villain, but it speaks to the larger picture of the season. Sometimes it has to do with the mythology of the season," says Helbing, who reveals that season 1 will feature the villain Killgrave. "We didn't want to do freak-of-the-week [like Smallville], we didn't necessarily want to do one villain, and we didn't necessarily want to do what [The Flash showrunner] Eric Wallace is doing, where he has a graphic-novel approach. We kind of wanted to do our own thing, but the true north was really: How is the family reacting to what is going on around them? And what's the true meaning of that?"

Superman & Lois — which also stars Emmanuelle Chriqui, Dylan Walsh, and Erik Valdez — premieres Tuesday at 8 p.m. on The CW.

This story has been updated to correctly reflect that there are six seasons of Supergirl, not seven as previously stated.

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Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman

This article is about the 1990s television series. For other similar titles, see Adventures of Superman. For the 2021 CW television series, see Superman & Lois.

American television series 1993-1997

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman is an American superhero television series based on the DC Comics character Superman created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. It stars Dean Cain as Clark Kent / Superman and Teri Hatcher as Lois Lane. The series aired on ABC from September 12, 1993, to June 14, 1997.[1]

Developed for television by Deborah Joy LeVine,[2] the series loosely followed the modern origin of Superman, established by writer John Byrne, in which Clark Kent is the true personality and Superman a disguise. The series focuses on the relationship and romance between Lois and Clark as much as the adventures of Clark's alter-ego, Superman.[3]


On May 17, 1966, Jonathan and Martha Kent (Eddie Jones and K. Callan) witness the crash-landing of a small spaceship in Shuster's Field outside of Smallville, Kansas. When they investigate, they discover the baby Kal-El and decide to raise him as their own, naming him Clark Jerome Kent (Dean Cain). Throughout the series, Clark proudly states his mother made his Superman costume for him. Clark often consults his parents either by telephone or in person, after impromptu Superman flights to Smallville, about personal and moral concerns and dilemmas.

The series opens twenty-seven years later, on the day Clark moves to Metropolis after leaving his position as a newspaper editor of Smallville Press and interviews for a job at the Daily Planet under editor Perry White (Lane Smith). Clark becomes acquainted with photographer Jimmy Olsen (Michael Landes in season 1, Justin Whalin thereafter) and gossip columnist Cat Grant (Tracy Scoggins). Soon after being hired, Clark is partnered with star reporter Lois Lane (Teri Hatcher). Clark falls in love with Lois at first sight. When Superman saves Lois from a space shuttle disaster, she instantly becomes infatuated with Clark's alter-ego, and names him Superman.

Superman's first mission interferes with the illegal dealings of Lex Luthor (John Shea), a Metropolis business giant and benefactor. After Luthor's plot was stopped, Superman let Luthor know he is watching him and the two become arch-enemies. However, Clark respects Luthor's life, even surreptitiously using his superpowers to save Lex from bleeding to death. Luthor sees Superman as a worthy opponent; he ultimately discovers his weakness to kryptonite and realizes he has a secret identity, vowing to learn it in hopes of making the hero's life difficult.


DC Comics president Jenette Kahn had been working for several years to sell the concept of a Superman television series. The series would be different. In 1991 Leslie Moonves and Deborah Joy LeVine helped sell the series to ABC television network with a new title, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.[4]

The series mirrored John Byrne's reboot of Superman, making Clark Kent more assertive and less clumsy. A few episodes directly emphasized that Clark was the unequivocal dominant personality, not Superman. Following this theme, an innovation unique to the series was the depiction of Clark Kent and Superman's traditional hairstyles being reversed—in this series, it is Superman whose hair is slicked back and Clark whose fringe falls more naturally. An additional element that reflected the post-Byrne comics was the portrayal of Lex Luthor (at least initially) as a corrupt corporate tycoon rather than the traditional mad scientist.

Many of the stories in season one involved normal human criminals using advanced and powerful technology or involved in large and dangerous conspiracies—most, if not all, of the Lex Luthor stories of season one. After season one, series creator Deborah Joy LeVine left the show as a producer, and a new production team took over the series. Episode plots gradually shifted from those in which Lois, Clark, and Superman only became involved with criminal elements or dangerous situations through their own initiative to more fantastic plots. The show often centered on comic-style villains who specifically targeted Lois, Superman, or Clark from the beginning, rather than endangering the protagonists reactively when they became threats to other criminal plans. Later plots frequently revolved around villains with special superhuman powers and abilities.

A fifth season of the series was initially announced by ABC. When the network unexpectedly canceled plans for season five, the producers and writers of the show were unprepared. The series ended on a cliffhanger in which Clark and Lois find an infant in their home with a note saying the child belongs to them. This mystery was never solved on the series.

Series history[edit]

Main article: List of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman episodes

Season one[edit]

Teri Hatcher and Dean Cain received critical praise for their performances.[5][6]Lane Smith breathed life and humor into the Daily Planet editor-in-chief Perry White and John Shea received positive reviews for his portrayal of Lex Luthor. Michael Landes portrayed a modern-day Jimmy Olsen and Tracy Scoggins a comedic portrayal of Cat Grant. Lex Luthor's death in the season finale occurred after disagreements between Shea and the producers over the actor's strenuous commute between New York and Los Angeles. No longer a regular cast member, he reappeared once in season two, twice in season three, and once in season four.[7]

Luthor develops an interest in Lois Lane and through most of the first season tries to woo her. Although Lois is receptive to his romantic advances, she remains infatuated with Superman. Lois also develops feelings for Clark, but represses or denies them. Luthor eventually proposes marriage to Lois. Clark, seeing he may lose Lois, attempts to convince her of Luthor's true nature, but fails. In a last-ditch attempt, Clark tells Lois that he is in love with her; she replies that she does not return his feelings but cares for him deeply as a friend. Later, Lois asks Superman if there is any chance of a romance between the two of them. Superman turns her down and Lois accepts Luthor's proposal. Luthor decides to coincide his nuptials with the death of Superman, whom he traps in a kryptonite cage in the wine cellar of Luthor Tower, which also contains the chapel where the wedding will occur. As the wedding approaches, Lois realizes she loves Clark and says no to Lex at the altar.

Clark had been working with Perry and Jimmy to expose Lex and they have enough evidence for the police to interrupt the wedding. Lex eludes the police and jumps from his penthouse office to his apparent death. Superman has escaped the cage and, as Clark, rejoins Lois. However, his powers have been diminished by kryptonite and he cannot stop the villain from falling to the pavement. Newspapers report that Lex's body has been stolen from the morgue and hint he may not be dead. Clark, fearing his unrequited love for Lois may damage their relationship, tells her his profession of love was only out of a desire to protect her from Lex. Lois, who was about to tell Clark that she loves him too, instead keeps it to herself and their relationship remains a friendship.

Season two[edit]

In season two, the character of Cat Grant was dropped, and Michael Landes was replaced with Justin Whalin as Jimmy Olsen. The official reason, according to Landes, was that he looked too similar to Dean Cain.[8] On the show, the explanation is that he has changed with age. Series creator Deborah Joy LeVine and the entire first-season writing team were also dismissed. The new producer, Robert Singer, planned a stronger focus on action;[9] the show also shifted its focus onto the budding romance between Lois and Clark.

Lex Luthor returned in one episode and other villains from the comics, such as The Prankster, Metallo, the Toyman and the criminal group known as Intergang, began to appear. This season also featured the debut of fan-favorite villain Tempus (Lane Davies) and H. G. Wells appeared as a time-traveler. Wells's younger self was played by Terry Kiser, and the older Wells was played by Hamilton Camp.

During the season, Clark and Lois begin to consider dating but are interrupted by Mayson Drake (Farrah Forke), a district attorney who takes a romantic interest in Clark but has a total lack of regard for Superman. Mayson dies as Lois and Clark have their first date. In the next episode, a federal agent named Dan Scardino (Jim Pirri) becomes a rival to Clark for Lois' affections. After initially spurning Dan, Lois decides to date Dan when Clark frequently has to suddenly leave their talks or get-togethers to save other people (as Superman) but offers ridiculous reasons for why he had to suddenly depart. Lois eventually decides she has more feelings for Clark than for Dan, and they begin dating more seriously. In the season finale, Clark comes close to telling Lois his secret but does not, first because of his uncertainty about her reaction, and then interruptions by people plotting to expose his identity to the world. At the end of the final episode, Clark proposes to Lois but Lois' response is left as a cliffhanger for the next season. Season two became a success and garnered higher ratings in its initial airings, ending the season in 58th place.

Season three[edit]

Season three averaged more than 18 million viewers per episode and ranked 44th for the season. In the premiere episode, in responding to Clark's marriage proposal, Lois reveals that she knows Clark's secret identity and expresses concern about how she can trust him when he has kept that secret from her for so long. They spend more time together and after having a few disagreements which then get resolved with them being even closer, she accepts Clark's proposal in the seventh episode, "Ultra Woman." ABC announced that the wedding would occur on Valentine's Day weekend; with ABC sending heart-shaped "wedding invitations" to ABC News staff. A controversy erupted, when ABC presents the viewers with a bogus wedding, with Clark unwittingly married to a clone of Lois.[10] This was the start of a five-part story, in which Lois is kidnapped by Lex Luthor, replaced by a clone, the real Lois suffering from amnesia, and Clark trying to find the real Lois Lane.

In the third-season premiere, Lois has discovered Superman's secret identity. Initially, she resents Clark not telling her. After they separate for a time, Lois dates Patrick Sullivan, an antique dealer who is plotting to kill her in a sacrificial druid ritual, and she and Clark carry out assignments where they either pose as a married couple or are alone together for an entire weekend. Lois finally accepts Clark's engagement ring after acquiring his powers and temporarily becoming a superhero named Ultra Woman. Lois suffers a bout of amnesia and hallucinates their wedding. Once she recovers, Lois and Clark are still engaged when two other Kryptonians come to Earth, one of whom is Clark's wife. They insist Clark go with them to save their world, New Krypton, from domination by an evil tyrant named Lord Nor; Clark leaves Lois, taking her wedding ring to remember her and as a promise to return as quickly as possible. While committed to each other, they both doubt he will ever return.

Season four[edit]

The final season had several two-part episodes. It began with the resolution of a cliffhanger involving a previously unknown colony of Kryptonians. Lois and Clark finally wed in the third episode of the season entitled "Swear To God, This Time We're Not Kidding". The same week, DC Comics released Superman: The Wedding Album, featuring the long-awaited marriage of Lois and Clark. The series ended on a cliffhanger in which Lois and Clark find an infant in Clark's old bassinet, along with a note that claimed the child belonged to them.

During the fourth season, ABC had announced a fifth season of the show; its producers and writers were unprepared when ABC later decided that no new episodes would be produced. The series had weakened in its Sunday 8:00 pm timeslot and had been shifted to 7:00 pm in January, and was moved to Saturdays in the spring.[11] The ratings dropped even further, and the show finished its last season in 104th place, averaging less than 10 million viewers per episode. It was removed from the schedule in May 1997.[11] ABC made up for its commitment to Warner Bros. by ordering thirteen episodes of a Debra Messing drama, Prey.

The fourth season starts with Clark heading toward New Krypton, while the evil tyrant Nor has instead invaded Earth, so Clark returns just as Nor takes over Smallville. He and Lois defeat the tyrant and persuade the New Kryptonians to allow Clark to stay on Earth. After another failed wedding ceremony, Lois and Clark get married. Evil forces continue to assault them, delaying their honeymoon, but eventually, the couple moves into a new home. Throughout the season they strengthen their bond, despite some disagreements and villains trying to destroy them. The newlywed reporters discover that Clark cannot father a child with Lois, but at the end of the last episode, a child mysteriously appears. This mystery was never resolved in the television series; however Brad Buckner, executive producer, and writer for the third and fourth seasons, later revealed the planned story was that the child "was Kryptonian royalty, stashed by his mother to keep him safe from assassins."[12]


Principal cast members of season one.

Principal cast members of the rest of the series run.

Main cast[edit]


Special guest[edit]

Novels, collected editions and related merchandise[edit]

Lois & Clark: A Superman Novel by author C. J. Cherryh, based on the television series, was released in 1996. The novel was published in a Science Fiction Book Club hardcover edition and a paperback edition by Prima Publishing.[16] The book is an example of superhero/romantic fantasy.

Other novels based on the series include:

  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Heat Wave[17]
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Exile[18]
  • Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman: Deadly Games[19]

DC Comics published a comic book collected edition, Lois & Clark, The New Adventures of Superman, in 1994, which featured a selection of modern era stories by John Byrne and other writers and artists. The collection includes an introduction by Byrne, with the show's star Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher as Lois and Clark on the cover.

  • Lois & Clark, The New Adventures of Superman – collects The Man of Steel #2, Superman Annual vol. 2 #1, Superman vol. 2 #9 and 11, Action Comics #600 and 655, Adventures of Superman #445, 462, and 466.

Skybox released in 1995 a series of trading cards based on the first season of the show. 90 trading cards were issued alongside 9 special cards, a series of temporary tattoos and two illustrated cards by well known artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell.[citation needed]


United States[edit]

From September 1997 to August 2003 all four seasons of the show were aired on TNT television network.

United Kingdom[edit]

The series premiered on BBC One on Saturday, January 8, 1994, with repeat showings until 2002. In the UK the series was retitled The New Adventures of Superman. The BBC held the rights to premiere the first three seasons. It also aired on CBBC's Saturday Aardvark strand (later known as Planet Saturday) at 8:30 am. BBC Two has also repeated the series at tea times alongside The Simpsons, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and many others. Sky One held the premiere rights to the fourth season in 1997 and broadcast the show under the original full title. The BBC broadcast the episodes a few weeks later. Sky One broadcast seasons one, two and three just before the premiere of season four in early 1997. UK Gold, Sky Living, Bravo, Channel One and ITV2 have also repeated the series. BBC2 last repeated season one in late 2005. Satellite channel Syfy repeated the first two seasons and the first half of season three in 2012, before replacing it with Smallville.

Republic of Ireland[edit]

The series aired on RTÉ One from 1995 to 1998 and regularly rerun on TG4 from 2000 to 2002.

Home media[edit]

Warner Home Video has released all four seasons of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman on DVD in Regions 1, 2, and 4.

Complete Season Episodes Release dates
Region 1Region 2Region 4
1 21 June 7, 2005[25]July 5, 2006[26]June 14, 2006[27]
2 22 January 17, 2006[28]July 5, 2006[29]June 14, 2006[30]
3 22 June 20, 2006[31]September 6, 2006[32]November 1, 2006[33]
4 22 November 14, 2006[34]December 6, 2006[35]November 1, 2006[36]


Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (Original Television Soundtrack)
ReleasedNovember 4, 1997
LabelSonic Images

All music is composed by Jay Gruska.

1."Main Title Theme"1:06
3."Lois & Clark Courting"3:13
4."Final Proposal"2:02
5."Clark in the Country"1:45
6."Final Battle"4:36
7."Lois' Big Band"1:14
8."Clark's Salsa"1:47
9."Superman Says Goodbye"4:25
10."Lois & Clark's New Home"2:53
11."Baby Dreams"3:12
13."Superman Flies Home"1:26
14."Lois & Clark's First Love Theme"1:36
15."Virtual Reality"2:37
16."Tez Arrives"1:06
17."Zarah & Ching"3:51
19."Clark Fun"1:25
20."Playing the Game"1:19
21."Main Title Theme (Extended Mix)"5:38
Total length:57:26
  • Mastered at Capitol Records, Hollywood
  • Digital editing, pre-mastering: Bruno Coon
  • Engineers:
    • Greg Townley (all orchestral recording)
    • Michael Eric Hutchinson
    • Bobby Fernandez ("Main Title Theme" — recording & mixing)
    • Ray Pyle ("Main Title Theme extended mix" — recording & mixing)
  • Art Direction: Doerte Lau
  • Design: Andreas Adamec

Awards and nominations[edit]

See also[edit]


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  2. ^Rosenberg, Howard (September 11, 1993). "Lois & Clark Soars, and So Does Townsend". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  3. ^O'Connor, John J. (April 9, 1995). "TELEVISION VIEW; That Man In a Cape Is Still Flying". The New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  4. ^Cronin, Brian (May 11, 2006). "Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #50!". Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  5. ^Tucker, Ken (December 8, 1995). "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  6. ^Tucker, Ken (January 17, 2015). "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 26, 2015.
  7. ^Cerone, Daniel (September 17, 1994). "TV's 'Superman' Undergoing a Planetary Shift". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  8. ^On the DVD commentary for the pilot of Lois & Clark, Dean Cain said that he and Landes looked as though they could be related.
  9. ^"History of Lois and Clark – Part 3". Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  10. ^Chris Ruppenthal(writers) & Jim Pohl (director) (February 11, 1996). "I Now Pronounce You...". Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. Season 2. Episode 15. ABC.
  11. ^ abAllstetter, Rob (August 1997). "'Lois & Clark' Meets Kryptonite". Wizard (72). p. 119.
  12. ^Byrne, Craig (August 2003). "Lois & Clark Interviews: Executive Producer Brad Buckner - 2003". Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  13. ^Meisler, Andy (October 16, 1994). "A Familiar Name, but I Can't Place the Face". The New York Times. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  14. ^"A Younger Jimmy Joins 'Lois & Clark'". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved October 22, 2010.
  15. ^Mendoza, N.F. (March 26, 1995). "As ABC's second assigned Jimmy Olsen, Justin Whalin hits the newsroom running". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 10, 2021.
  16. ^Cherryh, C. J (August 1996). Lois & Clark: A Superman Novel. Prima Lifestyles. ISBN .
  17. ^Friedman, Michael Jan (April 1996). Heat Wave. HarperCollins. ISBN .
  18. ^Friedman, Michael Jan (May 1996). Exile. HarperCollins. ISBN .
  19. ^Friedman, Michael Jan (June 1996). Deadly Games. HarperCollins. ISBN .
  20. ^"The TV Ratings Guide: 1993-94 Ratings History". The TV Ratings Guide. Retrieved July 20, 2020.
  21. ^"The TV Ratings Guide: 1994-95 Ratings History". The TV Ratings Guide. Retrieved July 20, 2020.
  22. ^"The TV Ratings Guide: 1995-96 Ratings History". The TV Ratings Guide. Retrieved July 20, 2020.
  23. ^ ab"Done In by Low Ratings". Los Angeles Times. June 14, 1997.
  24. ^"The TV Ratings Guide: 1996-97 Ratings History". The TV Ratings Guide. Retrieved July 20, 2020.
  25. ^Gord Lacey (March 14, 2005). "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman – It's a bird, it's a plane, it's an announcement". TV Shows on DVD. Archived from the original on March 30, 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  26. ^"Season 1 (Region 2)". Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  27. ^"Season 1 (Region 4)". JB Hi-Fi Online. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  28. ^Gord Lacey (October 11, 2005). "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Season 2 news and artwork". TV Shows on DVD. Archived from the original on March 30, 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  29. ^"Season 2 (Region 2)". Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  30. ^"Season 2 (Region 4)". JB Hi-Fi Online. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  31. ^Gord Lacey (March 1, 2006). "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman – "Superday" concludes with Lois & Clark, Season 3". TV Shows on DVD. Archived from the original on July 12, 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  32. ^"Season 3 (Region 2)". Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  33. ^"Season 3 (Region 4)". JB Hi-Fi Online. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  34. ^Gord Lacey (August 16, 2006). "Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman – A Super Wedding Happens This November – Season 4 Announced". TV Shows on DVD. Archived from the original on February 8, 2007. Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  35. ^"Season 4 (Region 2)". Retrieved August 19, 2007.
  36. ^"Season 4 (Region 4)". JB Hi-Fi Online. Retrieved August 19, 2007.

External links[edit]

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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, DC and The CW announced in late 2019 a new Superman TV series. The show, titled Superman & Lois, will star Tyler Hoechlin (who first played the Man of Steel in the CW series Supergirl) and Elizabeth Tulloch as reporter Lois Lane.

Both Hoechlin and Tulloch's 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, Black Lightning, and more.

Here's everything we know so far about the new series, Superman & Lois. Bookmark this page and come back often, as we'll update the page with trailers, plot details, casting announcements, and more when they're made available.

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, 2020 on the show's official social media. The release date was bumped up by a month from an original release window of "January 2021."

What is Superman & Lois?

Superman & Lois is a new 13-episode TV series about the DC Comics icon, Superman, and his married life with renowned Daily Planet 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 mid-2021.

Will Superman & Lois stream on Netflix?

When Superman & Lois concludes its first season, it is not guaranteed to stream on Netflix. An agreement between Netflix and The CW dating back to 2011 was not renewed in 2019. This means Superman & Lois' parent studio WarnerMedia can shop shows 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 will stream on HBO Max, where other DC shows like Batwoman, Doom Patrol, and Harley Quinn are currently streaming.

As of January 2021, there is no known streaming home for Superman & Lois other than The CW's main website, which will stream episodes with commercials after they air.

Is there a Superman & Lois trailer?

Yes! A trailer was released online on January 21, 2021. You can watch the trailer in the embed below.

What is the plot of Superman & Lois?

The primary plot of Superman & Lois involves Superman and Lois Lane raising their two teenage sons, Jonathan and Jordan Kent, in Superman's hometown of Smallville. As Jonathan and Jordan discover their Kryptonian superpowers, Clark Kent will have to raise his boys as both Clark and Superman, all while keeping Earth safe from alien threats.

How is Superman & Lois a different show from other Superman TV shows?

Unlike other Superman shows, like Superboy and Smallville, the series will not be an origin story nor a young adult drama about the teenage years of Clark Kent. Instead, evocative of the 1990s soap series Lois & Clark that starred Dean Cain and Teri Hatcher, Superman & Lois will have an older, experienced Superman in his adulthood.

Showrunner Todd Helbing said the show aims to tell a "grounded" story about adulthood. 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 re-mapping of the multiverse (after "Crisis on Infinite Earths") allowed the producers to have a "blank slate," which led to aging Jonathan Kent — introduced as an infant in the 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."

What will Tyler Hoechlin's Superman costume look like?

One of the biggest news revealed at DC FanDome in summer 2020 is that Tyler Hoechlin's Superman will wear a new costume, one that's different from the costume he's worn in shows like Supergirl.

“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.”

In late 2020, the costume was revealed, which confirmed design inspiration from the New 52 era of Superman's comic books.

Will Superman & Lois have a crossover with other DC shows?

Probably! The Covid-19 pandemic has made television productions more difficult than usual and the producers of the CWverse have mostly ruled out a crossover for the time being.

But Superman & Lois will share continuity with the DC shows Supergirl, The Flash, Black Lightning, Legends of Tomorrow, and Batwoman. That leaves room open for a crossover should the powers that be (and the end of a pandemic) make it so.

Who stars in the cast of Superman & Lois?

The cast for Superman & Lois 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 CWverse franchise, having made previous appearances in episodes of Supergirl and 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 special "Elseworlds" and returned in the 2019/2020 special "Crisis on Infinite Earths."
  • Jordan Elsas (Little Fires Everywhere) as Jonathan Kent, the son of Superman and Lois Lane. In the comics, Jonathan takes up the name "Superboy" and 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 roots. Deadlinereported Jordan as "wildly intelligent" who has a "mercurial temperament and social anxiety limits."
  • Dylan Walsh (Nip/Tuck) as General Lane. Deadlinedescribed the character 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 in "one of the most difficult periods of her life."

What Superman comics should I read?

Because of the inclusion of Jonathan Kent, it is easy to read just a few select Superman comics that feature the character and the premise of a married Superman and Lois Lane.

Superman & Lois will premiere on The CW on February 23, 2021.

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