One of the most popular comic book characters is returning to the small screen as Superman & Lois will be premiering on The CW in 2021. This time around, showrunner Todd Helbing stated it will be a different take on the Man of Steel and his wife Lois Lane than we’ve seen before.
During the Superman & Lois panel during the second part of DC FanDome last weekend, both Helbing and Elizabeth Tulloch explained that the key difference is that we’ll be seeing Superman and Lois as more than just a superhero and an award-winning journalist. Helbing stated,
“As a father who happens to have two boys that felt like a really great way to bring in some personal experience. Just to tell really a story that is as grounded as you can possibly be, while still having Superman in it,”
“And as a couple, we really get to lean into Clark and Lois not being Superman and the most famous journalist in the world, but really as parents. What is that like when you have jobs like that? Which a lot of people can relate to, nowadays a lot of families that have two working parents, and all the complexities and difficulties that come with having jobs like that. And then with two boys. Speaking from experience, my boys are wildly different. And so, we wanted to present to kids that had completely different skill sets, and how do you deal with that as parents.”
Tulloch also brought in her perspective as a parent of a young child herself.
“I am a mom. I have a 17-month-old and I feel like she’s already judging me on a daily basis. So, I’m just kind of used to it, she’s a big fan of my husband right now in particular, she’s definitely a daddy’s girl,” Tulloch said. “But I do think that it’s one of the things that you know especially about Lois is that she doesn’t really compromise her sense of self, or her goals and so I think one thing that I think she butts up against and obviously Superman does too is, you know, being really dedicated to our career.”
“We’re doing this for good and we believe in what we’re doing, and Lois wants to change the world with words and Superman does it with his power but also, you know, how about the kids? How good can we really be your job, you have two boys who are hormonal and who would each have very different needs. So, I think that’s part of what, for me anyway was really compelling and was so exciting when I found out that it was going to be older kids like teenagers because they are. It is so complicated, and they are going to be going through a lot and you know I’ve read two scripts now and I find that the storyline with the sons, really, really compelling.”
Superman & Lois is expected to debut in January of 2021.