DC FanDome is holding its second event with "Explore the Multiverse" today. DC dropped a boatload of digital panels highlighting TV shows, comics, movies and more. One of the projects being showcased during the festivities is Superman & Lois, the latest series entering the ArrowVerse (or possibly CWVerse) fold on The CW. Showrunner Todd Helbing was on hand to reveal some new details, including that Lois and Clark will be married with two teenage boys, and Superman will be getting a new suit.
DC's Jim Lee hosted the virtual DC FanDome panel. Stars Tyler Hoechlin (Superman) and Elizabeth Tulloch (Lois Lane) were on hand as well. At one point, Lee asked what will help set this new show apart from previous small screen iterations. Todd Helbing had this to say.
"Clark and Lois are married in this version. And they're not only married, but they have two teenage boys... Just to tell a story that is as grounded as it can possibly be to have Superman in it. As a couple, we 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, with a lot of families that have two working parents."
Before the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, the couple had an infant boy named Jonathan. But when the worlds merged and at the end of the crossover, things had changed. It concluded with Lois calling Clark saying that he needs to get home because there is an issue with the boys. It turns out that issue is, they grew up. Todd Helbing added that Crisis gave them an opportunity to start with a blank slate.
"We took Crisis as an opportunity to age up and really change things for them as parents. Age up the boys, create two boys, paternal twins, and make them teenagers, when things really get complicated for parents. Crisis in general really gave us an opportunity to start with a blank slate and tell the story in a way that we couldn't have otherwise."
It had previously been revealed that the show will see Clark and Lois heading away from Metropolis and back to Smallville. That won't be the only change, however. Before wrapping up the panel, Todd Helbing confirmed that Superman will indeed be rocking a new suit. Unfortunately, he didn't give too much in the way of specific details but promised that it will be badass.
"I'll take the heat for this one. Originally, [Tyler] came on for the crossovers and that suit just wasn't built to sustain a series. I think, with everything we were talking about earlier, it gave us this fresh slate. Yeah. let's make a new suit. There's going to be a really badass Superman suit in this show that I'm pretty excited about."
There is still no word on a premiere date for the series just yet. Most of The CW's slate got pushed to 2021, given the production delay the network faced this year. But Superman & Lois is expected to arrive sometime next year. You can check out the entire panel over at the official DCFandome.com website.