Get ready to see a lot more of the Man of Steel and the Daily Planet's best journalist on the small screen, as The CW has ordered the planned Supergirl spin-off Superman & Lois to series. As a part of the network's Arrowverse, the new series will bring in Tyler Hoechlin and and Elizabeth Tulloch to reprise their Supergirl roles as Superman and Lois Lane, respectively. The project was first reported to be in development back in October, and the network apparently sees potential with its progress as they've gone ahead and given the show a full series order.
Superman & Lois is produced by Berlanti Productions with Todd Helbing (The Flash) writing and executive producing. Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns also exec produce. Though Hoechlin and Tulloch are confirmed, no other casting announcements have yet been made, and it's not clear which other actors or characters will be appearing on the series. Considering its already-established connections to the Arrowverse, chances are characters from Supergirl and other CW shows may also be showing up for special appearances. Losing Arrow itself is a bit of a blow for The CW, but keeping the show's universe alive is a fantastic way of keeping its audience around.
The Man of Steel hasn't starred in his own television series since 2011 when the prequel series Smallville ended its initial run. Starring Tom Welling and Erica Durance as a young Clark Kent and Lois Lane, the beloved series was recently revisited by The CW's Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event with Welling and Durance reprising their roles. In the '90s, Superman was also dominating the small screen with the TV shows Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Superman: The Animated Series. Going back a bit further, the first Superman television series dates all the way back to the early '50s when George Reeves was our small screen Clark Kent.
Of course, Superman & Lois is just one of multiple Arrowverse spin-offs soon to come from The CW. The penultimate episode of Arrow will also serve as a backdoor pilot for the planned Canaries spin-off series. Set in the year 2040, the spin-off will follow Katherine McNamara as Mia Smoke, Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance, and Juliana Harkavy as Dinah Drake. McNamara has been very involved with the final season of Arrow, so hopefully the transition into the Canaries series will be smooth even without the inclusion of Oliver Queen.
The CW has also given a series order to an upcoming reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger starring Supernatural star Jared Padalecki in the lead role. It's also expected they'll be ordering some other pilot orders as well, but they're clearly going all-in with Superman & Lois and the new Walker series. Their flagship series Arrow might be coming to an end, but the network is making it clear they'll still have plenty of television content to look forward to. News of Superman & Lois getting its series order comes to us from Deadline.