The ArrowVerse is finally looking to bring Superman and Lois Lane into the fold in a big way. The CW is developing Superman & Lois, a new show that will star Tyler Hoechlin as the Man of Steel and Elizabeth Tulloch as the legendary journalist from the DC universe. The proposed show has not been picked up to series by the network yet, but it is in active development and could help to fill a void that is coming in their DC show slate sooner rather than later.
According to several reports, The CW has set Todd Helbing, showrunner of The Flash, to write and executive produce the series. ArrowVerse architect and prolific producer Greg Berlanti will also produce alongside Sarah Schechter, and comic book writer turned producer Geoff Johns. The show, should it move forward, will be a co-production between Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. There is no word on how far along in the development process the series is at this time, but it sounds like it's in the early stages.
Tyler Hoechlin has played Superman several times in the ArrowVerse, making his debut alongside Melissa Benoist in Supergirl. Elizabeth Tulloch was brought in later as Lois Lane, making her debut during last year's Elseworlds crossover. Both stars are set to appear in this year's Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover as well. There had been speculation as to whether or not The CW would find a way to make Clark Kent and Lois Lane more permanent fixtures on the network. With Henry Cavill's future on the big screen as Superman in doubt, it seems Warner Bros. decided now was the right time to press forward with this iteration of the character.
The show is said to center on the pair as they "deal with all the stress, pressures, and complexities that come with being working parents in today's society." The CW currently has Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning and Batwoman in its connected ArrowVerse. However, Arrow is airing its final season and both The Flash and Supergirl are getting into their later years. If the network wants to keep this universe going, they will need to develop new shows to replace others as they age out.
Clark Kent had a successful run previously on The CW with Smallville, which ran for more than 200 episodes and 10 seasons from 2001 to 2011 and featured Tom Welling as the DC icon, originally created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Elsewhere on the small screen, the characters appeared in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, which starred Dean Cain and Terri Hatcher as Clark and Lois, respectively. That show ran for four seasons from 1993 to 1997. There is no word on when the show would arrive specifically, but if it moves forward, it will debut next season. We'll be sure to keep you posted as further details on the project are made available. This news was previously reported by Variety.