Late last year it was announced that a new Arrowverse TV show centered arround Superman and Lois Lane would be arriving in 2020. With Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch reprising their roles, with the former appearing as a recurring character throughout Supergirl’s run and with both featuring in the last two Arrowverse crossovers, they have been given the chance to take center stage now. With a lot of talk about the show taking place online, I thought I’d chip in my with opinion and share how I feel about the upcoming show.
So, let me start by saying I LOVE Superman. I will always welcome new Superman content to feast upon and I for one couldn’t be happier that we are about to get a new Superman TV show. This show will mark the first time in almost 23 years that we’re going to get a TV show which will showcase Clark Kent’s time as Superman. We’ve been blessed with great shows in Smallville and Krypton which are based in the Superman mythos, but the former takes place during Clark’s younger years and shows the build up to his reveal as Superman and the latter focused on his grandfather’s time on Krypton. So, for the first time since Dean Cain’s and Teri Hatcher’s outings as the titular characters, we’re going to get to see Clark Kent’s time as Superman unfold on live action television. Similarly to the previously mentioned show, the upcoming TV show will focus primarily on Clark and Lois as a couple and also as a family, with the ending of Crisis on Infinite Earths revealing they now have two sons which is something we’re yet to see with the couple and it will be interesting to see how this dynamic is portrayed by the cast and after the family aspect of Superman’s story was recently told brilliantly during DC’s Rebirth event their is potential for a truly compelling show.
Written by Peter Tomasi and Patrick Gleason, Superman: Son of Superman focused on Clark and Lois’ life with their son, Jon and did an excellent job of showing how Superman and Lois have adapted to being parents and it was an exciting and fresh new take on their characters. So, hopefully this is inspiration for the new show.
A few positives for me are the following:
No origin story:
After seeing Clark Kent’s origins and how he became the Man of Steel over and over and over again, I’m quite happy we’ll get to skip the backstory this time and dive straight into the thick of things with Clark already being the full fledged Last Son of Krypton. To me, Smallville was a perfect look at Clark and Lois’ younger years and how they came to be husband and wife so there was no need to see all that again and I’m glad the show runners seem to agree.
Increased important in the Arrowverse:
As I said before, I’m a huge Superman fan. He’s 100% my favourite superhero of all time and whilst I love the Arrowverse the one HUGE negative I find with the universe is how Superman is portrayed. Often taking a backseat to lesser known and less powerful characters like Green Arrow, White Canary and The Flash is something Superman really shouldn’t be doing. Often shown as the leader of the Justice League and one of the most powerful beings in all of the DC Universe, this version of Superman seems to be lacking in both those ways and I’m hoping that with this new TV show, he starts to be treated with the respect he deserves and he starts to step up more and take his place as one of the most important superheroes in the universe. Also, no disrespect to the character, but one of my least favourite aspects of Supergirl’s TV show is how they constantly send the message that she is much stronger than her cousin, which is something shown the be categorically untrue in the comics and former iterations of both characters.
Lois Lane and the kids:
One of the most intriguing aspects of the show is seeing how Clark and Lois deal with every day life as parents. Seeing them raising their children is something we’ve never seen in live action before and can lead into a whole new world of untapped storylines. Will the children have Clark’s powers? Will they have Lois’ smarts? Only time will tell. Speaking of which I’m exciting to see how Lois is portrayed and if they decide to focus on how great a journalist she is. After all she is a Pulitzer Prize winning journalist so I hope we get to see her doing what she does best, investigating stories and following leads.
That being said, there are also a couple of negatives that I have with the show and they are the following:
Tyler Hoechlin’s portrayal so far:
Don’t get me wrong, Tyler Hoechlin is a great actor and what I’ve seen from him as Superman isn’t necessarily BAD, but the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover highlighted one major problem. Alongside fellow Superman actors in Brandon Routh and Tom Welling, Hoechlin’s portrayal just looked inferior and he’s got a long way to go to live up to their iterations. A lot of talk online at the moment is about how everyone would much rather see a live action Superman show with Brandon Routh in the titular character’s role and I can’t help but agree with everyone saying that. During the Crisis crossover, Routh showed just how great he is at playing the Man of Steel and all it’s done is left me and many others longing to see more from him. Thus leaving Tyler Hoechlin’s performance underwhelming.
Superman’s role in the Arrowverse so far:
As said earlier, in his first few years in the Arrowverse, this version of Superman has been portrayed as a shell of himself. A much inferior and weaker version of the great hero, I don’t think many Superman fans will be that interested in seeing their favourite character portrayed this way every week. Obviously, with him now getting his own show, The CW will probably try to up his importance, but after being portrayed as Kara’s weaker cousin and as someone who will sit back and let others take charge of these life or death situations, it will take a lot of work to repair the damage they’ve already done to his character.
With all this said, I’ll still give the show a watch and hope they can do my favourite character justice and give us a version much better than what they’ve given us so far!