‘Superman & Lois’ Showrunner Brings Strength to Arrowverse – TCA – Deadline

The CW will present Superman and Lois to the masses on February 23 with a first series of 90 minutes. During the TCA panel for the new standalone series, showrunner Todd Helbing spoke about how the new standalone series brings a new perspective of the iconic superhero and comic book journalist to the Arrowverse – one that might surprise many.

Helbing was joined by Tyler Hoechlin and Bitsie Tulloch, who play the titular characters along with cast members India Navarette, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Adam Rayner, Wolé Parks, Erik Valdez and Sofia Hasmik for the virtual panel. From the very start of the pilot, viewers may notice that the tone, appearance and overall feel of Superman and Lois is radically different from other Arrowverse series – but still keeps it at bay.

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Helbing said he and his fellow executive producer Greg Berlanti spoke about how they wanted to make Superman in general different. “We talked a lot about shows like Everwood and Friday night lights, ” he said. He added that they wanted a family drama with Superman.

“Anytime you do one of these shows, you want to make them look slightly different,” Helbing said. “We just addressed that as much as we could for a feature film – from the aspect ratio and cinematography to the look and design of the house and the farm. We’re competing with cable shows and streamers… we wanted to be able to do that and provide the audience with something of equal quality. “

Tulloch rang out saying that when they first chatted about the show she and Hoechlin were sold when Helbing referred Friday night lights. “It was really grounded and really real,” she said of the show. “Part of what I’m hoping audiences will respond to on our show is that this couple – even though they’re this dynamic reporter and even though they’re Superman – are incredibly relatable and have to deal with the same issues people do. normal.

Speaking of which, Hoechlin walks into the iconic costume with an “S” across his chest, but we can also see him more as Clark. Playing Superman comes with all of the superpowers we’re used to seeing, but he’s talked about putting his stamp on Clark’s character. We see him raising two teenage boys with his wife and trying to solve, as Tulloch pointed out, the real-life issues that many people face on a daily basis.

Hoechlin does not have children himself, but he said he benefited from his experiences with his nieces and nephews, as well as his own father who was a doctor in the emergency room. “I hope Clark can be half of my dad’s dad,” he smiles.

Speaking of a new twist in Superman’s lore, we can see his twins come to life. Jonathan (Elsass) and Jordan (Garfin) add to the foundation as the series will show their relationship as the brothers develop and how Clark and Lois handle teenage education.

The panel included plenty of discussion of pilot details, including iconic Superman costume, villain, and canon questions – which we can’t yet reveal. However, we can say that there is a new villain played by Parks introduced called “The Stranger”. It will certainly be a sensation. We also learn more about reverse mortgages from Chriqui’s Lana Lang – who also has a history with Clark. We’ll learn more about this in future episodes.

The official logline of Superman and Lois is: “To complicate the already arduous job of raising two boys, Clark and Lois also have to consider whether their sons Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) and Jordan (Alexander Garfin) could inherit their father’s Kryptonian superpowers as they grow older. Returning to Smallville to run a Kent family business, Clark and Lois reconnect with Lana Lang (Emmanuelle Chriqui), a local loan officer who also happens to be Clark’s first love, and her husband, fire chief, Kyle. Cushing (Erik Valdez). Adults aren’t the only ones rediscovering old friendships in Smallville as Kent’s sons reconnect with Lana and Kyle’s rebellious daughter Sarah (India Navarrette). Of course, there is never a dull moment in the life of a superhero, especially with Lois’ father, General Samuel Lane (Dylan Walsh) on the hunt for Superman to defeat a villain or save the day. situation at any time. Meanwhile, Superman and Lois’ return to idyllic Smallville is expected to be turned upside down when a mysterious stranger (Wolé Parks) enters their lives.

Based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman and Lois is being developed by Greg Berlanti and Todd Helbing, who are the executive producers of the series along with Sarah Schechter and Geoff Johns. Todd Helbing wrote the teleplay for the first episode, based on a story by Berlanti and Helbing. Lee Toland Krieger produced and directed the first episode. The series is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

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