The CW is officially developing Superman & Lois, starring Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as Clark Kent/Superman and Lois Lane respectively. This news confirms our report released last year of The CW eyeing a Superman spinoff set in the Arrowverse.
Todd Helbing from The Flash along with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns will executive produce the show.
This is the second Arrowverse spinoff announced by The CW this year. Green Arrow and the Canaries currently in production as well.
With Henry Cavill reportedly vacating the red and blue tights as Warner Bros. looks to retire Superman from the big screen, we at FandomWire are hearing that the studio wants to move Superman to the small screen.
Any plans for a new Superman feature film, Man of Steel 2 or otherwise, stalled after the disappointing box office of Justice League. Sources claim that the studio lost confidence in Superman’s ability to draw audiences to the cinema. Meanwhile, Hoechlin’s performance as a more “traditional” Man of Steel on The CW’s Supergirl has been met with plenty of praise. As seen with Deathstroke, Warner Bros. are not big fans of having a character on the big screen and small screen at the same time, which gives more credence to a Superman TV series happening.
Our understanding is that the fifth annual DC TV Arrowverse crossover Elseworlds, that will see Hoechlin return as Superman alongside Arrow, Supergirl, and The Flash, and the introduction of Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, will act as a backdoor pilot. How fans and critics alike respond to their portrayals will likely determine if a show centered around them gets off the ground or not. If proven successful, The CW would likely pick upe the series. As previously reported, Warner Bros. will be taking a similar approach with the introduction of Batwoman in Elseworlds, in hopes that they can spin off the character into a new series.
We want to make it clear that just because something is in development, doesn’t necessarily mean that the project will come to fruition. However, a project like this, assuming the crossover is well received, is likely to become a reality.
Supergirl stars Melissa Benoist as Kara Danvers/Supergirl, Mehcad Brooks as James Olsen, Chyler Leigh as Alex Danvers, Jeremy Jordan as Winslow ‘Winn’ Schott, Katie McGrath as Lena Luthor, Jess Rath as Brainiac 5, David Harewood as Hank Henshaw/J’onn J’onnz, Sam Witwer as Agent Liberty, Rhona Mitra as Mercy Graves, and Brent Spiner as Vice President Baker.
Kara Zor-El was sent to Earth from Krypton as a 13-year-old by her parents Zor-El and Alura. Krypton was exploding, and Kara’s parents sent Kara in a spacecraft to Earth after her cousin. Kara was meant to protect her infant cousin Kal-El, but her spacecraft was knocked off course and forced into the Phantom Zone, where it stayed for 24 years. By the time the spacecraft crash-landed on Earth, Kal-El had grown up and become Superman. The series begins eleven years later when the now 24-year-old Kara is learning to embrace her powers and has adopted the superheroic alias “Supergirl”.
Supergirl airs Sundays at 8 pm ET on The CW.