Superman & Lois, the new show in the CWverse (yes, apparently that’s what it’s called now), will be set in Smallville! And other tidbits:
Stargirl and Superman & Lois were just two of the shows with panels at this past weekend’s DC FanDome event. First off, I’m glad they decided to spread this event out over two days. It gave us time to process all the teasers, sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes info being thrown at us.
Kicking things off with Stargirl, the cast — along with creator Geoff Johns — teased what fans can expect from season 2. Mind you, the series most likely won’t return until somewhere around March or April of next year, but there’s a lot to look forward to when it does.
For any Solomon Grundy fans out there bummed we didn’t get enough of him in Stargirl’s freshman season, worry not: season 2 is going to change that. “I’m excited for people to see more Grundy,” Johns said. “He’s not gone just yet.”
Oh, and let’s not forget about the Eclipso reveal from the season 1 finale. If you’re not familiar with Eclipso, he’s another Injustice Society villain, and it sounds like we’ll be getting to know him down the line. “He is an entity who bonds himself to a human host using black diamonds to bring out their anger, usually taking the form of scientist Bruce Gordon,” Johns said. “I think one of the important things at the end of Season 1 is when we introduce Eclipso — that’s very important.”
Oh, and Dr. Mid-Nite’s owl Hooty should make an appearance, too. Basically, is sounds like Stargirl’s second season will be even more electrifying than its first, and we are all here for it.
In other CWverse news, we also learned some new info about Superman & Lois, which debuts next year. The show hasn’t started filming yet, but executive producer Todd Helbing — along with Superman and Lois themselves, Tyler Hoechlin and Bitsie Tulloch — gave fans a taste of what to expect.
The series will pick up after the events of “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” which ended with Superman and Lois raising two teenage boys. “As a couple, we really get to lean into Clark and Lois not being Superman and the most famous journalist in the world, but really as parents—what is it that like when you have jobs like that?” said Helbing. “We wanted to present two kids who had two completely different skill sets— and how do you deal with that as parents?”
Perhaps the most exciting reveal from the Superman & Lois panel was that the show would take place in Smallville rather than Metropolis. As Helbing explained:
I’m not gonna give reason yet, but the story of Superman has taken place in Metropolis for very long—obviously there was the Smallville series—but I came from a small town in the Midwest, and the town that I grew up in had a business leave that sort of affected everyone in the town, and the town started to dry up, and it felt very current with recent years after 2008. So we wanted to tell the story of the parents, after this tragic event, move back to Smallville and really find that maybe it’s easier to raise kids maybe in a place where life isn’t as hectic as Metropolis.
I’m so excited about this change, because shows in the CWverse (do we really have to call it that?) are normally set in big cities: Star City, Central City, Metropolis, etc. And while there was the Smallville series back in the 2000s, since Arrow kickstarted this universe, we haven’t had a show set in this iconic location.
Of course, the small town life isn’t going to make things easier for the couple and their “new” family, as they will deal with Lois’ complicated relationship with her father as well as Clark’s first love, Lana Lang (Emmanuelle Chriqui), who is sure to make things awkward and difficult.
But worry not, fans: whatever’s in store for our favorite DC couple (well, at least mine), they will face it with bravery, honesty, and Superman’s nifty new suit. “Originally you came on for the crossovers and that suit just wasn’t built to sustain a series,” Helbing said. “So, theres going to be a really badass Superman suit that I’m pretty excited about.”
Stargirl is giving us more Grundy, and Superman & Lois is taking us back to Smallville and giving us a new suit?! 2021 can’t come fast enough!