Protecting the world and investigating important news stories look like child's play when it comes to raising two young sons in the first teaser trailer for Superman & Lois. Coming to The CW in February 2021, the new DC series centers around Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch) as they balance their hectic professional lives (in Clark's case, he's got two gigs as a journalist and superhero) with a more low-key home life that involves their boys: Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) and Jordan (Alex Garfin). The former is, of course, named after Clark's late father.
"As a father who happens to have two boys, that felt like a really great way to bring in some personal experience to tell a story that is as grounded as you can possibly be to have Superman in it," executive producer/showrunner Todd Helbing said at DC FanDome in September. "And 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 that like when you have jobs like that? Which a lot of people can relate to nowadays."
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While the teaser isn't very long (or footage-heavy for that matter), it does give us our first look at the Kent family unit, while Clark talks about how the stress of life can strengthen a person beneath the surface. His use of the phrase "forged liked steel" is a nice little nod to one of Superman's monickers: the Man of Steel.
The cast also features Wolé Parks (The Stranger, a villain hellbent on proving that the world doesn't need Superman), Dylan Walsh (Sam Lane, Lois' dad), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Lana Lang, an old friend of Clark's), Erik Valdez (Kyle Cushing, Lana's husband), Inde Navarrette (Sarah Cushing, Lana and Kyle's daughter), and Sam Rayner (Morgan Edge, a ruthless businessman).
"Originally, [Superman] came on for the crossovers and that suit just wasn't built to sustain a series," Helbing added. "[This show] gave us a fresh slate: 'Yeah, let's make a new suit.' There's gonna be a really badass Superman suit in this show that I'm pretty excited about."
"[Lois] doesn't really compromise her sense of self or her goals," Tulloch explained. "One thing that I think she butts up against — and obviously Superman does, too — is being really dedicated to our careers and our jobs. We're doing this for good and we believe in what we're doing and Lois wants to change the world with words and Superman does it with his power. Also, how much is that alienating our kids and how good can you really be at your job if you have two teenage boys who are hormonal and each have very disparate needs?"
Superman & Lois marks a new age of Arrowverse programming, as Supergirl is set to come to an end after its sixth season (following in the footsteps of Arrow). Other new projects include: Painkiller, Naomi, Wonder Girl, and the potential Arrow spinoff about the Canaries. On top of all the fresh content, The CW also has upcoming seasons for The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Batwoman, and Stargirl.
Superman & Lois flies onto The CW Tuesday, Feb. 23. The network was forced to delay the project's debut when production was put on hold amid the COVID-19 pandemic.