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Honest-to-god Superman show in development for the CW

Not a prequel. Not about his cousin. Not about Krypton.

Lois Lane holds Superman’s New 52-era suit in Man of Steel #6, DC Comics (2018). Brian Michael Bendis, Jason Fabok/DC Comics
Susana Polo is an entertainment editor at Polygon, specializing in pop culture and genre fare, with a primary expertise in comic books. Previously, she founded The Mary Sue.

The CW is developing Superman & Lois, reports Deadline, an Arrowverse spinoff starring Tyler Hoechlin (Supergirl) and Elizabeth Tulloch (Supergirl, The Flash, Batwoman), reprising their roles as Superman/Clark Kent and Lois Lane. That would make the series the first Superman-related show to star Clark Kent as Superman since 1993’s Lois & Clark.

According to Deadline, the show will follow Clark and Lois as they pursue their journalistic and superheroic careers and “deal with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society.”

Last we saw Clark and Lois together in the Arrowverse, they’d revealed that Lois was pregnant, announced that they were moving to Argo City for a while, and got engaged. However, with the multiverse shaking Crisis on Infinite Earths event coming up in December, there are plenty of ways that that status quo could change.

In a television universe that often seems bounded by a rule against focusing on the best known characters in the DC Comics roster — Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman — Superman & Lois will stand as a surprising exception. Hoechlin’s first turn as the Man of Steel was in Supergirl, where he became a recurring character starting with season two. Warner Bros. has also produced Krypton, a prequel series about Superman’s home planet before its destruction. Famously, the long-running Smallville, featured the character’s teenage adventures in Kansas but did not show him in costume until its final episode.

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