The Super-family is getting bigger by the minute. According to a report coming from Deadline, the new series has cast the sons of Clark Kent and Lois Lane. Actors Jordan Elsass and Alexander Garfin will co-star opposite Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch in Superman & Lois, which arrives on the CW this fall. Both boys are teenagers, which means in the post-Crisis Earth, both kids were born to the Kents much, much earlier.
The character of Jonathan is described as “clean-cut, modest and kind-hearted, with an aw-shucks attitude that somehow doesn’t seem dated.” This more or less fits in with the way Jonathan Kent is in the pages of DC Comics.
Garfin’s character of Jordan Kent is another matter. In the comics, Lois and Clark only have one son, Jonathan. Jordan is an invention made entirely for the series. He is described as being “wildly intelligent, but his mercurial temperament and social anxiety limits his interactions with people, and consequently, Jordan prefers to spend most of his free time alone, playing video games.”
In the comics, before the arrival of Jonathan, the Kents briefly adopted the young Kryptonian son of the criminal Zod. They gave him the human name of Chris Kent, which the writers did as a tribute to Christopher Reeve. But this seems like a totally different character. It could be that Jordan is a version of Chris Kent, and not Lois and Clark’s biological son. When it comes to media adaptations of the comics though, the tail always wags the dog. One way or another, we imagine Jordan Kent will appear in the pages of the Superman comics any minute now.
Ever since Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch first appeared on the CW’s Supergirl series a few years ago, fans have wanted to see more of the iconic couple. But they only have made sporadic appearances on the series since then, usually showing up during some big event. But now, it seems fans are getting their wish for more of DC Comics’ most famous couple on the small screen. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the proposed Superman & Lois series is bypassing the pilot stage and going straight to series for the 2020-2021 season.
Who’s Behind The Camera?
A few months back, Deadline reported that a new hourlong series titled Superman and Lois has been announced as in development featuring both actors, coming from The Flash executive producer Todd Helbing, and guru of all things DC TV, Greg Berlanti. Geoff Johns will also be an executive producer on the show. It had previously been announced that a series called Metropolis was being developed by Warner Brothers, but this new Superman series seems to have supplanted it.
According to the report, the show will focus on “the world’s most famous Super Hero and comic books’ most famous journalist as they deal with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society.”
Yes, they’re not just going to be a couple on this show, but also parents. The last time we saw Clark and Lois on Supergirl, they had gone off to Argo City (a splinter world of Krypton’s) so they could give birth to their child there. So much like the comics, Lois and Clark and now also “Mom and Dad.” Both characters recently appeared in the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover event on the CW.
What Will the Show Be About?
In recent years, the Superman mythology in the pages of DC Comics has greatly expanded with the arrival of Superman and Lois’ son, Jonathan Kent. Their child was first introduced as a pre-teen, and became best friends with Batman’s son Damian Wayne, a.k.a. Robin. The pair headlined their own series called The Super Sons, which featured the two super kids getting into all sorts of trouble while their famous parents were off saving the world. Recently, Jon Kent has been aged up to teenager, where he’s gone off to the far future and become a member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. For this new series, the producers are deviating in one big way from the comics – Jon will have a brother named Jordan Kent.
What Does This Mean For DCEU Superman?
It will be interesting to see if this is the final nail in the coffin of the DCEU Henry Cavill Superman. Or any DCEU Superman movie for that matter. Warner Brothers tends to not allow their biggest heroes to be in multiple media at once, which is why Batman wasn’t in Gotham, and why we don’t see Wonder Woman or Aquaman showing up on any of the CW series. But if we can’t have a big screen Superman, we’ll happily take a show focusing on DC’s Super family any day of the week.
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