“This family needs Smallville… as much as the world needs Superman.” That was one of the featured Superman & Lois lines in the new trailer for “The CWverse,” which dropped earlier this month. The superhero spinoff—which will see Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch reprising the roles of Clark Kent (aka Superman) and Lois Lane, respectively, which they have previously only ever inhabited on a guest star basis—is one of the big premieres for The CW in 2021. At today’s DC Fandome panel, we got some insight into what to expect from the family drama, including details on that Smallville setting.
Superman & Lois will see Lois and Clark moving from Metropolis to Smallville with their two post-Crisis-retconned twin teens Jonathan and Jordan. The move is prompted by a mysterious “tragedy” that showrunner Todd Helbing would not go into specifics about, as well as a desire to escape the hectic nature of life in Metropolis.
“The story of Superman has taken place in Metropolis for [a] very long [time],” said Helbing. “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 everybody 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 a story where you have the parents, after this tragic event happens, move back to Smallville and really find that it’s easier maybe to raise kids in a place where life isn’t so hectic, as it is in Metropolis.”
Emmanuelle Chriqui has been cast as Clark’s high school sweetheart Lana Lang, and Helbing teased that Superman & Lois will delve into the complicated dynamic between Lois, Clark, Lana, and Lana’s husband, Kyle, saying: “I think it’s fun, when they go back, that Lana Lang is there. Lana was Clark’s first love, and I think it’s an interesting dynamic as an adult how you deal with that relationship.”