How many DC superhero shows does The CW have now, twenty? Thirty? Clearly they don’t have enough of them. But who is left to develop a show around? This will require some thought. Hmm….Remember that one character that appeared on Supergirl once? Super….man, was it? We should spin that guy off; he was interesting.
The CW revealed today that they’re looking into giving the Berlantiverse version of Superman, played by Tyler Hoechlin, his own series…where he would share a marquee with his wife, Lois Lane. Hoechlin has appeared as Superman several times on Supergirl, most recently appearing on last year’s “Elseworlds” crossover. Lois appeared on camera for the first time there, played by Elizabeth “Bitsie” Tulloch.
Not only did Lois make an appearance, but Clark proposed to her and she revealed she was pregnant. It almost sounds like the setup to the series was planted right there, but the whole thing was actually an excuse to get them away from Earth so fans would stop asking “why doesn’t Superman help” whenever Supergirl was overwhelmed by a situation. They blasted off to the planet Argo, but they will return for the “Crisis On Infinite Earths” crossover this December. And then, possibly, for good.
Though Superman has had many shows to himself, only one (ABC’s “Lois and Clark” circa 1993-1997) has focused on his relationship with Lois. The new series would center around his new life as a husband and father, something the previous series never got a chance to explore.
As it is, The CW is currently juggling six DC programs on its schedule, but for the first time ever they will be down one next January, when Arrow ends its run. Unless it doesn’t — one of the last episodes this season will serve as a backdoor pilot for a Black Canary-focused spinoff. The newest DC series, Batwoman, was also given a full-season order earlier this week.