I just finished watching the first episode of the new series, Superman and Lois, and while it’s still way too early to call it as to whether this new series is a winner or loser, the first episode was good enough for me to say it shows promise. The show was an entertaining mix of adventure, action, and mystery elements, as one might expect. What makes this comics-based series different is the show adds the additional elements of some typical TV young married couple on the verge of their lives entering a new phase. As long as this series remembers to sustain the balance of these elements, and they did this time around, they will actually earn the 7.5 rating it already has on IMBD.
Up until now, my favorite entry into Greg Berlanti’s Arrowverse is the CW’s retro-styled and somewhat camp Stargirl series. Superman and Lois may give that other show a run for its money. Honestly, I did not know what to expect from this show. I had nightmarish thoughts it might be more like an issue of Lois Lane comics instead of an issue of Superman, or the poster series and new platform for modern feminism, and so politically correct, it would not be any fun. It’s neither of those so far. Narratively the series built a few good mysteries in its plot and was overall pretty entertaining and compelling. Superman and Lois manage to conjure up some genuinely thrilling moments, and I look forward to seeing more.
Not familiar with this title? Superman & Lois is a new American superhero drama television series developed for The CW by Todd Helbing and Greg Berlanti, based on the DC Comics characters Superman and Lois Lane, created by Jerry Siegel Joe Shuster. Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch star as the titular characters Clark Kent / Superman, a costumed superhero, and Lois Lane, a Daily Planet journalist. The series is set in the Arrowverse, sharing continuity with the other television series of the franchise.
The cast does well enough; even the child actors passed muster. In fact, the only problem I have with the cast is Tyler Hoschlin. Like most of the world, I have a pretty good idea of what Superman is supposed to look like, and for one, he doesn’t have a permanent five o’clock shadow, and this guy just doesn’t fit my mental image of what the Man of Steel should look like. He’s supposed to look like Christopher Reeve or Henry Cavil. As far as accepting this guy as Supes, for me, it’s going to take some time to warm up to the idea, and until then, this guy’s an imposter. I’m not too thrilled with Tulloch as Lois, either. That being said, It’s so cool to see Superman on TV again.
The show does use a few cliches and stereotypes, but that’s to be expected in a commercial TV series based on comic books. Visually the show is very cool with excellent special effects and art direction. The series imitates the movies, and the episode offers up a small glimpse of Krypton’s crystal technology. Overall, I enjoyed this show, and like I said already, It’s great to see Superman on TV again,