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‘Superman & Lois’ Creator Todd Helbing Teases New Suit, Smallville Setting For 2021 Series – DC FanDome
By Alexandra Del Rosario

For Superman and Lois Lane, taking down super-villains and corrupt world leaders are nothing but a breeze. Parenthood and raising teenagers, however, is a whole different set of challenges.

“I think as a father who happens to have two boys, that felt like a really great way to bring in some personal experience and just to tell really a different story,” said Todd Helbing at DC’s Fandome.

During a panel on Saturday, the Superman & Lois creator said that the new the CW series will differ from previous iterations of the Superman story. Taking place after the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover, Superman & Lois will see Clark Kent and Lois Lane make a life for themselves and their two teenage boys back in Smallville. The series centers on two iconic DC characters as they navigate the different pressures that come with being working parents.

Joined by stars Elizabeth Tulloch and Tyler Hoechlin, Helbing further teased what’s to come when Superman & Lois makes its premiere in 2021. In addition to the two staple characters dealing with their teenage sons, the series may also feature a love triangle and the complications that come with it, Helbing hinted. Hoechlin’s Superman is also slated to get a fresh look.

“Originally [Hoechlin] came on for the crossovers and that suit wasn’t built to sustain a series. And I think in just everything that we were talking about, we have a fresh slate. ” Helbing said. “There’s going to be a really badass Superman suit in this show that we’re pretty excited about.”

Tulloch and Hoechlin also discussed the real-life equivalents of Lois Lane and Superman. The actress lauded journalists and reporters across the globe who she said have faced challenges and criticism from both sides of the political spectrum. When it comes to a real-life Superman Hoechlin said “anyone can be Superman.”

“I think what makes Superman, Superman in my eyes is someone who without fail chooses to do the right thing in all the good they can do,” Hoechlin said.

The Superman & Lois lead actor also said that the opportunity to play the iconic hero came at a good time. As the notable comic book couple learns to move on after the destructive Crisis, Hoechlin explained that taking on the role gave him some much-needed hope as he was exiting a “cynical phase of life.” He also noted that the show will come when the world needs a bit of optimism.

“I think what goes along with the reality of the situation of where we are today is that you do need hope that we will get to the other side of it and we will find our way through it,” he said.

Helbing, Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Geoff John serve as executive producers for Superman & Lois. The super hero series is slated to premiere on the CW in January 2021.

 

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it a dream come true because Daniel Dae Kim is Superman! After DC FanDome’s wild ride of announcements and special panel presentations, Variety is debuting the exclusive video from the celebrity-filled charity re-recording of the 1940s Superman radio specials. Television and film stars Jason Alexander, Henry Winkler, Giancarlo Esposito, Tony Shalhoub, Alfre Woodard, CCH Pounder and more gathered together to support the Creative Coalition with this special performance. Using original scripts from the decades-old Superman radio series, which was recently revived from the Warner Bros. Studios vault, this unique vision of the Man of Steel portrays him in a new and exciting way. Each episode provides a fresh translation with a new cast of actors for each role. For example, both Wilson Cruz and Kim get their chance to shine with the red cape, and even Tim Daly (longtime voice of Clark Kent/Kal-El) reprises his role from the past.

 

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Superman & Lois hires a 'go-getter' for the Smallville Gazette



Meet Superman & Lois' newest reporter.

EW has exclusively learned that Sofia Hasmik (Mad About You) is joining the Arrowverse drama in the recurring guest-star role of Chrissy Beppo.

A journalist at the Smallville Gazette, Chrissy "has a knack for saying the wrong thing at the wrong time," according to the official character description. "A go-getter with dreams of bigger and better things, a chance encounter with her idol changes her life trajectory. " Could that encounter be with Elizabeth Tulloch's Lois Lane?

Spinning out of the game-changing "Crisis on Infinite Earths" crossover, the new series follows Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois as they juggle the pressures of working (and saving the world) while raising their two teenage sons, Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) and Jordan (Alexander Garfin). The famous couple decides to move back to Clark's hometown Smallville, where they're reunited with his first love Lana Lang (Emmanuelle Chriqui), who is married now. Unfortunately, the arrival of a mysterious stranger played by The Vampire Diaries' Wolé Parks threatens to disrupt the Kents' lives in the picturesque Kansas town.

During Superman & Lois' DC FanDome panel, executive producer and showrunner Todd Helbing (The Flash) explained why he wanted to take the titular pair in this direction.

"As a father who happens to have two boys, that felt like a really great way to bring in some personal experience [and] just to tell really a story that is as grounded as it can possibly be to have Superman in it," said Helbing. "And as a couple, we really get to lean into Clark and Lois not being Superman [and] the most famous journalist in the world, but really as parents — like what is that like when you have jobs like that?"

Hasmik's previous credits include Hello My Name is Doris and All the Bright Places.

Superman & Lois
will debut on The CW on 2021.

 

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‘Degrassi’ Alum Stacey Farber to Play Leslie Larr on ‘Superman & Lois’

Larr may be a version of an obscure “Supergirl” villain



Stacey Farber is joining the cast of The CW’s upcoming “Superman & Lois” where she’ll play Leslie Larr in recurring role.

Farber’s Larr is described as “the right hand to one of the most influential people on the planet, she’s gone from a young, idealistic dreamer to a hardened, world-worn dream killer. Athletic, strong… and oftentimes heartless.”

We’re going to bet that “one of the most influential people” is none other than frequent Superman foe Lex Luthor, who has been played by “Two and a Half Men” alum Jon Cryer in the CW universe; Cryer has appeared mostly on “Supergirl” as well as last year’s “Crisis On Infinite Earths” mega-crossover.

There isn’t a specific character from DC Comics’ “Superman” mythology that lines up with Leslie Larr as described above. But it’s probably significant that the name is almost identical to Lesla-Larr, a rarely seen enemy of Supergirl created by Superman co-creator Jerry Siegel and artist Jim Mooney in 1961.

First appearing in the 4-issue story “Supergirl’s Secret Enemy!” that began with “Action Comics” #279, Lesla-Larr was a brilliant Kryptonian — which means, like Superman and Supergirl, she has amazing powers when she’s on Earth — from the Bottle city of Kandor. (Literally, it was miniaturized and imprisoned in a bottle.) Envious of Supergirl’s fame on Earth, Lesla-Larr robbed Supergirl of her powers, kidnapped and brought her to Kandor, then went out in the world to take her place.

She subsequently teamed up with Lex Luthor, because of course, but was eventually discovered and sent back to Kandor to be punished. Lesla-Lar returned in a 1963 issue of “Action Comics,” where she was killed by Kryptonian criminals from the Phantom Zone, but she continued to make sporadic appearances as a ghost (no, really) throughout the 60s and 70s. Her last appearance was in 1981’s “Superman Family” #206, where she was apparently destroyed for good, and the character hasn’t appeared in DC Comics since.

Assuming the similarity between the two names isn’t a coincidence, we suspect Superman is going to have a super-problem on his hands when “Superman & Lois” airs in 2021.

“Superman & Lois,” the latest DC Comics-based series from The CW, will debut sometime in January. It stars Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch as the Man of the Steel and Lois Lane, respectively. The series focuses on Superman and his wife Lois Lane, who move back to the town of Smallville after an unspecified “tragic event” and attempt to rebuild their lives. Jordan Elsass and Alexander Garfin star as the pair’s teenage sons, with Dylan Walsh as Lois’ father and Emmanuelle Chriqui as Lana Lang.

Farber is best known for her role as Ellie Nash on the Canadian TV series, “Degrassi: The Next Generation.” She is represented by A3 Artists Agency, The Characters Talent Agency and Silver Lining Entertainment.

 

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The CW Sets Season Premiere Dates For ‘Flash’, ‘Batwoman’, ‘Riverdale’, ‘Nancy Drew’, ‘Charmed’, ‘Walker’ Reboot & More


TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

8-9 p.m. THE FLASH (Season 7 premiere)
9-10 p.m. SUPERMAN & LOIS (Series premiere)

 
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