In the last decade, the CW has produced multiple hit shows within their ever popular ‘Arrowverse’. However, there was a worry that as time went on, these shows would start to feel repetitive and possibly lose their shine. It’s safe to say that the Arrowverse’s latest addition, Superman & Lois, has subverted this fear. In fact, even though it has only just finished its first season, I would argue that it could possibly be regarded as the best addition overall.
Superman & Lois follows the lives of Clark Kent and Lois Lane (played by Tyler Hoechlin and Bitsie Tulloch respectively) as they move back to Smallville from Metropolis, along with their twin sons, Jordan and Jonathan (Alex Garfin and Jordan Elsass). It is here that the parents finally reveal to their children the truth about Clark’s secret identity as Superman and his Kryptonian heritage. Familiar faces greet the Kent family in the form of Clark’s childhood friend, Lana Lang Cushing (Emmanuelle Chriqui), her husband Kyle and two children, Sarah and Sophie Cushing (Erik Valdez, Inde Navarrette and Joselyn Picard) While adjusting to life in Smallville, Superman is still required to assist Lois’ father, General Sam Lane (Dylan Walsh) whenever a threat appears that requires his attention, most notably an armoured menace who is referred to as The Stranger (Wole Parks) and has a personal vendetta against the Man of Steel.
Admittedly, when I first heard that the show would focus on Superman and Lois raising their children, I was a bit apprehensive. I was worried that perhaps the show would become a bit too melodramatic or take too much focus away from Superman himself. These fears were put to rest as the show does an excellent job of giving all the characters an appropriate amount of screen time, while still making it clear that Superman and Lois are the main characters. This is something that I fear other Arrowverse shows don’t always do so well. As far as drama is concerned, the show doesn’t go over the top and instead delivers a very realistic view into what it would be like to have Superman as a father. Jordan and Jonathan have an excellent sibling relationship. They are two very different people but it becomes clear early on that they care and look out for each other above all else. Lois Lane is given room to be the independent, world class reporter that we know her to be. It doesn’t take long for her to sink her teeth into a new story regarding the seemingly philanthropic billionaire; Morgan Edge (Adam Raynor) Motherhood also provides a fresh perspective into her character. She demonstrates the ability to be both firm and compassionate towards her sons and is an excellent wife who, while isn’t afraid to express her own opinions, stands by her partner in all instances. Tyler Hoechlin manages to perfectly capture the earnest and honourable nature of Clark Kent, along with the gravitas of Superman. He is approachable, honest, friendly and powerful. There has been a tendency in media to portray heroes in a slightly grittier way, perhaps out of fear of being too cheesy or campy. However, the portrayal of Superman that we get on this show is optimistic, hopeful and light in tone. Once again, parenthood is used to demonstrate another side of the character, notably an air of vulnerability.
The action scenes in the show are outstanding. Given how powerful Superman is, the writers make sure to put him in plausible situations that provide a challenge for him, while also showing off how capable he is. It is very clear that the special effects were given the budget that they deserved. In terms of production value, one could be forgiven for thinking they were watching a movie. Each episode manages to pack so much in without feeling rushed and there is an undeniable level of care and love dedicated to the story and characters in it.
I can honestly say that this is a heavy contender for being the best show in the Arrowverse and easily one of the best live action superhero shows I’ve ever watched. Of course, given the fact that it’s only had one season so far, that status may change in the future, but I don't think that's likely. If you are looking for the next big superhero show or would like the chance to get to know the Man of Steel more, then I highly recommend it!