Tyler Hoechlin is reclaiming the red boots for the three-night special, but this time a very familiar plucky reporter will be at his side.
DC fans have been gearing up for the next annual CW crossover event, which has already promised to be all kinds of awesome with the addition of Batwoman. Now, Deadline reports that Superman himself will be joining in on the fun — and he won’t be alone. For the first time in the CW’s DC history, the lovably headstrong Lois Lane will be making an appearance. Supergirl executive producers Jessica Queller and Robert Rovner had this to say about her debut:
“We couldn’t be more excited to introduce Lois Lane to the Arrowverse… This dogged, determined and brave reporter will make for a strong partner to Superman and amazing addition to our universe of DC characters.”
Tyler Hoechlin (Teen Wolf, Everybody Wants Some) will be reprising his role as the man of steel, an exciting event to say the least as his previous appearances in Supergirl have only consisted of temporary cameos. Now, Superman will stick around for all three crossover episodes this year. The iconic figure will be a thrill to see fighting side by side with Green Arrow and the Flash, besides his usual team-up with cousin Kara/Supergirl.
Although Superman will be getting considerably more airtime during the special event, the CW has maintained that there are no plans to create a spin-off series of his own. Tyler Hoechlin is perhaps the most fitting Clark Kent/Superman since Christopher Reeve back in 1978, and fans on Twitter seem to agree, but it’s extremely possible that Warner Bros has (in a word) discouraged too many Superman or Batman appearances outside of the DCEU films. They may be willing to sign off on Superman’s guest appearances, but maybe not quite yet a full-time series.
As for Lois Lane, the casting for the Daily Planet reporter is said to begin very soon. She has only been mentioned in passing on Supergirl but not too many details have been revealed about her besides her relationship with Clark Kent. Not to knock Amy Adams, but it would be nice to see the character appear as the more familiar brunette from the comics.
Or, what would be even more refreshing would be a WOC Lois Lane. The CW, and as of late DC as a whole, has been making a real effort in terms of inclusivity and it would be all the more impactful if they were to cast a wider net in the search for Superman’s love interest. In past animated films like Superman: Doomsday and All-Star Superman Lois Lane was actually portrayed as a woman of color, making it difficult for any problematic fanboys to argue much if the CW were to cast such an actress (though realistically there will always be complaints).
There are a few actresses who could certainly do the iconic character justice. Japanese actress Sonoya Mizuno (Ex Machina, Crazy Rich Asians) could be a great fit for the debut CW role, should her appearance in the new TV mini-series Maniac not get in the way. The role would also be a neat diversion from the typical roles Glee alum Dianna Agron has had in the past, moving from a cookie-cutter love interest to one that gets to have a piece of the action as well. Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin), should she find time in her busy schedule, could bring a warm, playful touch to Lois Lane as well — and it helps that she’s already a familiar face on the CW.
Lane has not been seen in live action television since 2004, in Smallville, but has made a lot of animated appearances. She’s always a fun character to see on screen opposite her more brawny partner, able to hold her own in a crisis. Lois Lane’s tough yet charismatic personality makes her instantly likable, and it isn’t hard to see her getting along well with brave fellow reporter Kara/Supergirl. The confident Kate Kane/Batwoman will likely get along just fine with Lane as they both share a passion for social justice; Lois Lane often uses her aggressive style of journalism to champion the truth.
The CW’s Supergirl has not made it clear if their version of Lois Lane is aware that Clark Kent and Superman are one in the same. She is dating Clark Kent — and would most likely expect him to be by her side reporting on the action, which could prove tricky for the incognito hero. It would be fun to see this secretive aspect play out in the background of the crossover event’s action, and would result in some added pressure for Superman.
The three-night event will premiere on December 9th with The Flash at 8 pm, followed by Arrow at 8 pm on December 10th and then finally Supergirl on the 11th.