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Lo and behold, the next chapter of the Arrow-verse is already in development at The CW, and it's apparently going to be quite a super project. The network is in active development on a new hour-long drama, titled Superman & Lois, that will be squarely focused on the Man of Steel and Lois Lane. Holy Krypton!
Thankfully, it's confirmed that The CW's Superman & Lois Lane will continue building upon the characters that have already been introduced through Supergirl, with Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch reprising the roles of Clark Kent (and Superman) and Lois Lane, respectively. No other casting was announced for the project, but fans can probably expect to see a few familiar faces from Supergirl and possibly beyond.
Here's the official synopsis from The CW:
The world’s most famous Super Hero and comic books’ most famous journalist deal with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society.
Superman & Lois's pilot screenplay is being penned by Todd Helbing, who served as The Flash's showrunner for several years before stepping down ahead of Season 6. It wasn't entirely clear where his efforts would be going next, but it makes sense that he would end up taking over an even bigger DC Comics TV series.
Executive producers for Superman & Lois are quite familiar to the Arrow-verse franchise, with Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Geoff Johns taking on those behind-the-scenes roles. Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. TV will be the studios behind the project, to be expected.
The CW is already gearing up to have some fun with Superman in the near-ish future, with the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover set to feature Superman Returns star Brandon Routh as a wholly different version of the Man of Steel that ties into the Kingdom Come comic run. Routh, who is exiting his role of Ray Palmer in The CW's Legends of Tomorrow, will be sharing screentime with Tyler Hoechlin for the first time as a fellow Superman.
Tyler Hoechlin had already been an established part of the Supergirl universe by the time the Arrow-verse's "Elseworlds" crossover took place in 2017. However, the episodes marked the first time that Lois Lane was introduced, with Grimm vet Elizabeth Tulloch landing the iconic role. Fans were pretty pleased all around by this live-action iteration of the comic book couple, and it sounds like the producers were eager to find ways to expand those characters within the primetime universe. (This also matches up with what The CW's head honcho was saying about possible replacements for Arrow when it bows out after this season.)