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Superman And Lois: EP Todd Helbing Tells Us Why “Dark Superman” Stories Are So Pervasive!

Published on May 18th, 2021 | Updated on May 18th, 2021 | By FanFest

So you may, or may not, know this but… Superman And Lois is back tonight! Fans are incredibly eager to see the continuation of the Man of Steel in the Arrowverse! So far Superman And Lois hasn’t just met fans’ expectations, but has exceeded them! This is a show that takes the character very seriously.

The series has actually been on hiatus, due to Covid-19. It wasn’t all bad news, of course. We got several weeks of Supergirl. That doesn’t mean we aren’t happy to have Superman And Lois back, though!

Todd Helbing, the showrunner, recently sat down to discuss some aspects of the series. These include evil Superman and Captain Luthor. Captain Luthor seems to be our primary antagonist of the series, for this season anyway. Fans still hope to see Jon Cryer’s Lex Luthor eventually, though

Still, to understand Captain Luthor’s motives we’ll be seeing more of the universe where he is from. This is where we’ll see Tyler Hoechlin portray a much darker, evil Superman.

“There’s a lot of information that starts to come out,” Helbing said while referring to the next few episodes while speaking with “You get all the complications of Jordan having powers in a small town. Captain Luthor, you get a lot more of his backstory. Why he’s here, and really start to flesh out who he really is. You get all the meat and potatoes about his character. Lois and Morgan Edge start to go toe to toe a little bit more. All the stories sort of come together, and then Superman is brought into all of them.”

The evil version of Superman is a storyline that’s been around forever. Over the last few years, however, it seems to have gotten rather popular again. Helbing thinks there’s still room for stories featuring an evil Superman, though.

“I think Tyler actually summed it up perfectly in one of the interviews that he did,” Helbing said. “Our show is about, really about family, and it’s about parents and kids and the decisions, as parents, that you have to make that are tough. And you’re not sure if they’re the right decisions all the time. And so we really, from day one, had talked about… It’s one of the lines in the pilot where Jordan is playing Injustice 2, and he’s like, ‘Ah, Superman’s boring.’ I think for so long, it felt like Superman was boring, because he was good. And that’s insane to all of us. That’s how he should be — that should be the most interesting part about him. I think it’s why we lean into the Clark Kent so much. In our show, we wanted to see the flip side, so everybody could see just how interesting the good version is, and how important he is.”

General Sam Lane is involved too and might become relevant in a way to destroy Superman. This is concerning, considering the fact that the season started with Superman and the general actually getting along. This is very different to how they are normally portrayed.

“Sam…A, he’s a workaholic. But B, the Threat Reduction Agency, he takes that very seriously. He just wants to do what’s best for the world, and when you have a job that’s as important as his, sometimes you have to make a lot of sacrifices,” Helbing explained. “One of them was his relationship with Lois. He, in a lot of ways, is like Superman. Gone all the time. And I think that’s why she is so hell bent on having Clark being present in her boy’s life, because she was the recipient of a parent like that. I think Lane is always approaching this from “this is my job” perspective, and not so much a parent perspective. Clark is approaching it from a parent perspective, and not a job perspective. And I think that’s really where the clash is coming from. They get into some heated arguments, but as with all our characters, I think you can understand where Lane’s coming from, and you can understand where Superman is coming from. It makes it a little bit more interesting. But, you’ll see their relationship continue to evolve over the season. And his relationship with the boys, his relationship with Lois and all that gets to a pretty great spot, towards the end of the season.”

It will be incredibly interesting to see how this all shakes out!

Superman & Lois airs at 9 p.m. ET/PT on The CW, following episodes of The Flash on Tuesday nights.


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