Great news for fans of the Man of Steel, as Superman is about to get his own show in the Arrowverse. Over the last couple of days, multiple news sites have carried stories that a show is on the horizon and now it has been confirmed by its stars, Tyler Hoechlin and Bitsie Tulloch.
Hoechlin, who currently plays the role of Clark Kent/Superman on The CW’s Supergirl series took to Instagram to explain how happy he is to be a part of the new series. During a lengthy post he mentioned his co-star, Bitsie Tulloch, who will be joining him as Lois Lane, and he thanked the team who have got the project off the ground, including Arrowverse architect, Greg Berlanti.
“I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to tell this story, that for now shall remain a secret. But I’ve been blessed with nothing less than the most wonderful people to do it alongside of.”
“I couldn’t ask for a better partner than @BitsieTulloch in all of this. I’ve already learned so much from her and I know that won’t stop anytime soon. So thank you @gberlanti and everyone else who brought her in as our Lois Lane.”
He continued: “All the people behind the scenes care so much about these characters and their lives and the parts to which we’ll be speaking about, it gives me great comfort to know that they’ll steer us in the right direction.
“Thank you to everyone that said “yes” to this project (Warner Brothers, DC, CW). We won’t let you down. It’s going to be a grand adventure. Can’t wait to get to work!”
With the cat now officially out of the bag, Hoechlin’s co-star, Bitsie Tulloch also took to Instagram to discuss the show. She said:
“@tylerhoechlin and I are so happy that we can finally talk about this project!! I am so excited (thank you @warnerbrostv, @dccomics, @thecw, @gberlanti et al). Our incredible showrunner Todd Helbing is writing SUCH a riveting, unique, and poignant story for us. And I couldn’t ask for a better or more fun partner than Tyler.”
Hoechlin has played the role of Superman in a handful of episodes of Supergirl since the debut of the show’s second season, with Tulloch taking on the part of Lois Lane during the show’s fourth season. However, up until now the characters’ inclusion in the Arrowverse was restricted to guest spots dependent on the agreement of Warner Bros./DC Comics.
As with Batman, a restriction on Superman was in place while the character appeared on the big screen in the form of Henry Cavill’s Man of Steel. Now that Cavill’s Superman has been benched – despite Warner Bros.’ insistence this isn’t the case – the character has been freed up for this new TV series.
No date has been given for the arrival of the Superman show, but don’t expect to see it until late 2020. In the meantime, the Arrowverse is currently being served by Arrow, The Flash, Batwoman, Supergirl, Legends of Tomorrow and the sort-of-connected, Black Lightning.
Arrow will conclude its run at the beginning of 2020 – bowing out after a ten-episode final season. The remaining five shows, Flash through Black Lightning, are expected to continue on into new seasons next year – unless decided otherwise.
Oh, and before the new Superman show makes its debut, Hoechlin and Tulloch will appear in this year’s huge Arrowverse crossover, Crisis on Infinite Earths. The characters will take guest roles alongside the likes of Tom Welling, Kevin Conroy, John Wesley Shipp, Burt Ward and many, many more.
Crisis on Infinite Earths begins in December and in terms of scope and guest stars, it is expected to be the television equivalent of Avengers: Endgame. So, if you are currently behind on the Arrowverse now is the time to play catch-up (something I am currently doing).
So, what do we think about this new Superman show? Good idea? Bad idea? It would seem that with this show officially ‘go’ on The CW, Henry Cavill’s Superman is done and dusted. But… we kind of guessed that already, right?
Whatever your thoughts and feelings, sound off in the comments section, then prepare to welcome a new era of Superman stories.