The CW is all about superheroes thanks to shows like Supergirl, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow, Black Lightning and the soon-to-end Arrow. The big news this year is a massive crossover event called Crisis on Infinite Earths, which brings together heroes from those shows and many from the past as well. It will also mark the return of Supergirl guest stars Tyler Hoechlin and Bitsie Tulloch as Superman and Lois Lane, who, it’s been announced, are going to be starring in their own series for the network, Superman & Lois.
The rumors of a new series focusing on the Man of Steel began last October. The last time that the character was featured in a live-action TV show of his own was on the CW prequel Smallville, which enjoyed a 10-year run beginning in 2001. Since then he’s primarily been on the big screen in the form of Henry Cavill starting with 2013’s Man of Steel; and then through a trio of guest appearances on the CW’s Supergirl, with Tyler donning the famous blue and red costume.
The first show focusing on the character was 1952-1958’s Adventures of Superman, starring George Reeves as the Man of Steel. This was followed by 1966-1969’s animated The New Adventures of Superman, 1973-1985’s animated variations of Super Friends, 1988’s animated Superman as well as 1988-1992’s live-action Superboy (first played by John Haymes Newton and then Gerard Christopher), 1993-1997’s live-action Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (with Dean Cain donning the tights alongside Teri Hatcher),1996-2000’s Superman: The Animated Series, Smallville (starring Tom Welling), 2001-2006’s animated Justice League/Justice League Unlimited, the animated Justice League Action, which launched in 2016; and the recent series that indirectly involved the character, Krypton. Currently the character of Superboy is featured on the DC Universe streaming series Titans.
Which leads us back to the new Superman & Lois, which has preceded by a number of events taking place involving the Man of Steel character that had been suggesting that this was a possibility.
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