Jordan Elsass Talks About “Superman and Lois”

Actor Jordan Elsass recently participated in an interview with the FTTV Podcast to talk about being cast as Jonathan Kent for the upcoming “Superman and Lois” TV series, what the audition process was like, and what he hopes the series will do for Superman as a character.

In regards to auditioning for the role, Jordan reveals that he actually first auditioned for the role of Jordan Kent, the socially awkward of the two Kent brothers, which eventually went to Alex Garfin.

“I had an initial self tape that I sent in, and then there was a second self tape. They actually switched characters. So originally, my castmate Alex, I auditioned for the character he’s playing, Jordan, which is my name in real life, which is funny. And so that was the original audition tape, and then I did a second one for Jonathan. I went in for a screen test in front of Warner Bros., and then there was a network test in front of CW, and so I went in for that network test and that was the final step in the audition process. It’s a weird thing, because I’ve never auditioned or been that far along in the audition process for a network show.” Jordan then goes on to describe where he was when he and his mother found out that he’d won the role.

Although humbled and excited, Jordan admits he’s not too familiar with The CW superhero shows.

“In all honesty, I’m not too familiar with the Arrowverse as it is right now. Going back to the TV shows I would watch when I was younger, Smallville was one of my absolute favorites.”

“But going off that I mean, yeah, something like this, I want to delve into those comics to at least have that there if I need to draw from that,” he said. “I definitely want to do my research.”

As for what he thinks the show will do for the character of Superman, and whether it will make him more relatable to audiences, Jordan says, “I think the beauty of this show is that it’s going to be a little bit less about Superman as Superman. It’s more going to be about Clark Kent as Clark Kent. I think that’s the beauty, and that’ll make the character more relatable for people. That’s going to bring a whole fresh new take, with having to deal with these family issues. It’s going to be a whole new side, I think to, Clark/Superman that we’ve never seen before.”

Listen to the entire interview at the FTTV Podcast.

Written by Todd Helbing, based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, “Superman & Lois” revolves around superhero Superman and journalist Lois as they deal with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society.

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MattComics
February 25, 2020 3:54 pm

“..less about Superman as Superman. It’s more going to be about Clark Kent as Clark Kent.” Hrrm. Okay yes Clark Kent is relatable but Clark Kent is Superman and you don’t get to just amputate that or act like it doesn’t matter. Even when you go buy the approach of “Clark is who I am, Superman is what I do.” well, he needs still to do what he does: being Superman! Tights and flights, truth and justice, the whole 9! I love seeing him as a family man but he also still needs to be Superman. You have to find… Read more »

micah
February 26, 2020 11:21 pm
Reply to  MattComics

He’s just a kid. I wouldn’t worry about it too much. He also said see him as Clark in Clark’s life….like we’ve never seen that Before. Lois and Clark showed us that side….Smallville did….superman the animated series….his comments don’t worry me at all as he doesn’t seem well researched on the subject. I also doubt he even knows much about HIS show at this point. None of this is to say anything negative about him. Just that he’s not the source to neither be worried OR gain confidence in the series.

MattComics
February 27, 2020 10:04 am
Reply to  micah

My concern wasn’t necessarily directed at him but I was assuming he’s at least seen a script by this point but maybe you’re right. Perhaps he’s just been given some sides and the basic pitch.

micah
February 27, 2020 5:21 pm
Reply to  MattComics

Not to mention, it isn’t uncommon for an actor to talk about a job and it be nothing like what they said simply because they’re only viewing it From thier characters perspective. The kid of superman who doesn’t know his identity likely wouldn’t be focused all that much on superman as much as dad. Clark.

sum1else
February 25, 2020 6:03 pm

Is it just me, or does he look a bit young to be Jonathan Kent???

afriend
February 25, 2020 6:41 pm

Dear DC/WB/CW,

With regards to Superman:

STOP TRYING TO REINVENT ME WHEEL!!

Thank You,

afriend

Superman2878
February 25, 2020 8:24 pm
Reply to  afriend

Dear WB,

Don’t get me wrong, I am looking forward to seeing this series but please, Please, PLEASE make a Brandon Routh SUPERMAN series on HBO or HBO max or something with Routh as Superman! We want more of his version of Superman. So please do something with him.

Sincerely,
Superman2878

Superman2878
February 25, 2020 8:40 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

I know that I keep asking, but I strongly believe that if we voice our support through social media for a Brandon Routh Superman series, it will happen.
Routh for Superman! 🙂

afriend
February 25, 2020 9:49 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

It only took 26 years for the Donner Cut of Superman II to happen (and I’m holding out hope for the ABC cut) 🙂

Superman2878
February 25, 2020 10:07 pm
Reply to  afriend

I always welcome any cut of Superman the movie. It’s my favorite film. 🙂

Superman2878
February 25, 2020 10:20 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

WB, remember the huge fan reaction to Routh as Superman? I remember it. I saw all the great things fans have said online about it. Don’t you want to see more of that successful response to Superman? Just picture it. Every week. High viewer ratings for Routh’s Superman series. That success can be yours WB. And all you have to do is just say yes and green light the series. Just picture it WB. TV viewers all around the world watching and cheering for Routh’s Superman. With the beloved John Williams Superman score playing every week for every episode. Fans… Read more »

micah
February 26, 2020 11:23 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

YESSS!!!
#superouth

Superman2878
February 27, 2020 10:32 am
Reply to  micah

YES!
#superouth
I like it!!! 😀
Make it happen WB! 😀

micah
February 26, 2020 11:24 pm
Reply to  afriend

Afriend…..i completely agree! What if they did change the shape of the wheel. A trapazoid for instance. It would suck. Don’t make superman a trapazoid