In an in-depth interview with showrunner Todd Helbing, EW.com has published an article which delves in to the story behind how the “Superman & Lois” TV series came about, their initial ideas about having a son and a daughter instead of twin sons, and the villains we will see in Season 1.
“We wanted to have a villain for Superman and a villain for Lois,” says Helbing, “and then find a way for those two to speak to each other and ultimately merge in a way that’s entertaining and satisfactory and speaks to the mythology of Superman.” Coming into Superman & Lois, Helbing hopes viewers “shift what you’re expecting to see” on a week-to-week basis. In the same way that every Friday Night Lights episode didn’t culminate in a football game, the same can be said of Superman & Lois in terms of the comic book thrills. “Sometimes the Superman story is a true Superman story, and it’s just him being kickass and influences the story in a way that you might not expect, which is episode 3. Sometimes it’s a new villain, but it speaks to the larger picture of the season. Sometimes it has to do with the mythology of the season,” says Helbing, who reveals that season 1 will feature the villain Killgrave. “We didn’t want to do freak-of-the-week [like Smallville], we didn’t necessarily want to do one villain, and we didn’t necessarily want to do what [The Flash showrunner] Eric Wallace is doing, where he has a graphic-novel approach. We kind of wanted to do our own thing, but the true north was really: How is the family reacting to what is going on around them? And what’s the true meaning of that?”
The 90-minute Pilot will air on Tuesday, February 23 from 8:00pm/7:00pmC, with a documentary special titled “Superman & Lois: Legacy of Hope” starting at 9:30pm/8:30pmC.