Why Do Fans Love “Superman & Lois”?

Superman & Lois

DC Comics has published an interview with “Superman & Lois” Executive Producer Todd Helbing ahead of tonight’s new episode, discussing why the show has been a hit with both hardcore and casual Superman fans, and what we can expect from upcoming episodes.

Helbing attributes the show’s success to date on the fact that it focuses more on Clark Kent than Superman.

“I think it’s because at its heart, it’s a family drama, where Clark Kent is more of a character than Superman. That’s really what it is. I think any time you get too comic book heavy, you lose people. Our whole approach is if you can ground a Superman story and find a way to tell Superman stories in that format, it can resonate. I’m just really happy that people are responding to it.”

As for the second person in the show’s title, Lois, Helbing touches on where the ex-Daily Planet reporter is at now that her career has changed direction and what her plan is now that she’s living in a small town instead of the big city.

“I don’t know if Lois Lane ever has a long-term plan. She’s one of these people that when she sees a story, she goes after it with everything that she has because there’s always going to be another story after that. What she didn’t realize in Smallville was that this was a town, like all kinds of small towns in America, where there are plenty of stories, it’s just people never think about it. It’s always New York and LA—the big cities. What she discovers is that every single person in Smallville has a pretty awesome story, and it’s up to her to seek them out. She doesn’t have to wait for the stories to come to her now, she can just go find them. I think that’s what’s going to be a little bit different.”

A Superman show wouldn’t be what it is without a Luthor involved, and Helbing reveals that Captain Luthor plays a big role in the next few episodes.

“Lois and Luthor go into the mines together and she gets a little information that causes her to suspect that this guy isn’t being forthright. Then in episode 7, you get a huge part of his backstory. His character really comes into focus in next week’s episode.”

You can read the complete interview at DCComics.com.

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Superman2878
May 18, 2021 7:04 pm

I can’t speak for others but I enjoy this show because of how fresh it is. It’s not just another retelling of Superman’s origins, it’s an expansion of his life well after he’s established himself as earth’s greatest superhero. The story is well written and the acting and chemistry between the actors are so well done by the actors. They make the audience care about them. From Superman and Lois to their kids Jordan and Jonathan. The weight of the world and the worries and proud moments of fatherhood for Superman. The search for the truth and the cares and… Read more »

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superhero
May 18, 2021 8:27 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

i enjoy for many of the same reasons. it’s well written, as you say, and i love that it takes the subject(s) seriously. the brother interaction is realistic, speaking as an older brother. the sfx are terrific! it doesn’t pander to the lowest common denominator…in other words, it doesn’t feel campy, silly, or like any other cw/dc show. i have watched most of the other shows, supergirl, flash, legends, arrow, etc. but this show feels like an extension of the amazing animated justice league/unlimited. adult stories with fantastical characters. i guess it kinda feels like bruce timm is the man… Read more »

Superman2878
May 18, 2021 10:13 pm
Reply to  superhero

Yeah, that would really be something if Bruce was involved in the making and production of this series. Who knows? Maybe they consult with him with ideas. It’s possible. You do have a very good point on how different and how much better the quality this show has compared to the others. Not that I’m knocking on the other CW superhero programs they have, but it looks more realistic and I would even say it has a movie like quality about it. I definitely think that this show is the currently best running show on the CW. The CW has… Read more »

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Superman2878
May 18, 2021 10:20 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

I just finished tonight’s episode and in my opinion it’s another home run! 😀

superhero
May 18, 2021 10:24 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

amen to the currently best running show on the cw! (insert awesome emoji here) they definitely spend more budget on the fx, and we are all the more thankful for it. truly movie quality. i now realize i’m growing out of the cookie cutter phase, which i lovingly claim smallville as, including the flash and supergirl. i loved those shows, but i can appreciate the mature stories as well.

Superman2878
May 18, 2021 10:48 pm
Reply to  superhero

Yeah, my only advice to the CW about this show would be” don’t change anything. You’ve found and cracked the code to making a successful Superman series.”

superhero
May 18, 2021 10:50 pm
Reply to  Superman2878

again, i say truly, amen brother!

Superman2878
May 18, 2021 11:01 pm
Reply to  superhero

Right on! 🙂

redcape
May 19, 2021 12:33 pm

It’s a repetitive rut they’re in. They’ve just announced two new animated series coming to HBO Max. Batman and Superman. Batman will be “reimagined” and Superman will be an “action packed comedic adventure” with Siuperman and Lois Lane! Ongoing “ruts”.

MattComics
May 19, 2021 2:18 pm

“I think it’s because at its heart, it’s a family drama, where Clark Kent is more of a character than Superman. That’s really what it is. I think any time you get too comic book heavy, you lose people.” I’m kind of annoyed by this statement. Maybe it just reminds me too much of Kenneth Johnson about the Incredible Hulk. Making it sound like the comic book aspects are something to be ashamed of and avoid. I agree one million times Clark is who Superman is and that gives you the means to relate to him but he’s also Superman… Read more »

NeoRanger
May 19, 2021 3:20 pm

“Helbing attributes the show’s success to date on the fact that it focuses more on Clark Kent than Superman.”
I don’t know my dude, I’d say that a decade of bottom-tier super-hero adaptations on the network that doesn’t get invited to any lunch table at recess might have something to do with this as well. Ask Supergirl about this.