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.”