Superman & Lois boss Todd Helbing has revealed that the new Arrowverse spin-off will be set in Smallville.
Ahead of the superhero series premiering in January 2021, the showrunner explained that since the story of the Kryptonian dogooder has been set in Metropolis throughout many iterations, they figured it would be cool to concentrate on his life away from the big city.
"Obviously, there was the Smallville series. But I came from a small town in the midwest, and the town that I grew up in had a business leave that sort of affected everybody in the town, and the town started to dry up. It felt very current with recent years after 2008," Helbing explained during a DC FanDome panel earlier in the week.
"So we wanted to tell a story where you have the parents, after this tragic event happens, move back to Smallville and really find that it's easier, maybe, to raise kids in a place where life isn't so hectic, as it is in Metropolis."
With Supergirl stars Elizabeth Tulloch and Tyler Hoechlin reprising their roles as the titular characters, Superman & Lois will reportedly see the Man of Steel's superhero antics take a bit of a backseat.
Instead, it'll focus on the couple as they try to "deal with all of the stress, pressures, and complexities that come with being working parents to two teenage sons, post-Crisis retconned twins Jonathan and Jordan, in today's society".
The Vampire Diaries' Wole Parks, Nip/Tuck actor Dylan Walsh and Entourage's Emmanuelle Chriqui also star as The Stranger, General Lane and Clark's first love Lana Lang respectively.
"He's a very military guy so he sort of looks at Superman as his soldier," Helbing said of Lois's father. "His relationship with [his daughter] is a little fraught because of the way he took his job when he was a parent vs. the way that Clark is doing his job. So all of that messiness is really fun."
Superman & Lois is set to premiere in January 2021 on The CW in the US.
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