When Superman & Lois left us last season, Clark (Tyler hoechlin) defeated the Kryptonian half-brother Tal-Rho (Adam Rayner), son Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) survived an attack by his brother Jordan (Alex Garfin), who was saved from his evil uncle’s mind control after Lois (Bitsie Tulloch) invaded his consciousness, and her father, General Lane (Dylan Walsh) announced that he had resigned from the Department of Defense.
Then, in the final seconds of the epic time slot, alien visitor John Henry Irons (Wolé Park) was blocked from leaving Smallville by the fiery crash of a spaceship carrying his daughter Natalie (Tayler Buck)… a child he shared with the world’s version of Lois Lane. surname.
That family reunion set the emotional precedent for the show’s jaw-dropping Season 2 premiere, “What Lies Beneath.” Given that we know Earth Prime’s Lois miscarries a child who will be named Natalie, the sudden appearance of a young girl who treats Lois as a stranger with her deceased mother’s face, befits Given the traumatic past and the problems on the Kent farm involving two hormonal teenagers (one with superpowers), it’s no surprise that we see Smallville’s first family in trouble. big during their comeback.
We spoke with host Todd Helbing about all of this, as well as what lies ahead as the Kents navigate their new, often uncomfortable, normal.
You take us back to the great tension in Kent’s house. I do not love Lois and Clark conflict like this!
Todd Helbing: [Laughs] Yes. Look, Bitsie is cool and cool. And Tyler, I mean, let’s go, right? With all of our cast, I think last year we figured out what kind of story we could tell, in regards to Lois’ miscarriage. So we really wanted to dive into the history of the Lane family, introduce Lucy and give the audience an understanding of why Lois is, why Lane (Dylan Walsh) is, why Lois is like that. didn’t talk about Lucy, why Lane never talked about their mother, and then actually put it in the pair to see how they would deal with such a situation.
I don’t think we’ve ever had a version of Ella Lane that wasn’t a dead, holy ghost to the family.
When I think about Lois Lane’s character and how her relationship with Lane has progressed in the first season, I really feel like you know, you know, you can go with two children. path when the same thing happens to you: You go the way of Lois if you’re the alpha type, like “I can stop, I can deal with trauma and move on.” And in so many ways makes a perfect partner for Superman, doesn’t it? Because she is very strong and may not worry about him every time he goes out to save a world. But then there’s the flip side, where you feel like you’re missing out on something in your life and that’s what we explore with Lucy.
No, it’s not. We were able to do that thanks to the overlay of Crisis, the rewritten character type.
So you can not only recreate Lucy Lane, but also give Jenna the opportunity to completely recreate a character she already inhabits.
Yes. And she was lovely and on board and excited about it.
And what kind of person is this Lucy?
I don’t want to give too much away, but I will say that she is the complete opposite of Lois. Like, Lois is very secure in her marriage to Clark and as a mother to boys, as well as in her job. Lucy is not one of them. [Laughs]
And do you plan to actually introduce the mother?
You know, I don’t know if that’s going to happen this season. But yeah, in the future, we want to include her.
The season opener also gives us new shade on the matter with Ian BohenLieutenant Anderson and DOD recruits. By the way, who should Not Wearing Clark’s coat of arms.
[Laughs] I know! No, they shouldn’t, that’s something only Clark can give. What’s really exciting for all of us on the writing side is that Lane is retired and if you’re General Lane and you’ve been doing it for 40 years, you’re the manager of Superman and benefit as well. know who he really is. He is married to your daughter, you can manipulate the system to your advantage. [Laughs]
But to Anderson, he didn’t know that secret, so he said, “I don’t get what’s wrong with this guy? He won’t listen to me. He’s not going to do what I’m saying.” And on the Superman side, it’s like, “Oh my God, actually, my father-in-law has really spoiled me a lot more than I realize,” you know? So we’re very excited about that because it works in a lot of ways and you know, his recruits… we’re doing a bit of a story from the books that you’re going to start with. see, American Superman. Putting them in for now, we love the comic’s deeper digs, but other than that, Anderson stealing his logo is just such a FU for Superman.
Seeing these two spars shows so Teen werewolf reminisce, too. Can you tell me anything about your Big Bad, because it can’t be them, can you?
Uh, no, not them. I’m just saying there’s more to this season. They all started off possibly unrelated – “unconnected” might be a better description – but they started to merge. That’s really all I can say, just because if I told you, if I gave you a little tidbit, everyone out there would know who it is.
When do we meet them?
So you’ll see the first trailer at the end of the premiere. In Volume 2 you will get a little more, a different part. And then in Episode 3, you’ll find out what it is.
The season’s opening had some unflattering cinematic sequences. Has your effects budget increased?
I definitely wish it did. [Laughs] Above The Flash and crossovers, I learned a lot about how to make a dollar. And we have a great visual effects team. Matt Gore, our visual effects producer, says he’s really cool, and Louis Milito, our producer… it’s really just a team that really wants to make the show look good as much as we can with the money we have. So we figure out what’s important to the story and then really enhance it. Hey, it’s Superman, you know? Superman has done so much for all of us, let’s do this for him.
I’m always impressed by how you can keep both the realism and the high level of superhero cinema.
Thank you very much. In the beginning, it was like, “If we want to do the show, we have to do it right.” And in Season 1, we fell in love with making the show look good, and that’s scaled down in every shot. We’re going to have a number of locations, you know, all BC sites, but any time we can see a sunset or any time we can find a place that exists. In our world, it doesn’t feel like here, that’s where a war will take place. It adds this quality feature that really only pays dividends.
Now, I know both Alex Garfin and Jordan Elsass are very active on social media during recess to show off their workouts. Is there something you’d like to tell us? Do you have a plan for the two of you to actually get in on the action?
[Laughs] Well, Jordan’s strength is sure to come into play this season. And just like how he really wanted to use his superpower, I think Jon was like, “You know, if I didn’t have the power, I’d be just a kick in everything else that I do.” So he’s going to go all out with football, but it’s going to be crazy coming. We’ll see what people think.
Where does Natalie fall with teenagers? Are we looking at all possible love triangles?
We all find it weird that there’s a love triangle between Jordan, Jonathan, and Natalie, because you know, they’re siblings. So it’s more important that they just develop a friendship. Nat and John Henry, they are struggling in this world and in Smallville. That was probably the last place they thought they would go. But Nat becomes good friends with Sarah (Inde Navarette).
Lana (Emmanuelle Christi) is currently participating in a local election. What is she doing? After last season, didn’t she learn to stay away from politics and business?
[Laughs] We got to it at the end of last season and you’ll see how it goes. But we promised Emmanuel that if we told any kind of political story we would make it interesting. So it gets pretty messy, I would say.
Superman & Lois, Part 2 Premiere, Tuesday, January 11, 8/7c, The CW
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