Superman and Lois is a hallmark and a heavy-hitter in the CW’s line of DC-inspired TV shows, a lineup that at one point included Arrow, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow, but has been cut down to only a few TV series in recent years. Running alongside The Flash, which has an impressive nine seasons under its belt, the CW’s Superman and Lois is comparatively small with just two seasons completed, and news from a recent CW press event doesn’t spell good things for the longevity of Superman and Lois, which reportedly only has “one or two” seasons left.
Created in 2021, the CW’s Superman and Lois follows a version of Clark Kent/Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) and Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch) as they move from Metropolis to Smallville with their two sons Jonathan (Jordan Elsass/Michael Bishop) and Jordan (Alex Garfin). Over the course of two seasons, the show follows the Kent family as they discover that Jordan has inherited Clark’s powers, while Jonathan has not; meanwhile, the family’s idyllic life in Clark’s hometown is disrupted by The Stranger (Wole Parks), a mysterious villain from another Earth, and Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner), a powerful mogul with ties to Krypton and Clark’s past.
Produced by Greg Berlanti, Superman and Lois was reportedly first meant to be a part of the CW’s Arrowverse, in the same universe where The Arrow (2012), The Flash (2014), Supergirl (2015), Legends of Tomorrow (2016), and Batwoman (2019) all take place, but during production, it was decided that Superman and Lois would take place in an alternate universe from the rest, while still airing on the CW.
DC Bosses Say ‘Superman and Lois’ to End After ‘One or Two More Seasons’
In a press event Monday, DC Studios bosses James Gunn and Peter Safran said that of the CW’s lineup, Superman and Lois is “a show everybody likes, so it’s going to keep going for a little bit”, per Variety, but also confirmed that the show only has “one or two more seasons” left. This news isn’t terribly surprising to most, given that many of Berlanti’s other DC series have either ended or will end soon – Supergirl concluded in 2021 and The Flash is heading into its last lap – but the news is still disheartening, especially since Gunn and Safran have also shared that they have nothing else in development with Greg Berlanti.
According to Deadline, Berlanti has signed on for a “massive” four-year deal with Warner Bros. Television Group for Berlanti Productions, which might put a pause on his collaboration with DC Studios. Gunn and Safran have confirmed that Berlanti’s prospective Green Lantern series will not be moving forward at the CW. With The Flash, Titans, and Doom Patrol all scheduled to end after their current seasons, the future of Berlanti’s work – as well as his partnership with DC – is unknown and possibly in jeopardy.
Superman and Lois on the CW is executive produced by David Madden, Geoff Johns, Kristi Korzec, Sarah Schechter, Lee Toland Krieger, Todd Helbing, and Greg Berlanti for Berlanti Productions, DC Entertainment, and Warner Bros. Television. Seasons 1 and 2 of Superman and Lois are currently available to stream on the CW.