The series premiere of The CW's Superman & Lois will be a 90-minute affair, complete with a half-hour special celebrating the launch of the network's first official Superman show. Smallville kicked off the modern superhero-TV boom with a decade-long look at Clark Kent's early years and Supergirl -- inherited by The CW from sister network CBS -- has tackled the superheroic tales of the Man of Steel's cousin Kara. But Superman & Lois will be the first live-action TV series with "Superman" in the title since Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman went off the air in 1997, and that's cause for a night of celebration.
The celebratory night of Super-storytelling will come at a cost: The Flash, the network's highest-rated show and their flagship DC superhero series now that Arrow is gone, will debut on March 2 rather than February 23 as originally planned.
Superman & Lois will debut its extended pilot on February 23, followed by a half-hour special called Superman & Lois: Legacy of Hope, which will feature sneak peeks at upcoming episodes, cast and crew interviews, and other super-fans weighing in on the impact of Superman and Lois Lane.
In Superman & Lois, after years of facing megalomaniacal supervillains, monsters wreaking havoc on Metropolis, and alien invaders intent on wiping out the human race, the world's most famous superhero, The Man of Steel aka Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin, Teen Wolf) and comic books' most famous journalist, Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch, Grimm), come face-to-face with one of their greatest challenges ever - dealing with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today's society.
Complicating the already daunting job of raising two boys, Clark and Lois must also concern themselves with whether or not their sons Jonathan (Jordan Elsass, Little Fires Everywhere) and Jordan (Alexander Garfin, The Peanuts Movie) could inherit their father's Kryptonian superpowers as they grow older. Returning to Smallville to handle some Kent family business, Clark and Lois are reacquainted with Lana Lang (Emmanuelle Chriqui, Entourage), a local loan officer who also happens to be Clark's first love, and her Fire Chief husband Kyle Cushing (Erik Valdez, Graceland).
The adults aren't the only ones rediscovering old friendships in Smallville as the Kent sons are reacquainted with Lana and Kyle's rebellious daughter, Sarah (Inde Navarrette, Wander Darkly). Of course, there's never a dull moment in the life of a superhero, especially with Lois' father, General Samuel Lane (Dylan Walsh, Nip/Tuck) looking for Superman to vanquish a villain or save the day at a moment's notice. Meanwhile, Superman and Lois' return to idyllic Smallville is set to be upended when a mysterious stranger (Wolé Parks, All American) enters their lives.
Based on the characters from DC created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman & Lois is written and executive produced by Todd Helbing (The Flash) and executive produced by Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, Geoff Johns. The series is from Berlanti Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.