Superman and Lois TV spin-off in development at The CW
The future of the Arrowverse is looking brighter than ever. While parent show Arrow is entering its final season (season eight kicks off in the UK this week), it's already getting a future Star City-based Canaries spin-off, centred on Dinah Drake, Laurel Lance and Oliver Queen's daughter Mia Smoak. And now Supergirl's Superman and Lois are getting their own series too.
Deadline has reported that Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch will resprise their roles as Clark Kent / Superman and Lois Lane. Hoechlin debuted at the beginning of Supergirl season two, and has reoccurred in the Arrowverse, most recently on last year's crossover Elseworlds, which saw Tulloch's debut as Lois. Both characters will appear in this year's epic crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths.
The site reports that the spin-off is being developed by The Flash executive producer Todd Helbing and DC TV mastermind Greg Berlanti, along with executive producers Sarah Schechter and Geoff Johns via Berlanti Productions. The pilot is being developed as a standalone pilot, separate from the rest of the Arrowverse, perhaps suggesting that it will be set before the events of Supergirl - Superman already being an established figure when the series began.
Batwoman was the latest new spin-off to debut this season. Unfortunately Sky One have been unable to obtain the rights to the series, with another UK broadcaster rumoured (as reported by Geek Town). What this means for this year's crossover in the UK is a mystery (Batwoman is hour two of Crisis on Infinite Earths). Sadly, UK viewers may miss out on a key episode of the story. We did recently post a review of the pilot episode from our US-based writer Rebecca, which you can read here (beware of spoilers of course). Fellow The CW show Black Lightning (which will also crossover this year for the first time), is notably missing from Netflix UK, another sign of recent streaming rights issues for shows outside the US.
In the meantime, check out our reviews of Supergirl, The Flash and Arrow as they air on Sky One weekly.