Announced today was the somewhat expected straight-to-series order for Superman & Lois for the CW’s Arrowverse. Series starring Tyler Heochkin (MTV’s Teen Wolf) and Elizabeth Tulloch (Grimm) will focus on the Man of Steel and his wife, ace reporter Lois Lane, as they deal with the struggle of raising super powered kid(s). SPOILER ALERT: Previously before Crisis, Clark and Lois had one son…and now afterwards they have TWO. Quite the handful I would imagine!
While this announcement has been expected as previously stated, I can only wonder what this will mean for Supergirl and her solo show. History has rarely been kind to Kara Zor-El when trying to coexist in the same medium as her much more famous cousin. Usually it’s due to poor writing and lack of imagination with making her unique enough to be her own woman apart from Superman. Yet even though Supergirl has been on for 4 seasons, she’s been bogged down by facing villains that Superman has already faced and many of the other challenges have revolved heavily on social commentary.
Because of the social commentary angle, a lot of people have felt the show is very preachy or heavy handed, and they aren’t wrong to feel this way. One of the worst narratives said over the show is that it practically bludgeons viewers over the head with its narratives, to the point that it detracts from the show itself and makes it hard to enjoy. However one of the few strengths it has is the friendship formed between Kara and Lena Luthor, something currently frayed by recent storylines, but it’s not enough to carry the show.
Supergirl suffers from incredibly low ratings, even for a network like the CW. Now with a Superman show coming, how will Greg Berlanti’s crew make Supergirl even more different from it? The only difference will be Kara not being married or having a child, but at it’s heart, Superman and Supergirl have been presented as essentially the same character with different genders. Both pursuing the never-ending quest for truth, justice and all that stuff. What exactly will be the purpose of a Supergirl show, when Superman will also be there?
That’s the never ending quest Berlanti now faces. Then again, this is the man who’s pulled off an epic Crisis on Infinite Earths Crossover. If anyone can do it, it just might be him.