SuperFam is What Makes Superman and Lois Great
For Tyler Hoechlin, what attracted him to Superman & Lois was that it was Clark Kent and Lois Lane as parents, which created a sort of unique origin story for these iconic characters.
Hoechlin shared this and more with his fellow Superman & Lois cast mates during their Fan Expo Vancouver 2022 panel.
Joining Hoechlin were Bitsie Tulloch (Lois Lane), Jordan Elsass (Jonathan Kent), Alex Garfin (Jordan Kent) and Ian Bohen (Lt. Anderson).
Tulloch was excited that Clark and Lois were parents to teens and she felt immediately protective and maternal towards Elsass and Garfin.
As for the brotherly bond, Elsass said it came easy with Garfin.
Garfin added that COVID helped them get closer. “We bonded in real-life and it shows up on screen.”
Speaking of COVID, the pandemic scrapped any plans for cross-overs with the other Arrowverse shows like The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, which all film in Vancouver.
And while the Arroweverse established a backstory with Clark and Lois like only having one child (the infant Jonathan Kent), Hoechline said in his mind Superman & Lois is a clean slate for what he did previously in the Arrowverse.
“The only memory for Clark is his like with these guys,” said Hoechlin, referring to Tulloch, Elsass and Garfin.
Prior to booking her role of Lois Lane, Tulloch had never seen the Arroverse shows but called working on the cross-overs as summer camp. Now being on the set of Superman & Lois, Tulloch said that “I’ve never had more fun that I do with Tyler. It is non-stop giggles.” She added that the cast loves spending time together.
One of the first questions that Garfin asked Hoechlin was how do you make the laser eyes look cool and Garfin said that Hoechlin told him the more ridiculous you look the better.
In a separate panel featuring just Elsass and Garfin, Garin revealed that the same trainer who trained Tom Welling on Smallville is doing fight training with him on the oft-chance that Jordan will have to fight.
During the same panel, Garfin added that the pressures of having powers will mature Jordan.
Garfin also said that the story that Superman & Lois is trying to tell is that “Power don’t make the person.”
Elsass said that Jonathan is still finding himself and is impressionable. However, Elsass added that he has seen Jonathan mature a lot from the pilot to now.
A new addition to the cast this season is Bohen, who worked previously with Hoechlin on Teen Wolf. Bohen said that he binged the show before joining and was impressed with what he saw. As for Anderson, Bohen calls him a providing an obstacle for Superman and that you will see the conflict as season 2 goes on but at the same time, he doesn’t want him to come across as a dick.
Another newcomer to Superman & Lois is Amy Jo Johnson of Power Rangers fame who comes in to direct a season 2 episode. Hoechlin was a huge Power Rangers fan growing up and was excited for Johnson come in a direct. Hoechlin said she brought great energy and was nice to have a director who has also been in front of the other side.
As for how each cast member would describe their characters, Tulloch calls her Lois “stubborn, bull-headed and uncompromising”, Hoechlin says that his Clark his trying to please everyone and both Garfin and Elssass describe their character as naive. Meanwhile, Bohen describes Andersen is that his best and worse flaw is that his beliefs are correct and we will see how that plays out.
Finally, the cast describes that what makes the show successful is the family dynamic of the SuperFam.
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