Superman & Lois is gearing up for its third season in 2023. After main modifications — the revelation of its Arrowverse departure in addition to the stunning announcement that Jordan Elsass is not going to be reprising his position of Jonathan Kent — the collection goes by a metamorphosis, which might open the door for additional alterations. Perhaps it is time to even shake up the format of one of many final remaining DCTV exhibits on The CW.
The collection’ first two seasons every featured one overarching storyline, with the principle antagonist or “massive dangerous” being the villain most weeks, both immediately or not directly. Season 1 noticed Lois Lane and Clark Kent going through off in opposition to Morgan Edge, later revealed to be Clark’s Kryptonian brother Tal-Rho, and Season 2 began off with a Bizarro fake-out earlier than revealing its villain to be cult chief Ally Allston, later revealed as Parasite. While each of those villains had been nice, it is time for the present to depart from this format and begin embracing the thought of the “villain of the week,” like earlier Superman exhibits Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman and Smallville.
Superman has the most effective rogues’ galleries, with common villains reminiscent of Lex Luthor, General Zod and Doomsday having all made appearances in lots of live-action Superman portrayals. What’s been nice in Superman & Lois is that the 2 villains hadn’t been tailored earlier than, considered one of them being an unique character. While audiences know that massive villains reminiscent of Luthor and Zod exist within the present’s world, it has been refreshing to see new enemies take the highlight. Superman & Lois utilizing one-off enemies offers the writers the chance to proceed introducing lesser-known villains.
Having a brand new villain every week would create the chance for a few of Superman’s smaller villains to debut — villains that won’t essentially be sturdy sufficient to be Season 3’s major antagonist, however nonetheless have lots to supply. These embody Metallo, a cyborg with a Kryptonite coronary heart, and the dimension-hopping Mister Mxyzptlk. While Mxyzptlk has appeared in Supergirl, Superman & Lois‘ exit from the Arrowverse permits for a brand new and attention-grabbing tackle the character. Other dangerous guys who would make good one-off villains or maybe have in a restricted arc are Toyman (who additionally appeared in Supergirl) or Lobo, who Superman has a historical past with by way of the Earth-Prime tie-in comedian. The writers might additionally preserve creating unique adversaries.
Having a “villain of the week” would additionally create nice storytelling alternatives for present characters. Lois is the world’s best reporter, so it could be enjoyable for audiences to see extra of her investigative expertise as she tracks down enemies and helps Superman cease them. This permits for extra Lois-centric episodes, as a result of she could be the driving drive in pursuit of a selected villain. It would additionally let audiences see extra of Lois and Clark as a duo, every week fixing one other thriller like in Lois & Clark and Smallville. One-off villains would give Jordan Kent the chance to coach and hone his talents by going through off in opposition to minor threats.
This strategy does not imply there cannot nonetheless be a giant dangerous. Great villains like Brainiac and Luthor have but to look, and so they can nonetheless be the villain of the season — simply not the main focus each week. While audiences can count on an look from Bruno Mannheim, who was name-dropped in Season 2, not a lot else is thought about which villains will seem in Superman & Lois Season 3. But the collection might give followers a wider vary of adversaries if it tries the “villain of the week” technique.
Superman & Lois Season 3 will premiere on The CW in midseason 2023.