‘Superman and Lois’ proves on HBO that there are infinite versions of the Kryptonian: this one is familiar, light and brimming with classic adventure
Possibly there is no fan of superheroes in general and of Superman in particular who has not twisted his nose, even if only slightly, when he first saw Tyler Hoechlin as the most famous Kryptonian in the DC Universe. It’s understandable: His physique is far from the sexy, seamless bulk of other incarnations of the hero since the days of black-and-white serials.
Okay: there is the square jaw and the penetrating gaze, the musculature and the height, but … there is something that does not fit. Possibly the bushy eyebrows that clichés so often identify with the villains of the show, or the small mouth and that mumbling, or … nothing concrete, but something is wrong, right? However, his series did not even need to arrive: and her appearance in ‘Supergirl’After the initial surprise, he made it clear that this new Superman filled the tights without problems.
The key is in the ease with which Hoechlin goes from Clark Kent to Superman. You don’t need the glasses: a change of gesture, a smile, and the magic works. Superman is here a family man who occasionally saves the world, not a genocide from outer space or a caring god incarnate, as in other (not always correct) versions. This Superman is approachable, heroic, and fits the usual (but not essential) approach to series DC de The CW: hints of adventure on a light drama base.
And that is the essence of this first episode of ‘Superman & Lois’, even with the higher dramatic load than in more decidedly light series like ‘Supergirl’, not to say overtly parodic, like ‘Legends of Tomorrow’. Without going into spoilers, this episode provides some death to overcome and family conflicts on various levels, but also a very mature Superman, aware of his role and perfect father and husband … even in front of Lana Lang.
Superman and Lois: Return to Kansas
In fact, the series ‘Superman and Lois’ has the most in common with is ‘Black Lightning’ and its clever mix of straightforward family drama and superhero adventures. Here we have, of course, Superman in full swing, with ice breath and lightning in his eyes (almost proving that he is not ashamed to display the catalog of comic book tricks that The CW series so proudly refer to relentlessly), saving nuclear power plants and traveling into outer space to deal slaps at an old enemy.
But we also have Clark Kent forced to grapple with the responsibility of telling his children the truth about his identity, fearful that at some point the powers that characterize him will also manifest in them. Everything related to that disruptive element has a very interesting vibration, more in the vein of the X-Men and their uncontrollable powers as a metaphor for puberty than in that of the demigods in tights that usually populate DC stories.
If there is a complaint for this pilot, it is that Lois is somewhat cornered in dramatic terms: although she is the independent Lois and at the height of her husband that we know, in this first episode she seems not to have much relevance. Although without a doubt the subplot of the tycoon who seems to want to control Smallville in the shadows will give you a chance to investigate and catch up with Superman.
The proof that ‘Superman and Lois’ works and lives up to the great adaptations of the character is in a couple of key moments: the opening narrative, punctuated with nods to the character’s story, which overflows with sympathy and a sense of wonder. And the sequence in which he slowly unfolds his powers before a few chosen witnesses: the simplicity, understanding of the greatness of Superman’s powers, and the assumption that it doesn’t take too much bombast to portray a superhero like this, reaffirms the viewer. . He may not have your typical physique, but Hoechlin is as Superman as anyone.