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Smallville Alum Kristin Kreuk Gives Superman & Lois' Lana Her Blessing
With an announced January 2021 premiere window and a confirmed crossover with soon-to-have-a-new-lead Batwoman, it doesn't look like The CW is giving Superman & Lois a ton of time to enjoy that "new show" smell before getting to work. One of the things the show and Emmanuelle Chriqui have going for them is the blessing of Smallville alum Kristin Kreuk (Burden of Truth), who thinks it's "great" that Lana Lang will be a part of the new Arrowverse show's universe.
Speaking with TVLine, Kreuk sees strong potential in expanding Lana's backstory: "She's a great character, and with the freedom that's afforded creators right now in regards to comic book characters, I think they can adjust and adapt her into a more modern position in the world." Of special interest to Kreuk is how an older Lana is portrayed: "I imagine that Lana is a very different character in a different universe. I am excited to… hear about how the show portrays her. She's an interesting character in the canon, so having her be in a predominant role on this new show is awesome."
As for Chriqui? Kreuk is giving the actress a "thumbs-up": "She's wonderful and very nice. I'm sure she'll be fine." And while the Burden of Truth actress is fine to have Smallville move on as a piece of the larger Arrowverse ("It's so fun to have Smallville get incorporated into the current comic book shows. It feels like we're in a continuum, which is really neat"), she isn't against the idea of making a guest appearance on one of the shows: "Yea, totally, depending on what it was. It'd be so much fun."
In the hour-long drama written by The Flash executive producer Todd Helbing, DC Universe architect Greg Berlanti, and Warner Bros. TV, and based on the DC characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, Superman & Lois finds Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch returning as the world's most famous superhero and comic books' most famous journalist. Together, they must deal with all the stress, pressures, and complexities that come with being working parents in today's society. The series also stars Inde Navarrette, Erik Valdez, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Jordan Elsass, Alexander Garfin, Wolé Parks, and Dylan Walsh. Helbing, Berlanti, Sarah Schechter, and Geoff Johns are set to executive produce.
In SUPERMAN & LOIS, after years of facing megalomaniacal supervillains, monsters wreaking havoc on Metropolis, and alien invaders intent on wiping out the human race, the world's most famous superhero, The Man of Steel aka Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin, "Teen Wolf") and comic books' most famous journalist, Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch, "Grimm"), come face to face with one of their greatest challenges ever – dealing with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today's society. Complicating the already daunting job of raising two boys, Clark and Lois must also concern themselves with whether or not their sons Jonathan (Jordan Elsass, "Little Fires Everywhere") and Jordan (Alexander Garfin, "The Peanuts Movie") could inherit their father's Kryptonian superpowers as they grow older.
Returning to Smallville to handle some Kent family business, Clark and Lois are reacquainted with Lana Lang (Emmanuelle Chriqui, "Entourage"), a local loan officer who also happens to be Clark's first love, and her Fire Chief husband Kyle Cushing (Erik Valdez, "Graceland"). The adults aren't the only ones rediscovering old friendships in Smallville as the Kent sons are reacquainted with Lana and Kyle's rebellious daughter, Sarah (Inde Navarrette, "Wander Darkly"). Of course, there's never a dull moment in the life of a superhero, especially with Lois' father, General Samuel Lane (Dylan Walsh, "Nip/Tuck") looking for Superman to vanquish a villain or save the day at a moment's notice. Meanwhile, Superman and Lois' return to idyllic Smallville is set to be upended when a mysterious stranger (Wolé Parks, "All American") enters their lives.