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Superman & Lois Director Tom Cavanagh Shares Looks at Season 3 Filming

See? This is what happens when you're trying to cover so many shows at once. Occasionally, something comes close to getting by you… close. Previously, we covered what Tyler Hoechlin & Elizabeth Tulloch had to share/tease about the upcoming third season of The CW's Superman & Lois. And then we had Michael Bishop joining the cast as the new Jonathan Kent, followed by Arrowverse & non-Arrowverse actor/director David Ramsey & Chad L. Coleman (The Orville), both confirming that Coleman will be joining the series as Bruno Mannheim, the leader of Intergang. And yet, with all of that going on, we didn't think to check out if there were any updates on how things were going with filming. Thankfully, The Flash star & Arrowverse director Tom Cavanagh (The Flash, 3 episodes; Superman & Lois, 1 episode) has been sharing updates since the middle of the month as he directs the season opener. Over the course of five posts, we get glimpses of Hoechlin, Alex Garfin, and Inde Navarrette, as well as his The Flash co-star Brandon McKnight, with the final post from earlier today offering a glimpse of Hoechlin's Superman in action.

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The Flash — "Timeless" — Image Number: FLA709a_0064r.jpg — Pictured: Tom Cavanagh as Timeless Wells — Photo: Bettina Strauss/The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.Photo Credit: Bettina Strauss

Here's a look at Cavanagh's posts guiding fans through the past two weeks or so:

"I read Season 3 Episode 1 [of Superman & Lois] on the plane last night. It's great," Tulloch shared with the crowd (and those watching at home, thanks to those kind enough to post their videos) at Fan Expo Canada 2022 during a Q&A panel. And while it's still too early to know where exactly things are headed, Tulloch and Hoechlin like what they're seeing. "Tyler and I were saying this season might be the most exciting from our point of view because we've been given the general arc of this season, and Lois' particular storyline is like, 'whoa!' I did not have any idea they were going in that direction," Tulloch added.

Superman & Lois Director Tom Cavanagh Shares Looks at Season 3 Filming
Supergirl — "The Gauntlet" — Image Number: SPG613fg_0047r — Pictured (L-R): Melissa Benoist as Supergirl — Photo: The CW — © 2021 The CW Network, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

Also, during that Fan Expo Canada 2022 Q&A panel, Hoechlin & Tulloch were asked about the rumors that Melissa Benoist may be returning to the role of Supergirl during the upcoming season. "We have not heard that rumor about her coming on the show. She has expressed interest to me in doing it, and I know that we would love to work with her again and Grant [Gustin] and everyone else," Tulloch replied. "I just don't know…ever since we started the show, COVID has been a reality which is why we haven't done any of the crossovers or anything like that, so we just can't speak to whether or not that's feasible." Except, there's a problem…

Showrunner Todd Helbing has already revealed a major complication to that happening. During the second season finale, it was confirmed that Superman & Lois didn't have any Arrowverse crossovers because it was never set in the Arrowverse in the first place. Yup, still a bitter pill to swallow. So, for example, as we mentioned before about Ramsey's John Diggle? Yeah, that's the show's version and now the Arrowverse version. So if Benoist's Supergirl was to appear during the third or a future season, it would have to involve writing her a new backstory that works for the show (Helbing said as much during an episode of The Flash Podcast: "Yeah, it would not be the Supergirl from the Arrowverse, it would be our version so we would invent a new backstory for her"). Here's a look at Tulloch's response during the recent Fan Expo Canada 2022, where the question of Benoist's return was asked and addressed (so let the speculation begin now)- with big thanks to Brief Take for posting the video:

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Ray FlookAbout Ray Flook

Serving as Television Editor since 2018, Ray began five years earlier as a contributing writer/photographer before being brought onto the core BC team in 2017.
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