Superman & Lois season 2 will tackle some of the big unresolved questions regarding the show's lack of Arrowverse crossovers. The Arrowverse, which is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this October, has been able to adapt multiple iconic DC superheroes and villains from comic book panel to screen. One of the franchise's latest additions was Superman & Lois, which premiered in 2021, and features Tyler Hoechlin and Bitsie Tulloch's respective characters in their own show. Unlike previous Superman adaptations, this incarnation focuses on the pair trying to juggle work responsibilities while also being parents.
Currently airing its season 2, it didn't take long for Superman & Lois to become one of The CW's most successful shows. However, while the DC drama has been exploring this new take on the Man of Steel and Lois Lane, the show has had little interaction with the other Arrowverse series. Since the Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover in 2020, Superman & Lois has barely acknowledged its ties to the wider Arrowverse franchise. With the exception of a few Crisis mentions, David Ramsey's John Diggle is the only major Arrowverse hero to show up on the series in season 1. While Superman & Lois also brought back Jenna Dewan's Lucy Lane, this incarnation is a post-Crisis iteration of the character who appeared in Supergirl season 1.
As fans have been inquiring about the lack of references to the larger Arrowverse, Superman & Lois showrunner Todd Helbing recently tackled this very question. At this year's WonderCon (via Daniel Alvarez) the topic came up during the Superman & Lois panel, including the question of why Kara Zor-El, Clark's cousin, has yet to be brought up. Without revealing any spoilers, Helbing assured fans that at the end of Superman & Lois season 2, viewers would have all their questions answered, sharing the following:
"All I'll say is I think like everybody has this question why we don't bring up Supergirl or The Flash or any other heroes and aside from us not being able to do crossovers and wanting to put our own stamp on this property, l'll just say at the end of this season you guys will get the answer to the questions you have."
Though Helbing's comments could easily be interpreted as a possible tease that Superman & Lois will be revealed to have never been set on Earth-Prime in the first place, a few things cancel out that hypothesis. For starters, when Diggle appeared, it was made abundantly clear that this iteration is the same one that Clark and Lois met during Crisis on Infinite Earths. Not only was his Green Lantern mystery brought up, but Diggle references the Arrowverse's past with doppelgangers, parallel universes, and even an allusion to Oliver Queens' death. Superman & Lois is also taking part in a tie-in Arrowverse comic event titled Earth-Prime, which starts this month and serves as a crossover that has been confirmed to be canon to all other Arrowverse shows.
While it will be intriguing to see what these "answer[s]" will be, it's still understandable that some viewers have found Superman & Lois' lack of Arrrowverse connections strange for quite some time. It was especially odd not to hear Superman & Lois as much as reference Kara revealing her true identity after the Supergirl series finale last year. As Superman & Lois was one of the two Arrowverse series to be renewed for another season, perhaps season 3 will reveal bigger connections to the overall franchise. Whether this would be through more subtle references or actual appearances by other Arrowverse characters, however, remain to be seen. For now, Superman & Lois fans clearly have some major updates to look forward to when the show returns on Tuesday, April 26.
Source: WonderCon (via Daniel Alvarez)