Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-Ray I reviewed in this blog post. The opinions I share are my own.
With The Flash losing momentum in its seventh season, Superman and Lois emerged as the must-watch series on The CW. Buoyed by strong leads in Tyler Hoechlin as Clark Kent/Superman and Elizabeth Tulloch as Lois Lane, the first season quickly set a new high mark for The CW’s superhero TV universe.
The core aspect of the series was Clark and Lois deciding to streamline their busy lives in Metropolis and return to Smallville in order to make the transition to high school easier for their sons, Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) and Jordan (Alex Garfin). This puts Clark in an unusual position as being a parent to teen sons isn’t as easy as facing off with Lex Luthor or Brainiac.
Switching to Smallville is easier for the outgoing Jonathan, who makes fast friends on the football team. Lois finds a new cause as Metropolis business tycoon Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner) has strangely set up an outreach effort in the town, which is appealing to Clark’s old girlfriend Lana (Emmanuelle Chriqui) and husband, Kyle (Erik Valdez).
Everything changes for the Kent family when one of the boys starts to discover he might have received more from his father than just his hair color.
Superman and Lois’ writers avoid the cliché pitfalls that doom many of The CW Verse shows. Jordan and Jonathan aren’t spoiled brats and Lois is often the sterner parent keeping them in line. Superman isn’t watered down and he utilizes an impressive array of his powers in creative fashion.
Often the fight scenes feel like they’re on a blockbuster scale with no visual shortcuts or workarounds. Superman is in full powered up mode on the series. That’s doubly apparent when Superman is joined by a new ally (Wolé Parks) as they face the true threat of the season.
This was a very promising start to a show focusing on one of DC’s flagship characters. Season 2 is already in the works and if it’s as strong as this installment, The CW Verse will have at least one appointment TV series.
15 ONE-HOUR EXTENDED EPISODES
- The Perks of Not Being a Wallflower
- The Best of Smallville
- Broken Trust
- Man of Steel
- Holding the Wrench
- Loyal Subjekts
- O Mother, Where Art Thou?
- A Brief Reminiscence In-Between Cataclysmic Events
- Through the Valley of Death
- Fail Safe
- The Eradicator
- Last Sons of Krypton
- Superman and Lois – Legacy of Hope (18:57) — This is a series of talking heads including Jim Lee, Geoff Johns, Tulloch and Hoechlin, explaining why Superman is such an inspiring and enduring character. And how his life changes when he becomes a father. It’s interesting that the talking heads still refer to it as The Arrowverse. [DISC 1]
- DC FanDome Panel: Superman & Lois (27:41) — Jim Lee leads the virtual conversation with executive producer Todd Helbing, Hoechlin and Tulloch previewing the first season. Lee also teaches them how to draw the S-shield. It’s a nice inclusion and an interesting snapshot in time with how these panels were done during COVID-19. [DISC 2]
- Superman: Alien Spirit (9:05) — A look at how Superman is the great immigrant story and a global citizen. There’s some irony in this discussion as the producers and staff writers interviewed in this feature don’t reflect much diversity. [DISC 3]
- Never Alone: Heroes and Allies (20:48) — This feature is the same that’s been seen in other current CW Verse superhero shows. It’s a fun look at friendships, sidekicks and partners. [DISC 3]
With a full 1080p full HD video and DTS-HD master audio for English 5.1, the video quality is impressive. It’s not reference quality, but you won’t have any issue with how it looks or sounds.
Superman and Lois has a bigger budget than most of the other CW shows and the visual improvement is noticeable. Many of the special effects and fight scenes have a big budget feel and is an improvement over the standard HD broadcast version.
The series sports a solid audio track catching a fair amount of the background elements and the sonic boom Superman flight effects.
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