For both Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch, their title roles in Superman & Lois are very familiar. In 2016, Tyler was cast as Clark Kent/aka Superman on The CW series Supergirl. Two years later, Elizabeth played Lois Lane in the network’s crossover event, Supergirl and The Flash.
In this new incarnation of the story, Clark and Lois are married and are the parents of two 14-year-old sons, Jonathan (Jordan Elsass, Little Fires Everywhere) and Jordan (Alexander Garfin, The Peanuts Movie).
Tyler and Elizabeth, aka ‘Bitsie,’ spoke with the TV Critics Association about their new take on the Superman franchise. The series premieres on The CW on February 23rd, 2021.
Honor and Privilege
What has it been like bringing this new version of Superman and Lois to life?
Tyler Hoechlin: (Superman is) something that I’ve been lucky enough to be playing for a few years now. So it does feel very new and, at the same time, familiar. It’s been an honor and a privilege to do it from day one.
(I’m) very excited about telling a completely different story than we’ve seen with these characters before.
Bitsie Tulloch: It’s been very humbling to be playing a strong female character as iconic as Lois Lane. Since she was first introduced in 1938, along with Superman, she has really represented someone who’s incredibly dogged, determined and uncompromising.
I think at a time right now when the profession of journalism has been under siege, it’s especially important. I take it very seriously.
Tyler, other actors have taken on this character before. They have found that they had little wiggle room with playing the Superman part of it. Where they put their brand was with Clark Kent. Could you talk about playing that part of it?
Tyler: Sure. I think with Superman, he stands for something. He is so symbolic. There are things that you come to know that he’s unwavering in. So you feel a responsibility to carry on those things as well.
With Clark, there is more leeway. You can find those subtleties that are a little bit more human about him. It’s a little bit more flexible to have some fun with it. In a way he’s putting on a show when he’s Clark. Clark Kent, who you would never assume is Superman.
Clark has a new Superman outfit in this.
Tyler: Yeah. It’s a different time in his life, so it would only make sense the suit would change to reflect that.
Bitsie, how was it for you having to inhabit this new story?
Bitsie: It was really grounded and it was real. What I’m hoping audiences respond to in our show is this couple. Even though she’s this dynamic journalist and he’s Superman, (they) are incredibly relatable.
They’re dealing with a lot of the same issues that normal people deal with; having hormonal teenagers who are pushing back against (them). I think it feels really grounded like Superman and Lois Lane could be your next-door neighbors.
Tyler, what was it like playing the dad of teenagers? Was that a shock to you? And how good of a father is Clark?
Tyler: My first thought was of course I would have two 14-year-old boys, that completely makes sense. It’s definitely been something interesting.
Obviously, that’s not the phase of life that I’m in.
More than anything, it’s really just taking from my dad. My dad made a real conscious effort to always being around us as much as possible. Even being an emergency room doc and working crazy hours. (He made) it to all our baseball games.
I take a lot from him. That’s really been my inspiration for the dad stuff. Hopefully Clark can find a way to be half the dad my dad was. My dad has been awesome.
Bitsie: For Clark and Lois, they realize that they have been possibly prioritizing the wrong things – their careers. The kids are getting a little out of control and they need help. (They’re) putting the boys first, and the family first.
I think one of the cool things about the way Tyler and I play Lois and Clark is that our relationship too is one of mutual respect and admiration. And I think we treat the boys the same way.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
Tyler: It would be flying. I love to travel, I love to get around. So if I could get free flights anywhere, anytime that would be pretty top-notch.
Bitsie: I was gonna say flying.
Tyler: Well, sorry. Go first next time.
Bitsie: (Could) not needing sleep be a superpower? That would be really nice. Yeah. That’s what I would choose.